DAW Cassette – Klevgrand Brings Back the Grit
This week we want to share with you Klevgrand’s new plugin, DAW Cassette. DAW Cassette is a cassette tape emulation software that can immediately bring you back to the late 80’s/early 90’s for that classic sound only found on cassette. We played around with the plugin and it was extremely impressive, and we’re not being too generous, this was one of the coolest plugins we’ve reviewed in a while. Read our review then below that read an interview we had with the developers of DAW Cassette from Klevgrand.
The interface is fun and easy to experiment with using the 6 buttons and 6 knobs to control each parameter. From left to right you have control over the Tape Quality, Head Quality, and Motor Quality, Input Gain, Output Gain, and finally a Dry/Wet Mix. The buttons available can alter the tape’s materials from Normal, Metal, or Chrome. Then you can choose how much noise to introduce into the signal from High, Low, or Off. Two VU meters can be seen in the upper right corner to reflect the stereo output of the signal.
Messing with the quality knobs is where this plugin really adds its unique touch. There are an endless amount of combinations that can be made with these three knobs that will warrant sound design results of your nightmares or your dreams. The range here is incredible. You can, of course, aim to actually emulate your favorite tape sound from history but if you’re someone to play and play until you’ve found a sound never heard before then look no further than DAW Cassette. Its parameters add a classic warmth and wobble to the mix, dialing in the exact tone you desire can be done, but finding exactly what you want with all the possibilities may throw you for a loop (not a bad thing). Klevgrand said it best,
“DAW Cassette brings back the magic era of the 1980’s by emulating the sound of a tape deck. Saturation, distortion, noise, wobble, it’s all there. While there’s no real rational logic to it, the sound color gives us chills down the spines, (or it might be the mullet haircut that tickles). Fresh.”