Denise Make a Bad Tape Sound Good

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Denise has just added ‘Bad Tape’ to their expanding range of easy-to-use little plug-ins. They describe Bad Tape as an effect plugin that emulates the slowing down of a reel to reel tape recorder in real-time.

According to denise the inspiration for the Bad Tape plugin came from their team member, Enrico Tiberi, using a lot of old Akai 4000 DS MK2 reel to reel tape recorders. He used to press the tape to slow it down as an effect and that made him want a plugin that could control how to break the sound without having to use his fingers each time and without all the cables and fuss that analogue hardware inevitably brings

As the videos below will show you, if you want an “out of tune and off the grid” beat or a wonky drum groove just keep the detune button pressed and it will create a tape-stop. Or for slight slow-downs and speed-ups, you can use wow and shake to make it go in and out of tune and go off-grid periodically. This plugin looks like a lot of fun to use and while it might not be to everyone taste, it certainly will help push your creative boundaries without spending big $$ on an analogue reel to reel tape recorder.

The denise Bad Tape features:

  • Mix: Smoothly mix in different extreme tape artefacts with great precision.
  • Detune (Tape stop): Slow down the tape in real-time, as if you would press your finger on the tape reel.
  • Wobble & Shake: Randomly detune the pitch of your track like your tape machine has an inconsistent playback speed.
  • Harm: Introduce failing tape artefacts with subtle bitcrushing.
  • Squeal & Noize: Add old tape machine noises for character and vibe.
  • Color & Speed: Adjust the colour and speed of the tape for a unique flavour.
  • Saturate your tracks for that good old vintage tape sound. Warm and smooth character due to hysteresis emulation.
  • Comes with presets for synth, drums, bass and classic tape-style effects.
  • Low CPU usage & works offline without dongles or complex licence managers.

The Bad Tape (VST/AU/AXX/VST3) is available now. Find it along with many video tips & tricks on denise.io webstore.

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