Sonic Bloom has announced the release of CatStretch 3, an update to the polyphonic time-stretching sample player by Max for Cats.

CatStretch is a 6-voice polyphonic time-stretching sample playback instrument. It lets you ‘freeze’ a sonic character at a specified position and play it back chromatically with MIDI notes.

CatStretch is specially tailored for extreme sonic manipulations in the spectral and time domain. You can adjust the position of a sample with the ‘Scrub’ dial. It uses a phase vocoder to achieve time stretching up to total time freeze. That includes reverse stretching.

Changes in CatStretch 3

  • New multi-breakpoint envelope can be used to modulate.
  • New Grain effect.
  • New Spectral Filter.
  • New interpolation methods in the system section for different stretch results.
  • Redesign to work with different Live themes.
  • Mono/Poly mode switch.
  • Reverse stretching.
  • Key/Fix switch to prevent MIDI pitch following.
  • Stretch now a modulation target.
  • Added Pitchbend.
  • Key retrigger behaviour fixed.
  • Better engine accuracy.

CatStretch 3 is available for purchase for 30 EUR/$35 USD. The extensive upgrade is available for a discounted price of 10 EUR/$12 USD for all users of previous versions.

Sonic Bloom has also released the SB Creaks & Squeaks Live Pack, comprising a Drum Rack and Instrument Rack made from various creaky and squeaky sound sources, both macro mapped.

The instrument is arpeggiated, breathy and ethereal sounding, quite flutelike. The Drum Rack contains a mix of Simplers and Impulses to create an interesting drum kit that can be used as a whole or with just a select few sounds to spruce up your beats. Made in and for Ableton Live 10 (Standard and Suite).

The Creaks & Squeaks pack is a free download.

More information: Sonic Bloom