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Tapes: Synths.01

Tape Instrument by THEPHONOLOOP
Introductory offer: €72.00 until 07.10.2019, then €90.00
Tapes: Synths.01
Tapes: Synths.01 by THEPHONOLOOP is Soundware (e.g. samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows.
System Requirements
Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or higher - doesn't work in Kontakt Player
System Requirements
Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or higher - doesn't work in Kontakt Player
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About the series

Idea for Tapes was born from a desire to try something a little different than previous THEPHONOLOOP releases, something more experimental (but still useful) and bigger, with greater sound design possibilities. Whole instrument is inspired by tape slicing composition techniques from the past (or today's cassette tape loop music). All the sound sources were recorded either on tape reel, cassette tape (regular and loop) or microcassette – in total around 13 different units, each with its own strong & weak points. All the available sound sources loop, but there are some differences in how they were created, and so they are divided into 3 categories:

  • Sounds - every key has its own sample (73 samples per sound) – like in a cassette tape loop you can hear where the loop point is, but the loop itself is longer, smoother and more 'stable' than in regular tape loops.
  • Tempo Sync - every key has its own (73 samples per sound) - the loops were recorded at 80 BPM and are mostly 4 bars long (a few of the sounds are 2 bars long). Sounds from this category loop very smoothly and are synced to the host tempo thanks to Kontakt's time-stretching algorithm.
  • Tape Loops - one sample for the whole key range (1 sample per sound) - these are actual cassette tape loops: warm, lofi and sometimes 'unstable'. This category contains both complex and simple sounds. Due to the nature of tape loops, using these can produce the most unique and beautiful results, especially when you start combining two sound sources together and then modulate everything using built in sequencers.

Tapes: Synths.01

Synths.01 is the first instrument in the Tapes series and like the name suggests, it focuses on synth sounds and sound synthesis in general. The sound sources were created using various hardware and software synthesizers and effects – from digital FM and physical modelling synths to analog (and digital) eurorack modules. Due to the fact that everything was recorded either on tape, cassette, micro cassette or cassette tape loops it excels in creating lofi, warm sounds, but not all decks used in Tapes are wonky – plus most of the significant settings can be modulated, so it's also a nice tool for creating modern, even cinematic sounds. Feel free to check out some examples (in total there are 239 presets):

Example presets:

Audio demos:

Features and Requirements:

  • Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 (or higher) required - not compatible with Kontakt Player.
  • 17,15 GB of samples (WAV 24-bit, uncompressed), 13,66 GB after lossless Kontakt compression (8312 samples in total).
  • 285 sound sources.
  • 239 presets.
  • Samples recorded using 13 different decks.
  • 34 noise samples.
  • Warm sound with lots of little imperfections.
  • Convolution Reverb with custom impulses (spring, hall, corridor, short, digital, delay, metal).
  • Lots of sound design options.
  • 4 sequencers for parameters modulation.
  • Swarm mode.

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