Product Review: Output Portal – Granular Goodness!
Output’s Portal is a futuristic Granular VST that is a weird and wonderful effect that can transform your sounds into beautiful soundscapes with its 250+ presets, 7 built-in effects, and granular technology. Find out why producers across the globe are singing the praises of this monster effect!
What is Granular Synthesis?
Granular synthesis resamples audio you feed it by taking a few milliseconds of the audio and looping it. These snippets are referred to as grains and create different effects like glitches or time stretching. This method also preserves the key of the signal letting you turn synths into something completely new and unique. The possibilities are endless when sound designing with this monster in your FX chain!
( Product Information taken from Output.com)
Key Features of Output Portal
- 250+ presets for instant playability
- A circular XY Control linked to granular parameters
- Powerful time manipulation engine
- Tempo-synced grain delay
- Scale-based pitch modulation
- 7 built-in FX with an additional master compressor and filter
- Value readout panel for a better understanding of controls
- Favoriting feature in Presets menu
- Built-in Tool Tips on the Advanced page
- New for v1.2.0: Native Apple Silicon Compatibility for M1, M2 and beyond
System Requirements for Output Portal
- Mac: Mac OS X 10.14 → macOS 13 Ventura
- Apple Silicon M1 or better, Intel Core i5 or better
- PC: Windows 10, Windows 11
- Intel Core i5 and AMD equivalent or better
- 8GB RAM required, 16GB RAM recommended
- 64-bit DAW compatible with AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 plugin-types
- Internet connection for download and product activation
- Installation Space Required – Mac: 465MB, PC: 140MB
Compatible with popular DAWs on Mac or PC that accept 64-bit AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 plugin types, including:
- FL Studio
- Ableton Live
- Pro Tools
- Logic Pro
- Studio One
…And many more.
in our time with Portal, we found it fun and inspiring offering us a diverse range of sounds out of any signal we ran through it. This FX can be used for many functions in your projects adding a lot of spice and ear candy. It’s great for time stretching, pitching samples, making glitches, FX for transitions and much more. This tool is a must-have for EDM producers looking for unique sounds!
A powerhouse of a Granular FX plugin, a must need for creating unique soundscapes and glitches!
- 7 built in effects you can fully tweak to your liking along with grain settings that are also fully modifiable
- 250+ presets included straight out of the box
- Powerful pitch modulation which keeps the sample transients and quality in tact with it's grain technology
- Cool futuristic UI with a simple easy to follow layout
- Great accessibility with DAW support across the board
- Only two of the built in effects are able to be active at one time
- Limited in options for modulation with XY macros being the primary movement controls
Value For Money