Wavesfactory has released Cassette, an audio plugin that emulates the sound of vintage cassette tapes and decks. It has been carefully modeled after exhaustive analysis of a high number of sound signals recorded into real tapes. Magnetic tape is not a sterile media. It imparts 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, and stereo unbalances. All of these little quirks and random fluctuations have been modeled meticulously. Cassette imprints instant nostalgia, a time machine as much as it is a tape machine.
Wavesfactory Cassette is available now for €59, with a special introductory price of €29. It requires macOS 10.7 or later and an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host.