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Great things
are timeless

REWIND BACK IN TIME WITH CASSETTE

Cassette is an audio plugin that imparts the unique character and sonic imprint of an often maligned recording medium. A one that offers a sound like nothing else and that I’m in love with. This is not a tape machine, this is a time machine.

CASSETTE

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IT’S IN OUR DNA

An entire generation heard the music that shaped their lives on cassette tape.
I grew up listening to them at home, on the car or on a walkman.
They are not perfect, in fact, they are far from perfect.
That’s what I love about them.

A LOVE LETTER TO SIMPLE THINGS

This is my tribute to the sound that shaped my childhood.
I discovered the passion for music between quirks and random fluctuations.
Watching the meters move as I sung into an old microphone.
Red peaks and analog saturation. Rewind, listen again.

Cassette audio plugin

No pencil needed

Cassette is an audio plugin that emulates the sound of vintage cassette tapes and decks. It has been carefully modelled after exhaustive analysis of a high number of sound signals recorded into real tapes. As a result, we get the same sound and behaviour of the original units.

Magnetic tape is not a sterile media. Because of that, it will impart its own sound signature to signals recorded into it. These include a different frequency response, frequency dependent saturation, high-frequency compression, hiss, asperity noise and much more.
Reproduction systems will also induce their fingerprint: wow, flutter, random high-frequency loss, crosstalk between channels, stereo unbalances and other.

All of these little quirks and random fluctuations have been modelled meticulously. Cassette imprints instant nostalgia, movement and analog feel all around in its path.

Cassette has been designed to be fun, pleasant to the ear and true to the medium.

Randomness under control

There’s much more power under the hood than what you see at a first glance.
We can find 4 sections:

  • Tape: I always wanted to have a modular tape plugin in which I could enable or disable each step of the processing.
  • Stability: Control how the Stability parameter in the front panel works internally. Includes “randomness” in order to make things unpredictable and analog.
  • Extra: More of what makes a cassette sound like a cassette. Including the innovative “Re-Cassette” parameter.
  • Artifacts: Control how the Artifacts parameter in the front panel works internally. Includes “Random Snap” for simulating the tape being caught momentarily causing pitch instability.

As you can see in this panel, Cassette uses oversampling in order to get rid of aliasing. The plugin always works at 192KHz sampling rate internally.

Cassette audio plugin settings

Cycling through presets

Listen how the included presets sound in a real mix. This track is called ‘Last Sunrise of Neon Summer”, composed by David Hurst. We just inserted the plugin in the master bus and cycle through the presets. You can also listen to the original track with no effects in the first 5 seconds.

Some of these presets are not meant to be used in a whole mix, as they are specific to an individual track or instrument. Here we show to you some sonic possibilities from extreme to extreme.

MORE AUDIO DEMOS



Cassette audio plugin. Tape types.

What’s your type?

We modelled the four cassettes types available. Each one delivers different sonic characteristics.

  • I: was the standard and most compatible tape format. Featured a ferric-oxide coating (Fe2O3). First appeared in the 1960s.
  • II: with a chromium dioxide (CrO2) formulation was introduced at the dawn of the 1970s featuring an undeniable increase in high frequency response.
  • III: living a short period between the mid 70s and early 80s, the ferro-chrome (FeCr) never made it into the golden era.
  • IV: metal-formulated hit the scene at the end of the 70s. Features firmer bass as well as louder high frequencies.

Changing tapes will have an effect in the frequency response of the plugin but also in the saturation, compression, static noise (hiss) and dynamic noise (asperity noise).

What the pros say

Does the world need another saturation / enhancer plug-in? The answer is definitely yes!
It can breath life and character into just about any sound, bus or full mix.
Spectre is the most interesting plug-in I’ve tried in a while.

Jonas Westling – Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga

AntonioEscobar

Spectre is my secret weapon for sculpting sound. It works like magic making dull recordings sound alive and bringing character where there was none.
I use it like an EQ on steroids, I’m seriously in love with Spectre.

Antonio Escobar – John Legend

jackrouston

The algorithm sounds fantastic, and it works in a way that makes it both subtle and intuitive.I love the way you can shape a sound without necessarily using EQ or compression.
Unique tool, unique results.

Jack Ruston – Birdy, Judas Priest, James Morrison

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PRESS KIT

Download the press kit containing the
press release and high resolution images of the GUI. It also contains Wavesfactory logos.

Changelog

# Version 1.0.1 – 14 / 11 / 2019
Fixed: Pro, Home and Micro buttons are now automatable.
Improved: settings sliders snap to the mouse cursor when clicked.
Added: artist presets from Torley.

# Version 1.0.0 – 04 / 11 / 2019
– Initial release.

COPY PROTECTION

No iLok or challenge response needed for registering Cassette.
At the time of the purchase you’ll receive an e-mail containing you username and serial number.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Mac OSX (64-bit only):

  • 10.7 or higher.
  • DAW capable of hosting VST, VST3 or AU, or Pro Tools.
  • Intel processor.

Windows (64-bit only):

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • DAW capable of hosting VST or VST3 plugins, or Pro Tools.