Sugar Bytes’ Graindad plugin could be a realtime granular FX processor to cherish

Not to be confused with Clive Dunn’s 1971 hit single Grandad or the subsequent BBC TV show of the same name, Sugar Bytes’ Graindad is instead a realtime granular FX plugin. You can use this to make all manner of manipulations to your audio, and all in realtime.

At the heart of things you’ll find the Grain Engine, which has the power to play back your audio up to 64 times via its - you guessed it - grains. You can harness this power with 12 main parameters, which can create looping, stuttering, timestretching, pitch shifting, reversing and harmonising effects.

Modulation comes in two flavours: traditional devices such as an envelope, LFO and a step sequencer, and via the Harvester system, which enables you to control multiple parameters simultaneously. These two methods can be combined for more complex results.

There are also effects, such as filters, three types of reverb and a delay section with flanger and chorus modes. Hundreds of presets are included, too.

Graindad is available now priced at €99. It runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX and standalone formats. Find out more and download a demo on the Sugar Bytes website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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