Ocassionally there's a synth that comes along that you just know you're going to love. We feel this way about the latest incarnation from Dillon Bastan. This granular synth M4L device released today by Ableton is a little bit special. Here's more details from Ableton's press release about iota:
Conceived and developed by Los Angeles musician, artist and programmer Dillon Bastan, Iota is a Max For Live device that enables regions within a sample to be looped, layered, filtered and processed by drawing boxes in a spectrogram using a set of familiar graphical editing tools. Use it to deconstruct any sound as you like, rebuilding it as a composite of glitchy micro-loops, an ever-shifting soundscape or anything else you can dream up.
Three playback modes let you lock Iota to Live’s transport for synced playback, unlock it to play back autonomously and endlessly – ideal for unattended sound installations – or control individual loops via Push or a MIDI keyboard. Parameter changes and loop box movements can be recorded and played back within Iota itself, too, making it easy to apply evolving timbral changes to each individual loop over time.
Beyond the natural intuitiveness of the ‘loop boxing’ paradigm, electronic musicians will find Iota’s synthesis controls flexible and fast to work with, while sound designers will lose themselves in the limitless spectral possibilities it opens up. From evocative ambiences and sinuous textures to finely-sculpted FX and polyrhythmic soundbeds, Iota realises a unique and powerful new approach to granular synthesis and sound design that any Live user can easily get to grips with, no matter what their experience or ability level.
Price: EUR 29 / USD 39