SketchCassette recreates the glorious sound of 4-track cassette recorders

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The sound of magnetic tape isn’t just about the warmth, saturation and subtlety of professional reel-to-reel machines. Rather, there’s also the lo-fi and nostalgic side of it, where defects of the medium become effects. This is the concept of SketchCassette, a charming lo-fi plug-in that emulates a 4-track cassette recorder. The sloppily sketched user interface […]

Free VST instruments and samples collection available from Audio Animals

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British company Audio Animals has stepped in with an impressive collection of freebies that’s certainly worth checking out! Available in VST, WAV, and Kontakt sampler formats, the instruments seem well-crafted and musically varied. Among them, you will find stuff such as: – A bongo instrument covering 8 hand styles across 384 hits – Three emulations […]

Superbooth 2019: Instruo Lubadh Dual Looper Eurorack module

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We caught a glimpse of this module during a video of an Instruo workshop a few weeks ago. The Lubadh Dual Looper is a sublime Eurorack module for sampling, layering and overdubbing. Breathtaking to look at, complex and fascinating to play with. Lubadh There’s something wondrous about Instruo modules. Just check out this reaction to […]

CV Tape Player – a CV speed controlled cassette player in your Eurorack

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Xavier Gazon has announced that his DIY cassette player project has finished its first run of 15 modules. It lets you play tapes in your Eurorack while controlling the speed with CV. What does that sound like? Pretty awesome in a drunken, spooky, warbling kind of way. CV Tape Player You’ve kind of got to […]

Initial Audio Analog Pro is a new tape and vinyl simulator plug-in

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Initial Audio has released the Analog Pro plug-in, which simulates the sound of tape machines and vinyl records. If you’re looking for that vintage lo-fi sound, here’s another option for you. Initial Audio says that Analog Pro can “warm up and saturate your audio”, thereby bringing digital tracks to life. Now, it’s far from being […]

Instruó to show “Lubadh” 2-channel Eurorack looper at Superbooth

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Ahead of Superbooth Instruó has revealed that they have a very interesting 2-channel looper to show. The Lubadh appeared during an Instruó workshop at SchneidersLaden in Berlin which has been put on YouTube. Let’s see what information we can gather. Lubadh As with all Instruo modules it looks totally remarkable. It has two spinning lights that […]

Broken Tape: a simulation of unexpected tape breakage

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Error Instruments continues to boggle our minds and fill the world with exciting boxes of noise. Their latest box is called Broken Tape and is a “broken tape simulation because sometimes we miss the sound of the unexpected errors.” Broken Tape This is not a little bit of warp, saturation or flutter this is something […]

Echo Fix EF-X2: A real tape echo for the modern world?

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The Australian company Echo Fix has specialised in the repair and maintenance of tape recorders for more than 10 years. Now it’s producing its own tape echo unit, the Echo Fix EF-X2. Echo Fix says it’s been developing, testing and reworking the design of the EF-X2 for three years now. Since it is difficult in this digital […]