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WatKat is a digital "clone" of a Wem Watkins "Custom" Copicat. 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 over 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.
Reviewed By Xelebes
October 26, 2008
Sound: Interesting. Makes the tinniest acid lines (as that has been what I have been using it for so far) into a more phat and grungy sound. Don't know about authenticness, but I'm finding it a bit malleable for my purposes.
Features: Not much, does some weird things here and there which might interest you. But not really. But eh, it's a delay box, not much I'm really looking for in it.
Documentation: Eh, for me, it doesn't need it but there's a manual which you're supposed to read before using. Oops!
Presets: No presets, but it's not like you really need them for this thing. Play with it.
Stability: No crashes so far, which is a good thing, I reckon.
Dollar value: It's free, so it's all good. Time-value to download and to plunk around with it? It's definitely worth a try, you might like it. It's a simple little tool which has cute little quirks.Read more