VHS Audio Degradation Suite

VHS Tape Noise and Flutter Simulator

(114 Votes)
James Peck
1.1 (Updated 5 months ago)
88.3MB
February 14, 2017
Reaktor 6
Effect Multi-Effect

DESCRIPTION

Changelog

April 10th, 2017: Version 1.1 Added
-Literally just discovered the "snap to grid" option
-Made some OCD-esque changes to the GUI
-Functionality remains the same

Note: Please report any bugs in the comment section!

Summary
An audio multi-effect combining saturation, pitch modulation and noise, to emulate the imperfections of VHS tape.

DSP Overview
Input > Chorus > Mic Emulation > Preamp > Slew Limiter > Compressor > 2-Band Saturator > LPF > Wow/Flutter > Noise > Wow/Flutter > Output

Chorus
Controls: On/Off, Chorus, Speed, Delay, Width
Adds some additional pitch variation the input signal. Can also function as stereo widener.

Mic Emulation
Controls: On/Off, Mic Select Menu, Gain
Simulates the signal being re-recorded on a microphone. From “The Mic”. Adds about 15% CPU usage.

Preamp
Controls: Tone, Drive
Tone and Drive controls from the “Tape Mate” ensemble. This emulates the input circuit of a VCR (somewhat)

Slew Limiter
Controls: Wear
An idea from Tape Mate. Knob is labeled as “Wear” to simulate the age or generation of the tape

Compressor
Controls: Comp
Provided to beef up input signal more and limit dynamic range

2-Band Saturator
Controls: On/Off, Lows, LoSat, Split, Highs, HiSat
When a generation is added to a tape, the highs get lowered and saturated (around 15khz down to 7khz). A crossover control (Split) lets you split the signal into low and high band, and saturate each separately.

LPF
Controls: HiCut
To control the high cut of the signal. 4-Pole Lowpass filter.

Wow/Flutter
Controls: Warp, RPM, Shape, Flutter, Hz
Emulate the tracking and speed imperfections. From “Simpler Vintape”

Noise
Controls: Hum1, Hum2, Hum3, Hiss, Crackle, Noise
Actual samples recorded from VHS tapes, and a regular white noise generator. Able to be inserted post or pre effects.

Wow/Flutter
Controls: Flutter2, fRate, Wow, wRate, LoCut, HiCut
A slightly different wow/flutter (from Tape Mate)- if a tape were re-recorded it would have additional pitch variation like this. Additional low and high cut controls.

Output
Controls: Mono On/Off
Option to sum to mono

Notes:
-No master Dry/Wet control, as that would induce phase nightmares
-Use chorus sparingly.. on transient heavy material it will cause flamming and phasing
-Be careful with noise levels when inserted pre fx and compressor is used. When no signal present, the noise will be very loud
-CPU Usage: approx. 5% no Mic Emulation
-CPU Usage: approx. 20% with Mic Emulation
-Created with Reaktor 6.0.4

Acknowledgments:
-Jonathan Tremblay for “The Mic”; used for the Mic Emulation Section and Audio Demo 3
-Stephen Reid for “Tape Mate”; used for Drive, Flutter2 and Wow
-Stefan Knauthe for “Simpler Vintape”; used for Warp and Flutter

COMMENTS  (105)

