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Tape Stop

At about the same time as dinosaurs roamed the earth, magnetic tape was the hottest way to store recorded audio. Naturally, cave men discovered that starting and stopping the tape while playing back would lead to interesting effects.

Tape Stop simulates this arcane technology in a simple way, allowing you to get great spindown/speedup sounds quickly with the push of a button. What's next? Harnessing the power of fire?:

  • Play button - The current state of the tape motor.
  • Stop Time knob - Time until the tape motor reaches full stop when stopping.
  • Start Time knob - Time until the tape motor reaches full speed when starting.
  • Curve - The speed curve of the tape motor starting/stopping.
  • Settings panel - Whenever you have your mouse cursor over a snapin theree is a small arrow at the top right corner (not visible in screenshot). It opens a settings panel where you handle presets.
  • Enabled checkbox - The small checkbox to the left of the plugin name is a checkbox that bypasses the effect when disabled.
  • Resize handle - The bottom right corner of all Kilohearts plugins is a resize handle for scaling the UI to any size. This allows you to get a good view of the controls whatever the screen resolution, and also comes in handy if you need big controls, e.g. when using Tape Stop as a real-time effect on a touchscreen monitor during a live set. (This is not available when the snapin is used inside a snapin host.).

Tape Stop shines on it's own, but it was primarily created to power up the different "Snapin Hosts" Kilohearts offer. These are bigger effects units that utilize all the available snapins and give you a really fun and creative workflow for combining them in any way you can think of. So have a look at Snap Heap and Multipass right now.

Tape Stop is also available as a Rack Extension for Reason over at the Propellerhead shop.

User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 reviewAdd A Review

Reviewed By tommyzai
May 29, 2017

I did a search for tape player wind-up and wind-down effects and stumbled upon Tape Stop by kiloHearts. I picked it up, played nonstop for a couple days and wanted to share my enthusiasm in this mini user review.

Very simple, yet powerful – not many buttons or controls, but limitless in the sense that it spins-down and speeds-up whatever audio you feed into it. It's a fantastic tape transport effect emulation. I can feel the motor. I can hear the magnetic flakes jumping off the tape. Nice price. Useful. Fun. Use this wisely, and it could really spice up a track:

  • Tiny Footprint.
  • Fast loading.
  • Simple operation.
  • GUI couldn't be better. .. certainly doesn't get in the way. LOL.
  • Cool developer.
  • Priced right.

Ease of Operation = 10/10
Sound Quality = 9/10
Price - 9/10
Funness Factor = 10/10.

*I highly recommend this little gem. It does exactly what it claims and does it well.

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