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Wavesfactory Cassette, a tape emulator that reproduces the sound quality of cassette tapes, has been released.

I was just worried about the cassette tape, so I purchased it immediately and would like to review it this time.

Because I was just worried about cassette tapes.

As a member of the Around 30 years old generation, I used to touch cassette tapes a little when I was young, but there was a part that I was attracted to because of my memory bias during childhood. It was quite a while ago, but when I went to a certain Nakameguro(in Tokyo) cassette shop, I felt excited. That’s why I wanted to incorporate the analog texture of a cassette tape into my digital smell.

However, I bought a cassette deck that looked good, bought a tape, bought an audio interface that could be re-amplified … I was hesitant because my estimate was about 100,000 yen.

A plug-in came out at such a point.

What is Wavesfactory Cassette

This is a cassette tape simulator released by a developer called Wavesfactory (not Waves such as Q10) .

It is a kind of so-called tape emulator, but it is a variant that emulates and reproduces the sound quality of cassette tapes and cassette decks.

The following is an official introduction.

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.

[emulates the sound of vintage cassette tapes and decks]

I was very excited by these words.

As mentioned above, this is exactly the time when we wanted the warmth of the cassette tape.

I think that it will strongly support “analog feeling” and “elimination of digital smell” which I feel as one proposition in playing computer music.

PluginBoutique ‘s virtual cash had accumulated in addition to the sale, so I was able to buy it cheaply.

Plugin features

The type of tape can be selected from 4 types, and the behavior of the cassette deck can be finely controlled. I’m also good at making things as effective as possible.

Somehow, it feels like you can see something like a cassette tape love or a developer’s commitment.

Tape type

The following four types of tapes are available. It seems to be reproducing what actually exists, and it is fun to match the information that came out when I was googled for a cassette tape. 

Here is the official excerpt.

  • 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.

Type I is a so-called normal cassette tape (normal position). It has a lot of baskets, but it is a fat sound and it is exciting.

Type II is a high-grade tape called high position. Although there is no low-pass thickness compared to the normal, the high-pass feels smooth and refreshing. Maybe the most natural.

Type III is a tape that was developed to try to get the best of normal and high positives, but did not seem to be popular. The sound is more fat than normal. I didn’t know which side was the best, as long as I tried this plugin.

Is Type IV the legend of metal tape? It seems to have been a world of ultra-high-quality tapes, with thousands of tapes. It’s Bubbly. The sound is crisp and in the high-frequency more important than Hi-Posi Glitter Biyaka is feeling.

Deck settings

The setting items on the cassette deck are quite abundant, and I think this is a point where developers can feel their love.

The sound quality of the center deck type goes down to pro> home> micro. Basically, it looks good in pro, and the effect of micro is also interesting as an effect.

In addition to the above front panel, pressing the gear button will bring up detailed parameter setting items that seem to be internal settings of the deck.

I don’t really understand the details that aren’t very bright in the audio, but there are some presets so I think it’s a good idea to play around with them.

It is a maniac that can reproduce the feeling of deterioration by recording repeatedly, and the feeling that the tape has become distorted.

The preset “Tascam” seems to reproduce the behavior of the Tascam Portastudio 414 4-channel cassette MTR. Other presets seem to be cheaper and more effective.

Oversampling seems to be 192kHz. Only here is not cheap.

Habit is strong but feels good

To be honest, I liked it.

The seasoning is quite strong and the sound changes quite a bit. So I think it would be useless if I didn’t add it, but personally it came quite nicely.

It is interesting to use it as an effector with a preset base, but it is also a very good feeling to insert it into the master with a weak change in sound quality. Even so, it seems better to adjust the EQ afterwards because the seasoning is strong.

You can feel the warmth and warmth that you can’t get by writing and processing digitally in the usual way, you can feel stronger, and the feeling that the sense of localization fits better (inversely it can be broken depending on the setting) ).

The basics are basketball or shaky shaka and it is the direction opposite to the high-end feeling, so it is not suitable for the wide and crisp sound of the modern sound field, but by passing it, “ it is good or bad I feel “realistic”.

I personally like high positive (Type II) tape. Normal (Type I) tapes also have a very good fat feeling and thickness if they can tolerate a basket.

Latency is about 1ms, so you can put it on the track. In that case, it seems better to turn off oversampling in consideration of CPU load.

Conclusion

Originally, there was a feeling that I wanted real analog sound on a real cassette tape instead of a plug-in… so I didn’t expect that much from this plug-in.

However, when I tried using it, it became a favorite plug-in immediately.

(Well, that’s why I really want to try real cassette tapes …)

As a plug-in’s privilege, it is also overwhelmingly convenient and inexpensive compared to the real thing.

In addition, this unit is a “cassette tape simulator” that has different characteristics from the kind of tape simulators often found in DTM plug-ins such as VTM and Magnetite. It is a little different from the system that “makes the sound better if you let it through”. That’s where we want to avoid being confused.

So if you’re worried about intense analog sounds and cassette tapes, why not try the Wavesfactory Cassette? If you are addicted, you will be hooked.

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