It’s been a while since the last news letter, but we haven’t been sitting still.
The GR-1 has received a bug fix update that should weed out the last possibility of crashes, and that fixes several use cases. We’ve dedicated ourselves to fixing as many bugs as possible in 2.4, before we add new features in 2.5. 2.4.0 was probably already the most stable version to date, and 2.4.1 improves on that.
To go along with firmware 2.4, we’ve updated the manual to v2.4.2, and added improved illustrations, updated lists of supported hardware peripherals and corrected many parts of the text.
Check out the new manual and firmware in the GR-1 downloads section.
GR-1 Decksavers are now on sale at various dealers all over the world. We don’t sell them ourselves. The first users have already purchased them. Some more photos, courtesy of Decksaver…
Next time, in all likelihood, we’ll have some news about our ECR convolver. Until then!
Decksaver will offer custom made hardcovers for the GR-1 starting December. Recommended retail price is about 45 EUR, Decksaver tell us. See the photos below.
The GR-1 has just been updated with firmware 2.4. This offers the excellent stability of the previous 2.3.4 and various improvements to controls, MIDI out (via USB) so you can record knob wiggling as automations in your DAW, and the ability to use the ADSR sliders as part volumes in multitimbral. Download firmware 2.4 to your USB stick, or plug in the LAN cable to your router. Release notes for firmware 2.4 , 2.4 manual
All ECR-1’s came with firmware 1.1 since late May. This firmware boosts output level and slightly lowers the noise floor. Moreover, this is a meticulously tested firmware that eliminates instability. Users that still have 1.0 can swap their old DIMM (the module on the back of the unit) with a new one from us. The condition is that you send us back your old 1.0 DIMM. Thing is, we accidentally sent out a bunch of units with firmware 1.0 even in August. You can check your firmware by holding down Shift for 5 seconds. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next firmware update will be a big one, and available from our webshop next year.
As of today both the ECR-1, our convolver module, and our GR-1 granular synth are back in stock. If you order from our webshop we can ship the same day (weekends excepted). On top of that we also offer express shipping.
More about shipping: it seems that COVID-19 is still somewhat affecting transit times, but it’s very sporadic now. And mostly it seems that overseas shipping (outside of Europe) is 1 to 3 weeks. Express overseas shipping seems 2-3 days.
The GR-1 has seen a bunch of small but important firmware updates. We’re now at v2.3.3 and this seems like the most stable version to date. If you are a GR-1 user you are highly encouraged to upgrade. See the chapter “Firmware updates” in the manual for more information.
A lot has happened since the last post. Here we’ll summarize, and we’ve also saved up a juicy firmware update for the GR-1. Read on.
The Corona crisis has influenced some shipping times and shipping costs. Overseas transit times (Europe to Americas, or to East Asia) are about 6 weeks because almost everything is moving as sea freight now instead of via passenger flights. Shipping inside Europe seems to have remained nearly the same. The postal service has also started charging extra for overseas shipping. However, we will not charge you extra for the standard postal service.
Furthermore, we’re producing at full speed again. We hope to eliminate the waiting line for the GR-1 early in the summer. Later on in summer the ECR-1 will follow and will ship directly in the week your order is placed.
We’ve added sound demos for the ECR-1, see below. These show what the ECR-1 can do in a conventional sense, but also in more creative ways. The ECR-1 downloads page was added too. On this page you’ll find resources for reverb responses.
GR-1 Firmware 2.3 adds many features to improve workflow. Editing presets, and making your own performances is now much quicker. Browsing through sample libraries and menus is now also much more zappy. It adds better hands-on controls to fine tune parameters directly, and also to change the matrix without menu diving. Last but not least grains can now be up to 5s, which is why we threw in some free grain stealing! Check the full release notes here. See the new 2.3.1 manual, as always, in the GR-1 downloads section. At the bottom you’ll also find a bunch of new GR-1 patches, kindly donated by a new user.
As usual, the GR-1 update procedure works with downloading the firmware file to USB stick or by hooking your GR-1 onto your router with a LAN cable.
