Tape Cassette
by Caelum Audio
3.8 / 5     (13 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX
Tape Cassette is an analog tape simulator.

It is an easy to use audio plugin that gives your music warmth, noise and character. Whether it's an effect on the master for an overall lofi / indie texture, or as an insert to warm up individual channels, Tape Cassette gives you the tools to turn your music into a cosy, nostalgic listening experience.

Take the plugin into experimental territory by using the wow & flutter parameters and spin your sounds into a frenzy, or use the saturation parameter to heat up the sounds into a distorted cacophony.
  • Saturation (+/-24dB).
  • Low Pass Filter (8-22kHz).
  • Noise -80 to 0 dB.
  • Wow 0 - 100%.
  • Flutter 0 - 100%.
John Burns Aug 02 2023
(3 / 5)
Aug 02 2023
I kinda like it but it's quite a gimmicky sound and the CPU usage is a bit too high for my liking. I can imagine it being a very useful plugin for grungey, lo-fi tones though.
sean Jun 13 2023
Jun 13 2023
It's a vst3 file. Not able to open in Audacity.
offthesky Mar 29 2022
(4 / 5)
Mar 29 2022
Nice and lo fi sounding. A good combo in a serial chain with some of the other tape emulation plugins here.Only reason I give 4 stars is due to the digital clicking that you get when turning the wow or flutter knobs. That just kills the analog vibe.
Владимир Николаевич Jan 17 2022
(4 / 5)
Jan 17 2022
For such purposes, I have an old cassette recorder. And, it will not be difficult to pass a signal through it. And what is published here is complete "nonsense"!
ImissVL1 Jul 02 2021
(3 / 5)
Jul 02 2021
I tested this but found the tone neither very musical or pleasing. It is absolutely terrible for certain sounds like saxophones, completely wrecks them. It can work if used very subtly, but values for the wow and flutter need to be almost at zero, because signal coloration starts to become overstated immediately past 10%. It is not very polished to have such steep curve for wet and dry knob or strong effect. The cutoff filter works exactly because it's so subtle: it doesn't go all the way down so it can't be used as a traditional lowpass filter but as result you can always hear it's character, it can be shaped very accurately and it never overtakes. I could see it being used to emulate the filter or signal path of a lo-fi sampler. Latter is all I would use this for, because I would not take the tape emulation over better, more robust and musical tape emulations like Chow.
SoulBoy Jan 20 2021
(3 / 5)
Jan 20 2021
The plugin's great for making bass audible over smaller speakers...but it is heavy on the CPU •_•
heavmetalmixer Aug 30 2020
(4 / 5)
Aug 30 2020
It's been months since Tap Cassette 2 was released with a lot of changes and improvements. Still, the plugin suffered from the same problem that TC1 had: A lack of Output Gain knob. But that changed yesterday when Caelum Audio released version 1.1 of TC2. Now I can recommend this plugin. https://www.caelumaudio.com/CaelumAudio/?Page=TapeCassette2
Gwugluud May 21 2020
(5 / 5)
May 21 2020
Very good tape sim. It sounds like hi-end reel tape at 7.5 ips to me, and it's up there with the reel sims Waves and others make. It doesn't sound like cassette. One reel sim I own, by Audio-something called "Reels" is much trashier than this.
Anonymous Apr 09 2020
Apr 09 2020
Man, sick of all the tape, vinyl etc. simulators. Just buy an old quality deck and record your stuff on tape, then output it back in your DAW. Yeah, you lazy producers, wondering why not even you take your music seriously... Cause you AIN'T SWEATING it!...
DW Jun 13 2020
Jun 13 2020
People go for the least resistance, let’s better we download free than not buy paid
Sic Jul 06 2020
Jul 06 2020
Yea right... all that lazy producers not recording their reverbs in a church and delays in the Swiss alps.
aNON rapist Jul 27 2020
Jul 27 2020
Anon is one dumb mf. By his logic, then any DAW should not be used, as the different tools the DAW brings, can be done by different means. Like Sic Said with the producers recording reverbs in church. Again: Anon is one dumb mf.
cyber_T Feb 02 2021
Feb 02 2021
User "Sic" pointed it out in a funny but true way. And my personal opinion is: You can use analogue equipment if you really own some cool stuff, but you don´t have to! By using your ears, you can achieve vintage sounding music in the digitally domain.
Bernard Mar 15 2020
Mar 15 2020
Vst won't load into Studio One. I do this for a living, i tried everything. No dll file! Please fix 64 bit version!
TA-AT Mar 25 2020
Mar 25 2020
it is vst3 which means you have to put the file in a specific place, I believe in steinberg folder under program files
ksavHOMErecs Mar 08 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 08 2020
Use saturation setting on vocal tracks... does magic <3 <3 <3 and enough posting negative comments...make your own plugs if you don't like what's posted here! this plug gets my 5* (well deserved) <3
Ike Mar 06 2020
(2 / 5)
Mar 06 2020
No output gain and rather generic sound (not really an emulation of tape characteristics).
TA-AT Mar 02 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 02 2020
I thoroughly enjoy this even though its VST3, it just means to put it in a specific folder. Has a great effect for adding a tape hiss background. Thank you!
frankie Mar 01 2020
(1 / 5)
Mar 01 2020
It crashed my daw. I had to delete it
ALEX Mar 01 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 01 2020
Good analog plugin
VST2 Mar 01 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 01 2020
VST3 only. Not the devs fault, so thank you steinberg!