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 Cataract by Glitchmachines is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Product Cataract
Developer Glitchmachines
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Sample ManglerSample Manipulator
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
- Released
System Requirements
Windows Vista or higher
- Released
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (PPC not supported)
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Max. 6 items
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Cataract is a Segment Multiplexer plugin geared toward electronic music production and experimental sound design. Cataract features an arsenal of sample scanners with integrated modulation sequencers and morphing functions. This makes it possible to construct architecturally complex patterns ranging from nuanced percussive articulations to intricate particle sound effects and all out generative hyper glitch chaos.

Infinitely transform your audio files with Cataract's extensive randomization and modulation options. Warp pitched samples into parallax melodies or redistribute loop segments into generative polyrhythms.

Cataract features a dynamic, color-coded user interface that simplifies navigation and streamlines functionality. One of the plugin's highlights is the ability to step-sequence nearly every parameter, making it possible to coordinate extremely expressive and detailed patterns. Synchronize tightly with your hosts's clock, use your MIDI keyboard to improvise complex pattern variations in real time, or sequence precise parameter changes from within your favorite DAW. You can even utilize Cataract's GEN functions to set up completely generative evolving phrases.

Cataract includes two scanners, each of which are equipped with two sample slots. Each scanner includes two LFOs, a multimode filter, a multimode delay effect, a scan sequencer with windowing and dedicated LFO, a 3-Band graphic EQ, four dedicated randomizers, five MIDI triggered save states and a dedicated modulation matrix. Globally, Cataract features a crossfade-style morph section with its own dedicated X-MOD LFO, as well as three percentage-based randomizers that facilitate consistently compelling results with relative ease.

To get you started, Cataract comes with a collection of presets and over 130 new loops by sound designers Ivo Ivanov, Nicholas Yochum and Daed. In the interest of maximizing Cataract's broad potential, we've also included a sample pack consisting of 200 brand new Foley and synth sound effects exclusively designed for this plugin by Ivo Ivanov.


  • 2 monophonic scanner modules with dual sample slots.
  • Integrated modulation and scan sequencers.
  • 2 LFOs per scanner with dedicated modulation matrix.
  • 1 Multi-mode filter per scanner.
  • 1 Delay effect per scanner.
  • 3-Band graphic EQ per scanner.
  • Extensive global and per-scanner randomization tools.
  • Morphing section with dedicated X-MOD LFO.
  • Dynamic color-coded user interface.
  • Sample pack with over 130 new loops and 200 new sound effects.
  • Presets from Ivo Ivanov, Nicholas Yochum and Daed.
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