Analogue Tape Tricks?
After Klevgrand launched the DAW Cassette app, I started playing around with various apps to get a little more control and tape-like sounds. I've been combining some settings in AD Grind, without the wavetable, and using the Soft Saturation algo, etc. Add to that, AD Quatro Mod. There's a preset for the diffuser part that creates a nice wobbling sound. You can also get a nice wobbling sound with built-in tape saturation with italizer, with the mix turned up to 100% and no feedback. Then add Tap Delay for some exaggerated wow/flutter and tape hiss. AD RoughRider2 can soften up the edges. Master Record on top of that if you haven't damaged it enough. (I'd love for Master Record to go AUv3)
These combos give me about all the control over the sound that I want... but DAW Cassette gets specifically to the authentic sound a bit quicker I think. So, it's worth it if you don't already have all of the apps I'm using.
Beyond that, I've been digging up any old cassette gear and cassettes. I have 2 old portable cassette recorder/players that simply don't work anymore. Just got old I guess. One had a tape in it from when I was traveling in Morocco many years ago. I mentioned that in another thread. Had to do with a tape I'd made after getting the news that my mom had passed, and my last conversation with her from a payphone in Marrakech.
I've listened to that tape about 6 times now. Digitized it to my iPad and will make a little heavy life/art piece out of it later.
So, I also hooked up an old Technics home tape deck I had in the closet. Still in good shape and works well. Was able to round up all the cables to get audio from the iPad/iPhone in to record, and back out to the iPad/iPhone. Ready to experiment.
I found some high quality cassettes with music on them that I might record over... or, I might just buy a pack of Normal tapes to experiment with for lofi.
One tape I found in the trunk of my car was from law office about copyright on the web or some nonsense It's a old, cheap tape, that's baked in the trunk of my car for who knows long. And the tabs weren't broken off so I can record over it. My first experimental specimen!
Any interesting tricks to try with this tape? I was thinking of maybe pulling a bunch of tape out, scrunching it up to damage it a bit more, then reel it back in for even more decay. There's a bias setting dial on the cassette deck. I know that's to adjust for high bias tapes while recording... but can it be used for weird effects on normal tapes? Or anything that's not what it was intended for?