Tempera: A New Granular Instrument

Tempera is a new granular instrument by the makers of the Vector Synth. It features 8 sample slots, each represented by a verticle column, that can be played back polyphonically, 4 granular emitters, envelopes, lfos, a filter, and a reverb.

This looks stunning and finally a really fresh innovative interface!


Reminds me of my old tenori on


looks rad although for a 12 minute demo explaining what it does I still don’t feel totally clear on its basic functionality.


this one looks nice and interesting…kinda got a bit of that old good gas going on here… :smile_cat:

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This sounds extremely cool, but yeah I really don’t understand the functionality. Regardless I’m excited that it exists - granular is the one thing that I haven’t found a good piece of hardware for for yet, I don’t really like using Pigments.


Tempera (definition) : a method of painting with pigments dispersed in an emulsion miscible with water.

In the video above at 7:20 he makes wavetables with Pigments that he loads in to Tempera.


I’m expecting this one to draw strong interest, let us now observe whether or not they intend to fully support their product.

I’m also a bit suspicious of any reviewer who keeps pronouncing the word tempera as “tempura” but all of a sudden I find myself very eager to have lunch…


I see a peek into the future of what the new Octatrack could be capable of.
8 tracks of sequenceable granular machines …


I would be concerned about it getting battered in shipping or fried when you first turn it on.

I’ll show myself out. :crazy_face:


that had a lovely granular texture, you should tell jokes all the time.

polyphonic jokes, that is.


Very OT, but I have a suspicion that he does this on purpose to get people to comment “why are you pronouncing it like that??”. As we all know, interactions on YT boost your video and feed the algorithm. I remember when he reviewed the model:cycles and kept pronouncing it “modal” (i.e. mode-all).

Delightfully on-topic: It’s nice to see a device that is at least somewhat innovative in design. The size is nice and the interface looks intuitive. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more.


Interesting. I’m less forgiving of calculated hype-machining than I am with excusably ignorant faux pas so I’ll hope for the latter and lock my doors against any more of the former. Even in a dog eat dog world I would just assume we all ate the same cake and left it at that.

Very interested in this thing if you can sample directly into it. Jeremy didn’t make any mention of that, but on their countdown website it says “record ‐ resample ‐ granularize” above the countdown so fingers crossed.

The rhythmic sequencing reminds me a bit of Cheat Codes on Norns.


Looks slick as hell.


Missed opportunity to place tempura on the tabletop.
Looks like a pretty cool little device.


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nice I want one

There seems to be a mic with a small gain encoder on the right as well

O Tempera! O mores!

(Someone had to say it.)


Anyone with a Lemondrop got an opinion on how this compares? I’ve not really dabbled with granular synthesis but whenever I see it in action I find it real interesting.