If you know me, you know I’m all about open source software. Not only is it free, but it’s usually pretty well put together. Anything created by people for the pure passion of creation and advancement of technology gets me interested. That’s why I was excited when my colleague Chris Genetti (aka Draconum) introduced me to PaulStretch. Read on for an explanation of this awesome piece of software which – as a music producer or even casual audio nerd – you will definitely want to get. Also, below is a download link for the software and an example original track which I put together using a soundscape which had I developed with the program.
PaulStretch is an open source audio hyper-stretching software which is stretch nearly any format of music and produce a high quality (wav or ogg) sound file. The amount of stretching is virtually unlimited. However, if you want to produce a high quality wave file, the filesize will get nearly exponentially bigger, the longer you stretch your sample. There isn’t much of a learning curve to the software and you don’t need to install anything. Once you download the zip archive, simply extract it into a directory and launch the executable to run the program.