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Old 12-02-2012, 02:15 AM   #1
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cassette sound on Reaper?

Was wondering if there's a way on Reaper (or any recording software) to make it sound more like a cassette?
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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sure there is. Tape deck simulation software.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:28 AM   #3
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Was wondering if there's a way on Reaper (or any recording software) to make it sound more like a cassette?

Well, cassettes sound like shit. I don't know why anyone would want to emulate it.

I assume you mean reel-to-reel tape?


These are all free, and great:

FerricTDS

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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If you want to make it sound like a cassette take out all the top and bottom end and then find a hiss generator from somewhere.

Instant cassette.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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Well, cassettes sound like shit. I don't know why anyone would want to emulate it.

I assume you mean reel-to-reel tape?


These are all free, and great:

FerricTDS

TB Ferox

Massey Tapehead

trying to go for a sound like these




Is that just reel-to-reel then? It sounded like it was on a cassette but I'm not familiar with any of this stuff.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:38 PM   #6
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Try izotope vinyl. It's a vst that emulates old recordings.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
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Well, turns out you really do want to simulate what kyle62 assumed otherwise... I'll try to not pass judgement, other than wondering why anyone could possibly desire to sound like that, and tell you something helpful.

Basically, aside from recording with a cheap, nasty cassette recorder, you can record everything too hot (i.e clipping) and through a light distortion (not on amps; a distortion plug-in after any amp distortion is applied) and put a high-pass filter around 80-100Hz ish, and a low-pass filter at about 12-15kHz, maybe a little lower with a slower slope (-6dB/Oct. at 8kHz maybe).

Oh, and some form of hiss generator/vinyl or tape simulation.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:59 PM   #8
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It's because Black Metal is 2tr004u.


And sounding bad is the essence of Black Metal.
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It's because Black Metal is 2tr004u.


And sounding bad is the essence of Black Metal.

Sorry to derail the thread, but this is what I can't stand about black metal and some death metal - even if I liked the ideas, some of it is so hard to make out because of the (often intentionally) shit production, and any band that breaks away from that so they have a black or death metal album which sounds sonically-awesome gets slated as being 'mainstream' or 'sell-outs' or 'not true'. Regardless of what black metal fans now think of them, at least you can tell what Dimmu Borgir are playing, and because it has the full frequency spectrum, and is well balanced, stuff like Progenies of The Great Apocalypse, The Serpentine Offering etc. sound far heavier and more powerful than (no offence meant) the stuff TS just posted, in my opinion.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #10
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My god, that sounds atrocious.


Get TB ReelBus, crank the gain to about +15dB on the hybrid model and mess about until it sounds suitably shitty.


I'm all for going a bit nuts with effects and overdoing it, but that's barely even listenable and you'd be a moron to put out music that intentionally sounds shittier than it could do. Even in the extreme metal scenes, people want to hear what they're listening to.

There are better ways to express yourself than by intentionally sabotaging your own recordings
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #11
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lol I assumed I'd get that reaction, thanks for the help though. I might just end up getting a cassette deck after all.

I genuinely don't care about being "trve" or anything, I just really like the sound. I won't deny it sounds bad.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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''Shitty'' production can add a certain ''atmosphere'' and ''mood'' to a record, and black metal is all about that. Listen to Filosofem by Burzum, for me that is the perfect black metal sound, so ''shitty'' yet so evocative. Not everything has to sound polished and perfect production-wise, especially when we're talking about black metal, punk, noise rock, no wave or other inherently lo-fi genres.
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lol I assumed I'd get that reaction, thanks for the help though. I might just end up getting a cassette deck after all.

I genuinely don't care about being "trve" or anything, I just really like the sound. I won't deny it sounds bad.

Fair play to you.

Try that Ferox plugin, it can get absolutely filthy. Honestly, I think I could nail that effect in about 2 minutes.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:52 PM   #14
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I actually was looking for one of these before. I wanted to do this as a joke or effect to make it sound like a cassette demo or something, as a lo-fi effect.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:57 PM   #15
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Find a tape recorder with a mic input and get some adapters to plug into it.....record the headphone output to the line in. I haven't tried this because my tape recorder just has one of the built in mics which are far too shitty to record with. But it could work! You probably won't be able to play loud.
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