Emit is a Max for Live device from the M4L Pack “Inspired by Nature by Dillon Bastan“. It allows you to manipulate and transform your samples in real-time, creating new and interesting variations. Emit uses granular synthesis to chop up and play back small fragments of your sample, and then provides a variety of controls to shape the sound.
Emit differs from the other particle devices in the sense that particles are only ’emitted’ from a source and move in a constant direction. A 2D spectrogram is created once a sample is dropped in, which the emitted particles move on top of. Whatever position of the spectrogram the particle is on top of is played back. Therefore, the speed, direction and filtering of the sample playback is determined by the direction and strength of the particles’ motion. Additionally the options to add friction or create walls allow you to change the behavior of the particles after they are emitted. It is a very visually-oriented approach to granular synthesis. Emit uses a phase vocoder for sample playback – this means that a particle can move across the sample at any speed without affecting pitch. For this reason, each voice can be quite CPU intensive in HQ mode