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DAW Cassette by Klevgränd

Klevgränd released DAW Cassette, an iOS version of the WebCassette we got to play with last month. On iOS we get the benefit of AUv3 in this tape deck emulation effect.

DAW Cassette iTunes Description:

DAW Cassette is an Audio Unit effect that emulates the sound of a classical tape deck. Using the different controls makes it a versatile tool for adding warmth to a track or a full mix.


AUv3 only, works as a plugin in Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, AudioBus 3, Beatmaker 3 or any other AUv3 compatible host.
Choose between three different tape types (normal, chrome, metal)
Control the noise level with dolby emulation (including a noise free option, Dolby K).
Tape-, head- and motor* quality knobs for dialing in the perfect sound
Additional input gain, output gain and dry/wet mix parameters for convenience.

* Motor quality only emulates wobbling in this plugin (no slow down effect).

NOTE! DAW Cassette only works as a AUv3 plugin. It can be used inside any AUv3 compatible host, but won’t work as a stand alone app.

Check out the product web page for more info, sound examples and a user manual.

Feedback or suggestions? Drop us a mail: support(at)klevgrand.se or @klevgrand on Twitter.

There's already a soundtestroom demo for the app, and embedded here is the official promo from Klevgränd.

Reader Comments 13

Wait a sec.an App that adds ... „ Noise „……🧐🤯
April 25, 2018  | person_outline JANUBIS
Tape & head quality seems to be a bit of distortion (perhaps other things). Motor quality adds some pitch LFO to simulate some "wow" and "flutter". Type type seems like a 3-position high-pass as there's more bass in the higher quality tape (but again, there may be more going on there.

As someone who started out with an early cassette 4-track, (a tascam portaone), I don't have much nostalgia for it. The sound quality was not so good. OTOH, it was my introduction to multi-track recording and I did have lots of fun with it.

I can see why people might want this app, but I have a couple other processes I can use to make my tracks sound like shit.
I definitely could hear the difference in the switch from metal to normal tape and that was awesome. I think that for samples it would be awesome. To introduce variable in otherwise digital recordings. No one is going to mind your sound warping so much.
April 25, 2018  | person_outline Flighty
Not sure I want to pay $13 for an app that ruins my audio quality...
April 25, 2018  | person_outline Simon
@Simon: I've paid a lot more than that for distortion pedals! Also this is only $8.
In defense of this, there are times when you have even a section of a song that goes into a lo-fi section that makes the full-fi sound richer.

Other times when your mix just seems so pristine and the music requires a more raw thing. For this, I don't hesitate to use EQ to thin things out, or good quality saturation to add some grit. I don't think I'd ever want to add noise to a mix, but I suppose I should never say never.
This app does not make any sense! It is insult.
April 26, 2018  | person_outline Anonymus 48
Tim wrote "I've paid a lot more than that for distortion pedals! Also this is only $8. "

Yes, I know what you mean. I actually like distortion ( I have WretchUp and a few other "sound distorting" apps) but this one just sounds uninteresting to me.

It is $8 in the USA, but $13 in Australia. I wonder what the "normal" price will be after the intro price..?
April 26, 2018  | person_outline Simon
Let's say you recorded a demo of yourself, like 30 years ago. Someone important asks to hear examples of your early work, and you have some embarrassing bits you want to replace.

You take your old 4-track tracks, pull them into your daw, and start swapping out the embarrassing bits and run them through this plug so they match.

Let's say you're doing sound & music for a film, and in one scene, a kid listens to an old-school answering machine saying that the big dance contest is in three days, and the prize is $500, just enough to buy that used heart-lung-machine for grandma. Cut to the kid popping a cassette into his boombox and does a dance/training montage. Now you can have the appropriate boombox simulation.

You get paid $10 for your work. This thing practically pays for itself.
Somebody at Klevgard got an idea how to get rich without no work or no imagination. Of course couple of trolls also help.
April 26, 2018  | person_outline Anonymus 46
On April 26, 2018 - @Anonymus 46 said:
Somebody at Klevgard got an idea how to get rich without no work or no imagination. Of course couple of trolls also help.

I seriously anyone doing music iOS apps is "getting rich"...
April 26, 2018  | person DrüMünkey
I think it is a little expensive, but I don’t get all the extreme negativity here. It’s a cute idea and it looks well executed. It’s not for everyone and that’s ok. I am happy there are developers making crazy stuff just for kicks. More variety is good! I love shitty lo-fi music, though I own enough tape players that I would probably just do this oldskool. One of my favorite things about Tap Delay app is how I can do tape saturation and such too.
Let's say you are developer who bashes out a cool little tape distortion web app. Let's say it gets raves from the AudioBus forum crowd. Let s say you make an app based on the same idea. Let's say you think "why not charge $8 for it and see who bites". Fair enough.

I have no hate for the app or the developer. They are a great developer who has made many cool audio apps. 'This one just isn't for me. I hope they make a ton of money on it so they can go on and make many more cool apps.
April 27, 2018  | person_outline Simon

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