Tape MELLO-FI is a powerful lo-fi effect plug-in derived from our Mellotron V software instrument (shown below).
It allows you to impart the unique sonic character of a vintage Mellotron to any audio track in a recording project.
Exceedingly simple to use, it provides instantly audible results and can be just the thing to make a track stand out and cause your listeners to wonder how you got “that” sound.
Essentially, Tape MELLO-FI makes any audio track sound like it is being played from vintage analog tape.
Note: Tape MELLO-FI is not a virtual instrument itself. You’ll want Mellotron V for that.
- the Preamp section,
- the Tape section,
- the Tape stop section,
- and the Output section.
These different sections offer multiple ways to control the sound of Tape MELLO-FI.
The Preamp section includes a Drive circuit to simulate tape saturation or more aggressive overdrive, a Tone control, and a Noise knob to add authentic analog tape hiss to the sound.
The Tape section is where you'll find controls related to the physics of analog tape and the Mellotron mechanism playing it back. Playing with the Flutter, WOW, Wear, and Mechanics knobs will allow you to introduce things like pitch variation, pitch randomness, or even noise.
The Tape stop section allows you to slow down, or even stop, the "tape". The effect is like turning off the motors with the amp electronics still live, or slowing down a turntable. Speed and pitch change together.
Finally, the Output section lets you control the output of Tape MELLO-FI. From there, you can choose to bypass, or not, Tape MELLO-FI, you can control the output level, and you can choose to apply, or not, a lowpass filter or a highpass filter.
To learn more about the controls and features from the different sections, please refer to the user manual that you can find here.
After using the "tape stop" function, make sure to restart the "tape".
In Tape MELLO-FI, in the "Tape stop" section, you can slow down or stop the "tape" entirely - even with your DAW playback still running.