CHOW Tape Model by Jatin Chowdhury

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KVRer
2 posts since 17 Nov, 2013

Post Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:07 pm

The wow and flutter are just right but finding the right speed and how much depth to add is hard. If you can make the setting so the 3.75, 7.5, 15, 30 ips tape speeds are linked to the rate and depth. Along with that the wow and flutter could linked setting to make it more reel to real.

KVRist
72 posts since 18 Jan, 2019

Post Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:24 am

Hi All!

I've spent a bit of time the past couple months working on a few updates for ChowTape. There's a bunch of new features (including several that were proposed in this thread!), but here's a few highlights:
- Added support for Apple Silicon.
- Added Azimuth parameter for playhead loss controls.
- Added Variance and Drift parameters for Wow control.
- Fixed stability issue in tone filters.
- Created installer packages for Windows/Mac.

The full list of changes can be found in the Changelog. If you'd like to try out these changes before they're officially released, you can download the latest "nightly" builds from our new website! As always, if you notice any bugs feel free to report them here or on GitHub (GitHub is preferred). I haven't had a chance to update the user manual yet, so definitely let me know if you have any questions about the newer features.

I've also tried compiling ChowTape for iOS, as an AUv3 plugin. If you like, you can download a "TestFlight" build here. I've had some fun using the plugin on iPad, but I'm not sure how well the UI will scale for the iPhone.

Thanks!
Jatin

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KVRAF
8998 posts since 3 Feb, 2003 from Finland, Espoo

Post Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:30 am

This is awesome news!! Will definitely try the latest nightly build on my M1 Mac Mini.

Cheers!
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KVRist
75 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:14 pm

Azimuth, yay! I'm happy you're still updating and developing, awesome - thanks so much!

Rad Grandad
33128 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

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KVRist
284 posts since 29 Apr, 2019

Post Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:12 am

Damn that azimuth control is amazing, adds a little extra magic. The tape emulation controls in general feel very polished now. Not that I've ever used a tape machine before, but this gets at the tape vibes I imagine in my head better than anything else I've tried.

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4029 posts since 22 Mar, 2009 from gent

Post Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:57 pm

Can you please upload the nightly builds as a dll ( just like on github )or vst3 file and not just an install file ?
Also , the nightly build shows version 2.7.5 and not 2.8
Cheers , keep up the amazing work :tu:
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4029 posts since 22 Mar, 2009 from gent

Post Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:13 pm

I just tried installing the vst3 version and it does not show up , I have encountered this with other plugins and the reason was because of a microsoft windows c++ redistributable version that is missing
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KVRist
72 posts since 18 Jan, 2019

Post Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:10 pm

Glad folks are enjoying the update!
gentleclockdivider wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:57 pm
Can you please upload the nightly builds as a dll ( just like on github )or vst3 file and not just an install file ?
Also , the nightly build shows version 2.7.5 and not 2.8
Yes, I've uploaded Windows builds to GitHub (Mac builds to follow soon...): https://github.com/jatinchowdhury18/Ana ... Plugin/Bin.

The version number is currently 2.7.5 because I would like the version that I actually release to be 2.8.0. Unfortunately, the Mac App Store doesn't let you upload two builds with the same version number, meaning every time I make a change I have to change the version number. I figured I could either do 2.7.x up until I'm ready to release, or start and 2.8.0, and end up releasing 2.8.x. Neither option is ideal, but for now I'm going with the first one.
gentleclockdivider wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:13 pm
I just tried installing the vst3 version and it does not show up , I have encountered this with other plugins and the reason was because of a microsoft windows c++ redistributable version that is missing
I haven't run into this issue before, but I'll try to investigate it further. Thanks for reporting!

KVRian
919 posts since 26 Apr, 2019 from Netherlands

Post Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:43 pm

@Jatin:

Thanks for this nice tape plugin. 8)

Just a minor thing, but I'm a bit curious. :wink: Why does your TC-260 preset run at 15 ips when the original machine can't run at that speed?
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KVRist
72 posts since 18 Jan, 2019

Post Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:09 pm

Lotuz2019 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:43 pm
Just a minor thing, but I'm a bit curious. :wink: Why does your TC-260 preset run at 15 ips when the original machine can't run at that speed?
Haha, that was almost certainly a typo on my part. Not sure if I should try to fix it at this point though, for fear of breaking existing patches.

KVRian
919 posts since 26 Apr, 2019 from Netherlands

Post Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:16 pm

I was just wondering if the preset @15 ips sounds closer to the TC-260 than @ 3.75 and 7.5 ips. As long as the preset @ 3.75 and 7.5 ips sounds like the TC-260 at the same speeds, then I wouldn't bother.

Thanks again for the plugin. It sounds different than the other tape plugins I have. One of the things I like about it, is that it attenuates the sustain after the transients which can be useful.

KVRist
72 posts since 18 Jan, 2019

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:31 am

Hi all,

Glad folks are enjoying the beta! I've made a few more updates which can be tried out, again by downloading the latest nightly build. The main change for the desktop plugin is that I've made the STN hysteresis mode much faster. On my machine, the CPU usage with STN mode is almost 2x better than before! Previously, I would usually use the RK2 mode for monitoring, and then change it to NR8 for exporting my mix, but I think I'll probably start using the STN mode for monitoring since I think it sounds a little better than RK2.
Lotuz2019 wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:16 pm
I was just wondering if the preset @15 ips sounds closer to the TC-260 than @ 3.75 and 7.5 ips. As long as the preset @ 3.75 and 7.5 ips sounds like the TC-260 at the same speeds, then I wouldn't bother.
Yes, going back over how I made that preset, all of the relevant parameters were measured from my TC-260 directly, so as you said, at 3.75 the plugin should sound just like the TC-260 at the same speed. I haven't done an A/B comparison with the TC-260 since the early days of working on the plugin, so I should probably do another one soon, but my TC-260 is currently broken (again). I have done A/B's with other tape machines more recently, it's just been a while since I compared with the TC-260, and it would be cool to go back to it since that's what got me started on this project in the first place :).

KVRist
72 posts since 18 Jan, 2019

Post Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:19 am

Hi all,

ChowTape version 2.8.0 is officially released now! Thanks to all the folks here for testing, and giving useful feedback. You can download/install the latest version at these links:
Desktop: https://chowdsp.com/products.html#tape
iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chowtapem ... 1557806564

Thanks,
Jatin

KVRAF
6598 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from france

Post Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:34 am

Congratulations for the release!
There are some great additions in there.
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