by GSi
3.6 / 5     (17 votes)
Win32 OSX
WatKat is a digital clone of a Wem Watkins Custom Copicat tape echo unit.

It sounds very lo-fi, noisy, irregular. When you turn it off and leave the tape loaded, the tape bends in proximity of the capstan, and this turns into a periodic pitch fall during echo playback; plus, it gets hot and the background hum gets worse in time... you should turn it off every now and then; the tape is never completely erased, and the capstan motor flutters... and it gets worse if you touch it while it's spinning; heads tend to get dirty very soon, in fact you should clean them often. This is true for the actual hardware unit, and for the digital simulation as well!
  • Swell: adjusts the volume of the repeats.
  • Sustain: adjusts the number of repeats; be careful with this knob!
  • Gain 1: volume of input 1 (left channel).
  • Gain 2: volume of input 2 (right channel).
  • Head 1, Head 2, Head 3: use these switches to select the playback head(s); each head gives a different delay time.
  • Very light on CPU and memory.
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John Dec 03 2020
(5 / 5)
Dec 03 2020
PTV May 26 2020
(5 / 5)
May 26 2020
I love the grainy/noisy sound of it,it's an important part of the sound of the original hardware, and it gives the plugin a character. I just wish it will get updated to 64-bit one day.
KGM Feb 02 2020
(2 / 5)
Feb 02 2020
This guys stuff does not seem to work with the newer Mac OS...
Anonymous Feb 02 2020
(0 / 5)
Feb 02 2020
Noise Sept 22 2019
(0 / 5)
Sept 22 2019
Terrible noise almost like a trial version.
Jones Jul 06 2019
(2 / 5)
Jul 06 2019
I love the way it sounds but pleeeease add noise level knob to it so the whistling noise can be turned turned down. We use DAWs so even analog devices need to be used in a different ways now. Otherwise fantastic delay emulation.
Amazing but Mar 20 2017
(3 / 5)
Mar 20 2017
True old tape delay with noises etc, I love it but.... Only wish there was an option to turn off the whistling noise. Whistling makes it unusable.
QUEST Jul 10 2016
(4 / 5)
Jul 10 2016
It sounds great! But it introduces on wanted noise to the track... I had to use a other free great plugin as an alternative to emulate effect 1 on this plugin... I like it because it's quick, but the noise! (not loud but it's there believe me) http://vst4free.com/free_vst.php?plugin=Bionic_Supa_Delay&id=1889
george Apr 06 2016
Apr 06 2016
Creates a great vintage sound.
charlie Aug 11 2015
(5 / 5)
Aug 11 2015
It might be hard to read the buttons, but once you understand how it work... BOOM, just BOOOOM! Both filthy as you might dream or warm as you like. Grab it and don't look back!
Aidan Jul 23 2015
Jul 23 2015
Can't get it to show up in any of my Daw's...
Aidan Jul 21 2015
Jul 21 2015
Can't get it to show up in any of my Daw's...
Luis Tamayo Zegers Sept 16 2014
(3 / 5)
Sept 16 2014
Except for the 3 buttons, for me it's impossible to read the small knobs. When I tried it I couldn't imagine a live play using this VST. The physics of the effect are shown clearly in a vintage style.
Geisha Jul 06 2014
(3 / 5)
Jul 06 2014
This is perfect if you want dirty feedback sounds like the sound at the beginning of "Nag Nag Nag" by Cabaret Voltaire. Although I like those sort of sounds I found this plugin a bit too limited.
cyber_T Apr 23 2014
(5 / 5)
Apr 23 2014
I own an old "Tube- Copy- Cat" from 1967 so I'm able to compare and I must say this is a great plugin with an amazing sound: authentic tube echo "mojo"! Thanx for this generous free/ donate development.
RhythmLion Oct 10 2013
(5 / 5)
Oct 10 2013
Nice Plug, very dirty and lo-fi.