denise.io launched Bad Tape, a plug-in which emulates extreme tape artifacts. These include wow, shake, hiss, squeal, harm and detune – each with color, saturation, speed and mix controls. Like any tape plug-in, this one also gets you warmth and fluctiations. Most of the artifacts are self-explanatory, with the possible exception of harm, which provides fuzz-like distortion. However, it doesn’t sound like any ol’ fuzz pedal – the distortion is very ‘animated’ due to the simulated tape movement, and there’s even a little bit-crushing going on.
Likewise, the hiss and saturation controls serve well for analog coloration. Instead of talking a big talk, denise.io provided intriguing examples of Bad Tape in action. Like, you can hear what automating the detune button does to a guitar lick, or how the analog artifacts add a kind of movement to loops that’s not unlike traditional modulation. Harsh industrial sounds are also possible by virtue of the harm and squeal controls, pretty cool if you are bored of your usual audio degradation toolbox.
Overall, this is another solid release from denise that pairs well with the rest of their plug-ins, like Space Invader and Noize. Space Invader is an atypical flanger with sequencing, and flanging originated from tape itself. Noize is an adaptive noise generator with 8 types of noise. Both pluggies have something to do with Bad Tape sonically, so if you want to add an additional edge to it, these are your drop-in solutions with similar logic and GUI.
Price and availability
Bad Tape is sold at an introductory price of EUR 15, down from EUR 49. It’s available in VST, VST3, AAX, and AU formats for Windows and Mac computers. Denise lets you buy Bad Tape in a bundle with Noize 2 and Space Invader for considerable savings, so definitely check the offers out.