K-Devices Magma, a Granular Texture Generator



K-Devices has released Magma, a granular texture generator for ‘the most adventurous sound designers’. The ‘memory warper and propagator’ is capable of experimental effects processing.

K-Devices last released TATAT, a MIDI note generator capable of spontaneously producing evolving melodies and chord sequences through probabilistic processes.

It was quite a bit of fun meddling around with TATAT, so we are expecting their latest release, Magma, to be every bit as creatively stimulating. An audio effect that is difficult to categorise, as they have described Magma as a cross between “a micro-looper, a granular engine, a sustainer, and a sound warmer,” giving users the ability to produce a variety of ethereal and atmospheric sonic textures from any source audio.

Magma works by continuously recording incoming signal into a short buffer, then creating textures by piecing together, looping and processing short snippets of this input, much like a granular synthesizer. The plugin’s capable of producing a broad range of sounds, including reverb-like effects, spectral shadows, infinite drones and strange, distorted timbres.

Users can sculpt the granular textures produced by Magma through a variety of parameters. The Memory knob selects which grain of sound is to be used from the source audio, while Size and Rate determine its length and rate of playback. The temperature knob adds a custom-designed distortion through noise-based amplitude modulation, while the EQ section provides the opportunity to brighten or darken Magma’s sound.

Magma is available in VST3/AU formats, and is priced at €19.00 until Nov 1st, thereafter it will be €39.00.

Find out more on the K-Devices website.

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