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Name/Version: Tapehead 1.0
Author: matissev  
Description: I wished I could carry my tape recorder everywhere, so I made Max for Live devices for this.

Tapes is a set of simple audio processing tools for Ableton Live that simulate the unique sound and characteristics of tape recording machines playback. This bundle includes two devices, each with its own unique features and benefits.

Tapehead works in-line and is designed to recreate the dub effect of parallel mixing with a tape machine. It features a moving tapehead that simulates the process of recording to and playing back from tape, allowing you to easily incorporate a tape feeling into your mix.

Tapeloop is based on a looping sample and is designed to recreate the Varispeed effect, which was a common technique used by tape recording engineers to manipulate the pitch and speed of recordings. The device allows you to easily adjust the speed and pitch of your audio.

They both simulate the nonlinearities of tape machines, creating a rich, tape-like sound that adds character and depth to any audio source. The two devices also features a built-in FIR filter, which uses impulse responses recorded from actual tape machines to add an authentic analog-like feel to your recordings.

Device Details

Tags effect, other
Live Version Used: 11.0.12
Max Version Used: 8.5.4
Date Added: Jul 06 2023 08:09:28
Date Last Updated: Not updated yet
Device Type: audio_device
Download URL (report link)
License (more info): Commercial



You've accomplished something phenomenally elegant from start-to-finish here. I'm exploring Tapehead ? the UI design is tactile and elastic, the hover tips are well-explained, and it actually sounds AWESOME TAPEY GOODNESS. So fun to drag the slider and wiggle it back and forth, can get some turntable scratch-esque effects with that. You even thoughtfully included ways to color it further, so it's tidily self-contained. Having fun with some piano sounds to make all lo-fi.

I've used many tape effects, but they often don't have enough character, or the modeling is off, but it's clear you've really studied what's going on under-the-hood to make this. Plus including stuff not commonly found together.

Wish I could write you a review on Gumroad too; feel free to quote me.


Wow, thank you very much ! That's quite a review.
I am very glad you like it. Have fun :)


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