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Bad Tape

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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.
Simply introduce tape warmth and fluctuations into a whole mix to give it a retro feel.
Static drum loops can have more movement and become wonky with a mixture of the wow, shake and some saturation for additional warmth.
Digital synth lines can become warm and analog by introducing some of the Bad Tape imperfection controls.
The wow and shake features on the Bad Tape can provide gentle and natural fluctuations to a full drum bus when used sparingly.
Trigger the detune button off and on with automation to create interesting vocal fluctuations.
Add fuzz to a bass guitar by using the harm with additional shake and wow from the tape head.
DJ/Producer (Rinse FM / Wilde Renate Club)
S Ruston
"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!"

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.
Use the tape harm as a bitcrusher to aggressively create a new sound out of your loop.
Give a trip hop feeling to your drums, making them fatter and noisy by using a lot of hiss and saturation.
Add a dramatic retro tape squeal to your soundscape and atmospheres using the squeal feature.


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.”

Extend your #tapeharm

Combine with other effects.
Noize: Fat and edgy drums
Space Invader: Authentic goth
Noize: Create new textures
Make a drum bus fat and edgy by combining some pink noise from the Noize 2 with a lot of harm, shake, wow and some saturation for extra warmth from the Bad Tape.
Create completely new textures in pads by combining the Noize 2 and the Bad Tape. A bit of saturation, wow and shake is all it takes.

Reviews & features

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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