When I modulate pitch in the granular module, the effect is as if I’m modulating the frequency of a sample. The pitch changes seem to update as fast as the modulator does. So if I have slow frequency triggering of long grains, and a faster noise module (set to toggle), I hear the pitch changing at the rate of the noise module. What I would normally expect is the pitch module signal is checked once per grain onset and stays at that pitch for the duration of the grain, like a sample and hold.
One of the big features of granular is to have a cloud sitting at pitch, with random changes per grain to grain length and density (frequency on the SSP) and then slowly widening the amount of pitch modulation. As that per grain random pitch modulation spreads out, small amounts add subtle choruses, larger amounts create different textures finally up to noise. That’s not happening with the current granular module and its unfortunate as the SSP’s ability to do large clouds would make that sound absolutely incredible.
What I’ve worked with before and has worked well is a set-up with 4 controls that allow setting the basic grain length, number of grains (frequency on the SSP), pitch of grains, and “scanning” (the speed which the start point moves through the sample that’s being granulated. Added to those 4 controls are 4 “partner” controls that allow adding randomness to those primary functions.
So length is randomly changed within a specified region of randomness, density adds variability to the triggering, causing the regular pulse initiating grains to become more irregular with the more randomness that is added, and with the scanning the point from which grains are selected is jittered.
Some of this I can do with the current granular model, but getting the key granular sound of pitch clouds isn’t happening. The current random function, linked variability to frequency and length, is very mild.
It would be great to have the expected behavior with pitch modulation, and to have these key randomizing functions built-in without patching a noise module.