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Name | Version: Tapeloop 1.3
Author: matissev
Device Type: Audio Effect
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.


Live Version Used: 11.0.12
Max Version Used: 8.5.4
Date Added: Jul 06 2023 08:07:27
Date Last Updated: Sep 30 2023 23:04:10
Downloads: 0
License: Commercial
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I absolutely love this device. It's so musical and inspires me to work in ways I don't typically.

I do have one question. I setup an Audio Effects Rack for TapeLoop 1.2 and mapped out parameters. Everything seemed to map well except the Play button. I was curious if there was a way to map Play to the Macro controllers so that start and stop can be controlled? If not, is that a possible update?

Hi there !

Thank you very much for this review, that means a lot to me.

I will investigate this issue and come back to you when I have an answer. I will probably make an update for this.


Hi loopers,

This (and also the Tapehead device) are so well researched to get as much of an analogue tape experience as a performer could expect. And the documentation and communication from Matisse is so so good.

I had been dragging a lot of analogue gear around with me to perform and part of that was multiple varispeed decks. This can now sit behind custom midi controllers in Live!!!

One feature that I'd like if it's possible in the future is to be able to have the Speed pot work from 0 to 1x speed so I can get some really nice gradual speed changes. (Mostly I will not need the feature to get the sample playing in reverse though that's a brilliant option to have!)

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