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Delay / Echo Plugin by GSi
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WatKat has been replaced by: VariSpeed
WatKat by GSi is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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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.

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Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Xelebes [all]
October 26th, 2008
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

Interface: A little guessing as to where the buttons really ae but once you find them, they have a name pop up that tells you what they are. that's all I need.

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.
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Comments & Discussion for GSi WatKat

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24 May 2015 at 9:31am

Hi, this is pretty cool...but a speed ctrl were put it on a superior level.....

21 March 2016 at 7:52am

Just the thing for a rockabilly slap. head 1 on, other two off, swell about 7/10, feedback just above 0, both gains on full. hardly a hit on my CPU and does the slap perfectly. Thanks.

10 November 2019 at 1:23pm

Hey I remember these way back in the 70's they where the latest tech and not very reliable but did.

make some amazing sounds you can hear the echo from the tape through the PA system and.

perfect for a Country and western sounds. This download sounds like fun to use.

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