If you’ve tried granular synthesis before and were nonplussed with results that were more abstract than you’d prefer, Sweetwater has a plug-in you should know about. Output Portal is a granular synthesis FX plug-in that re-synthesizes sounds to deliver results that are more closely related to the original signal; transforming your VSTs, drum samples, or live inputs such as vocals and guitars into new sonic possibilities.
Output – Portal VST Size : 320,8 Mo
- Mac OS X 10.9 or later, Windows 7 or later
- AAX, VST, VST3, AU
- Kontakt 5.5 or Higher (download here)
Plugin Overview :
What is Portal VST by Output?
Like all Output plugins, Portal is blessed with an absolutely stunning GUI – clean, succinct and beautifully animated. The Main page is essentially a performance control interface, in which that sexy XY pad moves the two assignable Macro controllers next to it (which we’ll come back to) in tandem; the Reverse switch instantly kicks the output into reverse playback; and faders adjust input, output and global dry/wet mix levels, the last lockable for consistency when auditioning presets (of which there are over 250, incidentally).
At the top of the main (Advanced) page, the Grain Controls section offers extensive tweaking of Portal’s granulator engine, which slices the incoming signal into ‘grains’, and messes with their generation and playback. Up to 16 grains are generated at a time, at a sampling rate adjustable from 1/64t to 1 bar. Grains can be pitched up and down, snapped to a range of scales and chords, shortened or lengthened for choppy or ‘smeared’ sounds, slowed down in sync with the host DAW or not, panned, offset, and have an envelope applied for softening. Many of these parameters are randomisable, and the Grain Delay section works like a delay effect, routing the output back to the input for further granularising via the feedback control.
- Advanced: Go beyond the presets and mess with grain controls, modulation and FX in PORTAL’s advanced features.
- Time Stretch: Slow down and stretch your sounds, then easily sync them to your master tempo or leave them unsynced for a more experimental vibe.
- Humanize: Add natural-sounding variations to envelopes for less repetitive, more organic sounds.
- Pitch Shift: Alter the pitch of your sound without affecting its length or timing. Lock it into a scale for the most musical result.
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