Berlin-based electronic music composer Hainbach created these twenty patches for Quanta using samples sourced from his wall of test equipment, covering both the dark and foreboding soundscapes and the light and airy dynamism Hainbach is known for.
Chris Randall of Audio Damage saw Hainbach’s video on the Princeton Applied Research 124A Lock-In Amplifier and was impressed. He asked Hainbach if he could make a pack on basis of that machine for their synth Quanta. Granular synthesis has been an old love of Hainbach, it was even part of his master exam back in University. Combining the test equipment with the granular tools was a perfect fit.
- Multi-Format Sample Loader
Quanta can load AIFF, WAV, Broadcast WAV, FLAC, MP3, and Ogg in any sample rate, bit depth, and channel configuration.
- Grain Engine
Up to 100 simultaneous grains per voice, of up to 1 seconds long, with control over grain rate, pitch, direction, shape, length, panning, source position, and level.
- Sidecar Oscillator
Continuously variable wave shape, with pulse width modulation, and independent control over the pitch (separate from grain engine.) It can be injected directly into the grain engine.
- Noise Source
Noise source features a “color” control that affects tonal characteristics of the noise. It can be injected directly into the grain engine.
- Dual Multi-Mode Filters
Filters can be used in serial or parallel modes, and include lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and notch in 2-pole and 4-pole configurations.
- Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG) x 4
The four FEGs are arbitrary function generators, with up to 99 steps, curve and step level control, arbitrary loop points, and host tempo sync.
- Flexible Low-Frequency Oscillator (FLFO) x 2
The pair of FLFOs utilizes four controls (phase, shape, skew, and warp) to access a virtually limitless palette of waveforms, and feature host tempo sync and retrigger.
- Sample And Hold
The S&H mod source can sample noise (random) or any of the other mod sources, at either a user-defined rate or a musical division.
- Modulation Matrix
Every mod and MIDI source can be easily and simply assigned to any destination using the quick-access bi-polar modulation matrix. Touch a destination on the UI and the matrix automatically scrolls to the correct row.
- Tuning Tables And Global Tuning Offset
Re-tune Quanta to new intonations and temperaments using the open-source and easy-to-use TUN file format. A global tuning offset (default to A=440) allows you to easily retune the entire synth to match a different A frequency without using a tuning table.
- MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression)
Quanta understands both “legacy” MIDI and MPE. Use your Linnstrument, Roli Seaboard, Haken Continuum, or Madrona Labs Soundplane (among others) to directly access per-note pressure, pitch bend, and modulation.
- Per-Instance Settings
Quanta utilizes a per-instance customization method: set MPE mode, aftertouch smoothing, pitch bend range override, tuning table, and global tuning offset for each instance in your DAW.
- Factory Presets
Quanta comes with a substantial collection of factory content, including Designer Presets from Marcus Fisher, Joseph Fraioli, Chris Carter, and Richard Devine.
- Cross-Platform Preset Format
Quanta utilizes an XML-based preset manager, and stores the sample within the preset for easy asset management. Work between multiple systems without troubles, make a preset on your desktop machine and paste it to the iOS version with Handoff, easily share your creations with your friends, or make a preset bundle to sell, no asset management required.
- Fully Resizable Hi-Dpi/Retina GUI
Quanta’s vector-based GUI is resolution-agnostic and displays the same on every system and resolution. Easily resize the UI (per instance) to match your visual needs, from postage stamp to poster-sized.
If you scroll to the bottom of the Quanta product page, you’ll see a download link for the preset pack, plus a link to the video showing the creation and a full walkthrough of Quanta. In the next update of Quanta, this pack will be moved to the Artist presets, but for now, you’re welcome to install it as you would any other 3rd party content.