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Bad Tape
Bad Tape
how bad can it be?
video: Diego Delgado artist: Relatiiv remix: nrec

A raw, wonky tape harmer that causes crackling, detuning and buzzing until it stops and breaks

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We emulated extreme tape artifacts and man does it sound bad

Get Wonky

The plugin for “out of tune and off the grid” beats.
Twist your guitar licks
Master tape head
Make a drum wonky
Warmth & character to a synth
Tape-like movement to a drum
Tape fluctuations to vocals
Fuzz to a bass guitar
The detune button can be automated at certain points to slow down the riff, but sound natural at the same time like a real tape head.
S Ruston
DJ/Producer (Rinse FM / Wilde Renate Club)
This tape plugin is nuts!!
“I have wanted a tape machine for a long time but this will hold me off that mission for a while. For now I use mostly samples and this really enables me to f**k with them and create some really special warped out fx - I especially like to mess around with 'Wow', 'Hiss', 'Squeal' and 'Harm'. I've also used it on top of the Granulator II and I'm in love!"
S Ruston - DJ & Producer

Make it hurt

#tapeharm mixing techniques
Instant industrial
Trip hop feeling
Dramatic tape squeal
Add an instant industrial warm, fuzz feel with plenty saturation and harm.
Producer/DJ/Vocalist (Beatport, Soul Rush Records, UMG)
Dialing in warmth
“When I'm producing, I love what the colour dial on the Bad Tape can do for enhancing vocals. I also like dialing in other effects like a little bit of saturation to add warmth and depth.”
Tigerlight - Producer/DJ/Vocalist


The inspiration for the Bad Tape came from denise team member Enrico 'nrec' Tiberi: “I was using a lot of my old Akai 4000 DS MK2 reel to reel tape recorder pressing the tape to slow it down as an effect and that made me want a plugin that could control how to break the sound without having to use my fingers each time and without all the cables and fuss that analog hardware inevitably brings”.

All audio examples you find on this page were made by nrec. To create these examples, he remixed the song Places by Berlin-based, nu-soul and hip-hop influenced duo RELATIIV and recorded real drums with Kay Ketting. Find more artist information, the original Places track (Spotify) and nrec's remix (SoundCloud) linked above.

Extend your #tapeharm

Besides being standalone plugins, the Space Invader & Noize 2 work great with the Bad Tape
Space Invader: Authentic goth
Noize: Create new textures
Noize: Fat and edgy drums
Give your guitars an authentic goth feel by pairing the denise audio Space Invader with the Bad Tape. Additional fluctuations from the Bad Tape give this guitar a very trippy and spaced out vibe.


Smoothly mix in different extreme tape artifacts 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.


Introduce failing tape artifacts with subtle bitcrushing.

Squeal & Noize

Add old tape machine noises for character and vibe.

Color & Speed

Adjust the color and speed of the tape for a unique flavour.


Comes with presets for synth, drums, bass and classic tape style effects.


Saturate your tracks for that good old vintage tape sound. Warm and smooth character due to hysteresis emulation.

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Quickly dial in low frequencies to tracks in your mix.

Shape your sound


Combining a good old vintage tape sound with extreme artifacts.

Combining a good old vintage tape sound with extreme artifacts.


INPUT (-48dB to 48dB): Input gain that lets you boost or attenuate the signal going in, giving you more control over the signal. OUTPUT (-48dB to 48dB): Output gain that lets you boost or attenuate the signal going out, giving you more control over the signal. MIX (0% to 100%): Smoothly mixes in the different tape artefacts giving you control over the overall intensity of the effect. COLOR (-100% to 100%): Lets you apply a warm or bright character to the Bad Tape effect as a whole. SATURATION (0% to 100%): Lets you subtly drive the signal as if you were increasing the volume on a tape machine. SPEED (0% to 100%): Lets you control the speed of the wow, shake and squeal features. WOW (0% to 100%): Lets you slowly detune the signal in a pseudo-random manner. SHAKE (0% to 100%): Lets you quickly detune the signal in a pseudo-random manner. HISS (0% to 100%): Lets you add a tape hiss like white noise signal. SQUEAL (0% to 100%): Lets you add a high pitched tape reel squeal signal. HARM (0% to 100%): Applies subtle bit-crushing to the signal. DETUNE (ON / OFF) Slows down the signal in real time, as if you press the tape with your finger.

Release date: 24 SEP 2019/22:00
Latest version: 1.1.2
OS: 64-bit OSX 10.7 or newer Catalina included
Formats: VST, VST3, AU, AAX
Latest version: 1.0.1
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or newer
Formats: VST, VST3, AAX


Version: 1.1.2
Changed: • OSX Catalina support added • OSX Dark theme installer support
Version: 1.0.1
Changed: fixes validation issue Logic
Version: 1.0.0
Changed: Original release


Version: 1.0.1
Changed: fixes validation issue Logic
Version: 1.0.0
Changed: Original release
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