by Robin Vincent | 4,9 / 5,0 | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Tempera

Tempera  ·  Source: Red Means Recording

Tempera

Tempera  ·  Source: Red Means Recording

Tempera

Tempera  ·  Source: Red Means Recording

Tempera

Tempera  ·  Source: Red Means Recording

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Tempera is a new granular instrument from the people behind the Vector Synth. It plays and scrubs samples in different directions polyphonically in creative spaces.

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Tempera

We don’t have the full details yet as, at the time of writing, the Tempera website says it’s 13 days away from revealing everything. Considering it’s being shown at Superbooth, I’m not sure everything is going to plan and now Jeremy of Red Means Recording has dropped a video on it.

So, taking the video as our guide, let’s dig into this preview to see if it whets our appetite.

Tempera

Tempera · Source: Red Means Recording

The main interface is a grid of 8 x 8 touch plates. Each column represents a sample and as you drag your finger down you scrub through the sample. You can load 8 samples in stereo or varying lengths and go to town playing and scrubbing them. To one side is an onboard keyboard to set various notes to hold and play polyphonically. You can also swap that out for a MIDI keyboard and do it that way. I like the self-contained nature of it though.

Tempera

Tempera · Source: Red Means Recording

4 granular emitters can be applied via the front panel working on grain size, grain density, grain spraying and other granular effects. There are a bunch of modulators with lots of shapes to modulate whatever you want. You can set stuff going, dancing with the grains, running around the interface, pumping through effects and played polyphonically from a keyboard.

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The soundscapes coming out of the video are amazing.

Tempra looks very strokable, very interactive, and more like an instrument than a sample player. The interactive visuals are really fascinating.

Jeremy’s video goes into a lot of examples without digging too deep into the functionality. It looks like a beautiful thing.

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One response to “Superbooth 23: Tempera Granular Instrument from Vector Synth”

    Mark Dek says:
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    that’s the sampler bit of Plinky!

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