A true powerhouse of audio warfare, Grind puts the "damage" in Audio Damage. From subtle tube-style saturation to full-on mangled wavetable distortion, Grind is a Swiss Army Knife of sound design. This effect consists of three main blocks: wavetable lookup, in to algorithmic saturation/distortion/, and finally to a multi-mode filter with eleven different topologies, from your favorite four-pole lowpass ladder filter, to the 18dB screaming acid, to more subtle toolbox filters like notch. Driving it all is a tempo-synced LFO for rhythmic filtering and grinding.
Grind is code-identical to our VST/AU/AAX version, and can even load its presets. Take your favorite destruction plug on the road with you in this AudioUnits v3 version. Also includes a stand-alone app.
> Input gain and gate
> Wavetable lookup distortion module with LFO modulation over 15 wavetables, and control over window size and phase. This replaces the input sample with one chosen from the selected wavetable based on input level.
> Algorithmic distortion module. Apply one of eleven different distortion/saturation algorithms to the signal, for everything from subtle tube-style harmonic saturation to full sine driver craziness.
> Multi-mode filter with eleven different topologies, from popular vintage synth filters to studio carving tools. The filter frequency is an LFO modulation target, making this worth the price of admission for the filter alone.
> Tempo-synced LFO. In an AUv3 host, Grind's LFO automatically syncs to your host, and can provide rhythmic interest to virtually any track. Mod the filter, for timbral interest, or mod the wavetable, for the full Grind destructo-effect!
> A mix control rounds out this easy-to-use, yet deceptively intense effect. Add a little or add it all, Grind is a multi-effect that will bring any sound to life.
The new preset manager in 1.0.106 didn't actually load or save presets. This one does. Sorry about that!
Ratings and Reviews
Horrible cpu usage
Spiking 70% at times only 4 patterns one track insert. I shut off grind and it’s back to normal cpu in bm3. Help please make it more efficient almost unusable
Lovely destruction unit. As the app info says, you got 2 distortion/overdrive units. One is based on using wavetables/shapes, something I had never heard of before seeing this, it offers up a lot of fun ways to destroy your sounds, scanning through a wavetable, constantly changing the character of the distortion.
The other unit is a traditional 1 knob affair, with plenty distortion algorithms to choose from, from more subtle saturations to full on distortions.
There's a multi-mode filter unit, again with lots of filters to choose from. A HP & LP filter are modeled after the MS-20, so definitely a juicy filter unit that complements the dist units really well.
There's an LFO, syncable, with filter cut off and wavetable scan as destinations.
It sounds great to me. It's easy to use, the UI is well laid out. I tend to bring out distortion units for drums, and this unit certainly does the job well here. Will breed life into your most lamest drumloop, even cowbells!
Combine this with their free compressor Rough Rider 2, which is tailor made for smashing drums up, and voila!:-)
Amazingly diverse, damaging sounds
Grind really does amazing things to whatever you throw at it. It's incredibly diverse. It can turn a butter knife into a chainsaw.
There are some weird UI layout issues in the first release that would be great to see fixed, but they can usually be worked around (reload the standalone version, or rotate the phone before opening the AU host).
Even with that, it sounds so good that there's no good reason not to have it in your sonic toolbox
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.