Much has happened in the recent weeks. Almost too much to summarize in such a news post. Here it goes..
Corona & scams
First, the bad news. The ongoing Corona pandemic has now had its effects on almost everyone and everything. We went through significant delays with respect to purchasing parts, but they seem over (!). Yes! For now.. For our own work force, here in The Netherlands, we’ve decided to send everybody home who’s even feeling mild symptoms, and to work extra hygienically. All design and administrative work is to be done from home, preferably. We expect to keep shipping at a moderate rate for the coming month at least. We’re reducing the estimated lead time on GR-1 units from 4 weeks to a conservative 2 weeks.
Scammers had advertized the GR-1 for a whopping 28 USD, lol. Thanks to our efforts, and that of our users, these guys have now given up. Once again, you can only buy the GR-1 from us, PCA, KMR and Schneiders. No one else!
GR-1 Granular synthesizer
The GR-1 Granular synthesizer. In stock – directly available!
The ECR-1 Convolver module is in production now. Our beta testers have reported back. We’ve fixed the problems they encountered and made the controls even more responsive than they were, adjusted audio input levels and added a few more “Shift” functions like previewing the processed sample including envelope and pitch bend, and fast forwarding when turning the encoder. Expect to see it in the webshop early April, priced 499 EUR including VAT.
GR-1 Firmware 2.2, new video, and sound packs
The GR-1 has just received a major update last week. Firmware 2.2 adds new tape mode that allows you to do vinyl scratching. It has new modes of cloud generation (more “punch” when triggering notes), and it has proper multi-timbral MIDI support, and much much more.
It’s the biggest update in over a year, and this version has been tested to destruction and back for the best possible user experience. Check the release notes, it’s quite the list: RELEASE_FW_2.2.0.txt. We’ve also done a bit of work on the GR-1 manual and added mini tutorials on how to easily modify and save performances and patches: User-manual-GR-1-v2.2.0.pdf.
We believe this firmware turns the GR-1 into more than the machine we always wanted it to be. We thank everyone for their patience and suggestions, and of course the beta testers!
The new famous Youtube synth reviewer Loopop has also done a new video on the GR-1 as well. This shows some of the 2.2 features too.
Loopop gives a solid hands-on overview of the GR-1 basics, but for GR-1 users that want to know know how to get the most of our machine’s functions, check out the latest sound packs here (firmware v2.2 required):
SpringPack2020.zip : Spring 2020 sound pack, from our in-house sound designer, including creative sample work, granular glide, and slightly detuned LFO modulations
OneCell-2.zip : Sound pack from user Sef Spee, including creative use of scan mode and LFO quantization
In the last months there have been a couple more sound pack uploads too. You can always have a upload to and download from our patch sharing page: gr-1-downloads/ , near the end of the page.
Just a short update here, next week we’ll update you on the real news.
Since last week we’ve had numerous reports of scammers offering the GR-1 for impossibly low prices. Some people have actually fallen for it!
The only places you can buy a new GR-1 are: Us, from our webshop tastychips.nl, KMR Audio in the UK, Perfect Circuit Audio in the USA, Scheidersladen in Germany.
And it most definitely won’t sell for 100$ !
We ask, if you when you find such a scam site advertised on facebook or instagram, to please report it immediately. We’ve already done so ourselves, and reported the scam sites to the DMCA for copyright infringement.
2020 is now well underway, and Tasty Chips is continuing its journey into sample based synthesis.
Let’s start with the bad news: The GR-1 production has been delayed by several component shortages, and hence production time is now expected to be 4 weeks. This is not all terrible: the attention diverted away from production can serve to improve the firmware. Read on!
GR-1 firmware version 2.2 is now being beta tested by both in-house testers and by a few loyal customers too. This will bring many new features and make it an even more usable instrument. We cannot reveal details at this moment, but stay tuned for a detailed instruction video coming next month!
