How about a lo-fi, monophonic granular sampler from the Czech Republic? That’s exactly what the microGranny 2.0 is. Bastl Instruments offers the first batch of this quirky little box for sale on their website.

The microGranny 2.0 takes a microSD card with WAV samples and allows you to perform granular algorithms on your audio. You can set your sample’s start and end points and have limited envelope controls. You can record your own audio with the onboard mic, in glorious 8-bit 22050Hz WAV.

Extra retroness is added with vintage orange knobs as well as a sample bank of Czechoslovakia 80s pop music.

As the microGranny 2.0 is Arduino-based, the device is perfectly hackable. Here’s the full feature list:

  • monophonic mono sampler
  • microSD card (storing + recording samples, storing presets)
  • 6 sounds with full adjustments storable in a preset at once
  • 60 presets in 10 banks (6 preset per bank), stored as .txt files on microSD card
  • wav sample playback from microSD card (mono, 22050 Hz, 8 or 16 bit, two letter file name)
  • 8-bit 22050Hz wav recording via line input or onboard microphone
  • hold button
  • sample rate (tuned or free run)
  • crush
  • start, end position with repeat, instant loop
  • granular settings: grain size and shift speed (positive or negative)
  • amplitude envelope attack and release
  • MIDI Input – responds to note, cc and clock (synchronize loop and grains)
  • MIDI side chain envelope restart
  • copy, paste
  • input & output volume knob
  • power switch – plug / battery
  • hackable – arduino based

You can get the microGranny 2.0 for €160 from Bastl’s website

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