crusher-X key features

crusher-X granular synthesizer effect plug-in for Windows (VST & VST3) and macOS (AU, VST, VST3)

Its powerful live, polyphonic, multichannel granular synthesis algorithm creates very complex sounds, drones and outstanding surround effects. Since 1999, the crusher-X trademark has been "the" granular effect standard. crusher-X is used by famous sound-designers, composers, musicians and film-makers all over the world. It comes with GCOs, an Autotune and Pitch tracking system, up to 10-channel surround outputs, up to 199 individual grain streams, unique 3D grain visualization, over 3700 LFOs, over 370 real-time parameters and more than 180 presets.

crusher-X Key features:

  • Real-time live and static, polyphonic and multichannel granular synthesis engine that creates grains from live input signals or sound files
  • Real-time modulation of all Grain Modulations: Delay, Length, Birth, Offset, GCO Mix, GCO Pitch, Speed, Sweep, WaveShaper, X-Crush, Bit-Crush, Filter,  Diffuse, Volume and Pan
  • MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) support
  • Sidechain support to modulate, trigger and spawn grain modulation
  • Grain Controlled Oscillator (GCO) system - crusher-X has Oscillator and Sample grain print-ins that can be generated and mixed with the live- or sidechain input
  • Grain Controlled MIDI (GCM) system - crusher-X can generate MIDI Notes and MIDI Controllers along with each grain to keep external sound or light systems in sync with the grain generation
  • Grain Life-Time (GLT) System - The life-time of each grainstream can be controlled via UI, LFOs, MIDI and the Live and Sidechain Audio Input
  • Autotune and Pitch tracking system 
  • Up to 10-channel surround outputs (e.g. 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.2, 9.1) incl. 7.1.2 Atoms bed layout
  • Microtonal tuning. Tuned Speed, GCO Pitch and Filter-Cut modulations (Grain-Arpeggiator). Comes with hundreds of different tuning scales and MIDI keyboard control
  • Up to 199 individual grain streams (generators) that have multi-core CPU support
  • Physical modeling sliders and an unique physical modeling X/Y controller.
  • Unique 3D grain visualization
  • Unique real-time Grain Window Tilt functionality
  • Over 180 preset patches
  • Over 370 assignable real-time plug-in parameters grouped in categories (VST3), free real-time MIDI control assignments
  • Contains a morph system for all parameters and between patches 
  • Factory sounds provided by the sound designers Richard Devine and Robert Dudzic
  • Unlimited undo/redo and randomize functionalities
  • Over 3700 LFOs. Each Grain Modulation has their own individual set of LFOs for each Generator
  • 2 Global 4 Slot Grain Modulation Matrices (GMMs) with free assignable modulation targets
  • LFO phase and frequency spread modulations (you can spread modulations over several grain stream generators)
  • LFOs, Live Triggers and Grain creation can be bound to the tempo of the DAW (beats / second)
  • Free editable Envelope Follower for additional Grain modulations
  • Grain lengths up to 60 seconds
  • Shadow programs
  • Meta modifications with 13 adore parameters
  • Several granulation live-buffer and freeze modes: Can easily switch between live processing to file processing
  • Can save from the live buffer at any time
  • DCO generator with sample-player
  • Offline rendering
  • Automatic triggered grain buffer filling modes
  • Auto-Normalization during loading of soundfiles
  • Free editable multi-channel Compressor/Expander/Limiter stabilizes feedback and output level behavior
  • Smart latency compensation system
  • Screen-less control for sight impaired composers and musicians