More beta testing: The ECR-1, our Eurorack convolver, is now on its way to our beta testers. It is functionally complete, and performs terrifically. Even if it’s a very high power DSP system, the power usage and thermal performance are exemplary. Series production has already commenced, albeit it somewhat cautiously. Expect to see it in our webshop at the end of March. Feast your eyes on the first excerpt of the manual below. For a detailed specification sheet, please see the product page. https://www.tastychips.nl/ecr-1-eurorack-convolver/
That’s it for now. Don’t stop making music and see you in the next post. Cheers! 🙂
Just a quick newsletter, since we’ve been silent the last months.
As you may know, the GR-1 has been on direct order since October. We initially shipped them within the week, but due to high demand the production time has now increased to two weeks. We’ll also be taking some days off between Christmas and New year. Early next year we hope to return to near-direct shipping.
ECR-1 final prototype
We’ve sorted the noise problems, added a final feature, and made a new, prettier, front plate design. We’re also optimizing the engine to have as long reverbs as possible, and perfecting the timing to overcome all possible glitches. We hope to have the first test models out with the beta testers in January. Series production should commence in February.
It’s been a long time since we’ve written our last newsletter. We’ve not been sitting still. Hold on, this is going to be a long one!
GR-1 Dust covers
First of, a lot of GR-1 users have been asking us for custom dust covers. Initially there were no options, since for instance Decksaver supplies covers for the most popular devices, but not for the more niche and experimental devices like the GR-1. Recently, a GR-1 user showed us these covers. Nice find: https://lecover.com/proddetail.php?prod=11060.00
The dust cover and the GR-1.
GR-1 Production schedule update
Unfortunately, this summer was a bumpy one. We’ve had setbacks with a couple of our suppliers. Right now dozens of units are already finished and ready to go, but their knobs are still missing. They should finally arrive the coming week, after which we’ll send out finalization mails in bulk! All-in-all the preorder wait has grown from 2 to 3 months because of this. Keep an eye on tastychips.nl/gr1schedule for the exact time table.
ECR-1 [Eurorack convolver] Development
Our new Eurorack module is true-stereo convolution reverb, allowing you to use recorded real-life reverbs of many places like tunnels, caves, churches, basements, and resonators like bells, glasses, etc. While this is a first only in Eurorack format, it offers features to manipulate the reverbs smoothly and in real-time, which is actually a world first. It can also record responses on the spot and save them to usb stick. But we’ll not dive any further into the details here. We’ll reveal them at Dutch Modular Fest later on this month. https://www.dutchmodularfest.com/
Of course the model we’ll show there won’t be production ready, but it’ll be functionally complete, at least. The last stages of development have now begun: we’re ironing out the bugs and trying to boost the performance (signal-to-noise ratio, power usage and temperature, max length of reverbs, etc)
For those of you that missed it, already a couple of months ago, firmware 2.1 was released. This brought a vastly more usable multitimbral mode. Numerous small additions and bugfixes were also added. After we’ve demonstrated the ECR-1, we’ll get back to the GR-1 firmware updates, starting with the most demanded bugfixes.
That’s about it for this newsletter. We’ll probably write the next one in two months or so. See you!
We’ve not been sitting still. For our GR-1 customers we decided to make video’s: a tutorial and a new teaser for 2019. The tutorial covers some of the more in-depth features that weren’t covered before, including the new multi-timbral mode. Enjoy, and watch and learn 😉
We also produced a brand spanking new set of patches for the GR-1, 32 to be specific. We designed these patches to show how versatile the machine really is. Anything from field recordings to samples of classic bass synthesizers are usable for many musical applications. There are very lush sounding ambient tracks and pads in there, and just as many glitchy and noisy drumtracks. You can check some excerpts from this pack on Soundcloud:
The new sound pack is completely free and ready to go from our GR-1 downloads page: GR-1 downloads.
In terms of actual product development we’ve not been sitting still. We’re still updating the GR-1 firmware every month or two. And our new Eurorack Convolution Reverb module, the ECR-1, has now reached the stage where it is actually usable by a non-developer. It has a small full-color display mounted and has all the buttons, pots and audio/CV in and outs it needs.
The current prototype of our Eurorack Convolution Reverb module, the ECR-1.