Microgranny Monolith takes the Microgranny 2.0 to its most iconic form and final evolution. It’s a lo-fi granular sampling box with better everything. Let’s check it out.
The original Microgranny has gone through several changes in its lifetime of almost a decade. Not least of which is the case. It seemed to end up in the brightest and most improbable plastic cases you can imagine. Bastl has taken care of that by building the Monolith version into the smooth and serious vibe of their more recent products. It’s now made from serious PCB material, with serious knobs and serious buttons. But under the hood, it’s every bit as fun.
The samples, in glorious 8-bit, come in via the microSD slot, or you can record them live via the line input or built-in microphone. You can splash 6 samples across the buttons for instant jamming. A brand new sample set comes ready-loaded from Synthfluencer Bogdan Raczynski – didn’t he do a custom Polyend Tracker a while ago?
You can then get into editing the grain size, warping the playback speed, legato mode, looping and randomisation. You can crush the bits out of it, shift the grains around, do something with a MIDI sidechain envelope restart and generally have a fabulous time. I should mention that there are all sorts of MIDI control in this thing, with the playing of individual grains, clock synced loops and all sorts.
Microgranny Monolith is a weird little box that’s excellent for making music and fiddling with stuff on the go. The new case and updated content give some more legs and room to feel a bit more pro. It should be available in the second half of October for €223
- Microgranny Monolith: Bastl Instruments