Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Tim Webb
The long awaited Borderlands Granular has finally been approved by Apple! This is a neat new take on sample-based granular fun, with an interface designed for the iPad that is quite similar to the popular TC-11 synth. Thanks to reader Pablof79 for the heads-up!
Borderlands Granular is a new musical instrument for the iPad.
Explore, touch, and transform sound with this new interface for granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures.
Borderlands Granular emphasizes gestural interaction over knobs and sliders. Create, drag, and throw pulsing collections of grains over a landscape of audio files, or use the built-in accelerometer to sculpt sound with gravity. Record and share performances on the web.
NOTE: Borderlands Granular is designed for iPad 2 and 3. It will run on the iPad 1, but with slower performance due to the heavy requirements of the audio processing.
Presently importing your own samples is limited to iTunes file-sharing. That is a bit of a bummer, but at least you can get them in there somehow! Exporting is also limited to SoundCloud and iTunes. Hopefully future updates will add to those options!
There is a nice interactive tutorial built into the app, along with this video to help give you an idea of how it works.