“In fact,” notes the developer, “it is such a complete implementation of granular synthesis , that we’ve renamed the technique to ‘particle synthesis’.”
Hadron is free and open source.
Hadron Particle Synthesizer
Hadron can be used as a synthesizer or an audio effect. It can seamlessly morph between different sound processing methods, so you can make the plugin gradually change from synthesizer to audio processing mode. This is all part of the state morphing system, accessible via a 2D joystick control.
You can also use live sampling as a sound source for manipulation with Hadron, as well as audio files and live audio input.
Here’s a demo of Hadron with live input:
Downloads for Windows & Mac, along with the source code, are available at the Partikkel site.
If you’ve used Hadron, let us know what you think of it!