Particularity is a real-time granular synthesis system, along with a sequencer for some of the parameters, combined with a generator of animated visuals. There can be as many as 8 synthesis processes at any one time, and one "picture" window. Using this program alone, a whole audio-visual piece can be created and performed.
- explore 3 types of granular synthesis, with grains made from the harmonics mixer, a drawn waveform or loaded sample.
- use generated or drawn amplitude or frequency envelopes.
- parameter sequencer lets you draw looping envelopes for many of the parameters: 6 per channel.
- live mixer offers controls for volume, panning and frequency for both individual channels and the entire setup.
- whole setups, including synthesis and sequencing, can be saved in slots and recalled under MIDI control.
- create visual animations based on the sequenced parameters, plotting them in 2D space with user-definable shapes, colours and sizes.
- most parameters can be controlled using "learned" MIDI CC messages.
- Released under the GPL and available for no cost.
In June 2010, Particularity was named joint winner of the LoMus open-source music software competition organised every two years by the Association Française d'Informatique Musicale.