Daniel Miclos
1 week ago
Great!
Remco Platteel
1 week ago
Love it ! Thank you Sir !
4 weeks ago
Great effect. Thx for creating it James.
Dan Grain
2 months ago
Super!!! Thanks a million
Seoy Ra̱leng
3 months ago
thanks a lot
Garrett Bean
3 months ago
A must have for a LoFi production! Thank you!!
Linas Maknys
3 months ago
This is great! It sounds great, it looks great, and i enjoyed the demo music too hehe :)
elliot canter
4 months ago
Hey James. Many thanks for the response. This happened to be the first time I have ever made a request here, but I love this thing so much (enough to keep resetting every 29 minutes - No R6, yet). Having the ability to mix the top section, mic's, and even overall output, would send this thing over the edge. Will keep my eye on this, and if there are any ways to make a donation to help realise the project, I'd definitely be open. Cheers!
COMMAND Q
4 months ago
Did anyone figure out how to fix the crashes in standalone mode and the constant demo activation request in DAW's? Im running everything fully updated in Reaktor 6. I love this plugin but i cant use it yet and I've seen several comments below with the same issue. Any help is appreciated :)
James Peck
4 months ago
hey elliot.. was thinking the same thing! the knobs are not scaled properly and i might need to do a little gain compensation between pre and post modes. dry/wet or mix controls were something i was initially opposed to, but is sounding more and more like a good idea.
elliot canter
4 months ago
Would love to see some mix knobs. Output, and mic emulation mix knobs would be great. However, the most important would be for the hum/hiss/crackle section. These can get quite crazy, quickly, especially in 'post' mode, and they are quite fiddly to change all of them every time we need to lower/raise volume. It would be great to use the current 6 knobs to get a relative mix, and then have a mix knob, to add 'to taste'. I hope this is an idea deemed worthy enough for the extra effort. cheers!
elliot canter
4 months ago
>>"for extra goodness.. put the sample rate down to 22khz or lower!"
James Peck
4 months ago
@mike dancey... send me an email memorecks@gmail.com lets get u sorted
Benoit Gaultier
4 months ago
Wonderfull. I am starting a Retrouve project. I need this. That's amazing. I am on Reaktor 5 though.
Colin Sinclair
4 months ago
amazing man... amazing
mike dancey
4 months ago
still doesnt seem to work thats a shame
James Peck
5 months ago
just wanted to share a tip with y'all... for extra goodness.. put the sample rate down to 22khz or lower!
Dan Kramer
5 months ago
Really Really well done! Love it
Ryan Johnson
5 months ago
great GUI, great sound! Very impressed!
mike dancey
5 months ago
Cheers James will definitely be giving this another look Nice one mate
Stefan Knauthe
5 months ago
Hi James, thanks for the credit. Really looking forward to check your Simulator out. Looks amazing...
Zak
5 months ago
Incredible effect. Your work is very high quality.
Aurélien Relave
5 months ago
Hi, Just tested this and it sound very good! One thing i've noticed when using it on insert is it introduce a huge amount of latency (Using FL) Is there anything to do for solving this?
bro minguez
5 months ago
Damn this is soo dope for being free
James Peck
6 months ago
mike dancey: of course it does! make sure you're loading the "FX" or "MFX" version of the Reaktor 6 plug-in, and also make sure you're fully updated
mike dancey
6 months ago
this sounds fricking awesome only downside doesnt work when using reaktor in daw?
steven margin
6 months ago
nevermind my last stupid question haha
steven margin
6 months ago
I'm not sure to understand why i hear the hum, noise and crackle things but the wav i input into it doesn't get affected... ?
Simon Holland
6 months ago
Amazingly versatile! Superb controllability!
Nounverber
6 months ago
Just threw it into an improvised track and I'm really impressed with it. At first I thought the noise was a bit overbearing, but when I reduce the effect in my DAW mixer I realized that I sounded better with it and it made me sad to hear it go bye bye. Definitely going to use this on an upcoming project. Sample Track: https://soundcloud.com/nounverbermusic/clearance-sale-everything-must-go/s-sZ4xN
Nounverber
6 months ago
So much vapors.
Jerold Daniels
6 months ago
Thanks for replying James! I tried the configure but yea the other parameters don't show up even when you move the control. Automation of all the parameters would be super coooool its really a great ensemble great work bro
James Peck
6 months ago
Hey Jerold. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. While you can add more parameters to ableton by clicking the "configure" button and moving a control in VHS, it seems not everything wants to show up
Jerold Daniels
6 months ago
this is great James awesome ensemble! Is there a way to automate all the different parameters? Using ableton only the parameters highlighted in green only show up for automation?
James Peck
6 months ago
thanks for making that brandon, very useful
Brandon Owings
6 months ago
i made a video demo of the presets, which others might be interested in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD_Tph4riHU the ensemble really does sound phenomenal. i couldn't think of a reason why it might be inappropriate to share it, but if there is one let me know and i'll take it down.
James Peck
6 months ago
hey jorge, first i've heard of a crash. does it happen in standalone as well? and is there a specific event or control that triggers the crash?
jorge isaac
6 months ago
crashing a lot in Logic Pro X 10.3.1 .. here too.. but Hey no worries ¡ excelent ensemble , will wait for the update ¡ thank very much for this great ensemble
James Peck
6 months ago
also you could do it in your daw. just duplicate the channel, and remove the effect on one.
James Peck
6 months ago
hey chris, would be an easy mod but i wouldn't recommend. you would open the ensemble and make a mixer/amp or add module. connect both the original input signal (dry) and the output of the vhs ensemble (wet). connect volume controls, or make one knob with reciprocating values for dry/wet.
Paule
6 months ago
Chris, Reaktor full is an open platform. If there is no element you desire built it in by yourself and save with a new name. That's all! It's no compiled vst.
Rydah
6 months ago
Actually, I read the description all over... Any way to get this accomplished on a per track basis since it isn't baked in? I want the sound it makes but it is a bit overpowering. I know i can turn things down but it doesn't really work if I do so. Thanks again!
Rydah
6 months ago
Any way you can update it with a wet/dry option? Or is this possible already and I'm blind? Thanks in advance and for such a nice addition to Reaktor (which I previously never used 'til now.)
Zdenek Kobr
6 months ago
@Aaron This is intended for Reactor 6, and Komplete 10 has Reactor 5. Is not that cause of yours problems? You probably have only Reactor 6 Player installed, which allows to use it in Demo for cca 20 minutes.
Andrew Madden
6 months ago
Easily one of the best ensembles on here. Excellent job James!!
Aaron Welch
6 months ago
Every time I try to open this in Logic pro 9 it crashes (other reaktor instruments/effects work fine) and when I try and open it in Reaktor 6 standalone, it asks for registration, and crashes unless put into demo mode. When Logic crashes, it briefly comes up with a similar thing. This is with the full, komplete 10 version of Reaktor, fully updated, anybody else having this issue?
Ng Mui
7 months ago
@chris Reaktor is not free tho 199,00 € don't forget that, or of course you might have another package but you certainly paid in some way to obtain Reaktor. Anyhow I can't even judge still only R5 here :P
chris mckeown
7 months ago
5 stars from me. If I'd known this would be released for free, I wouldn't have bothered buying U-He's Satin, or Izotopes Vinyl. This is awesome. The saturation is perfection, and just gives me such a great analogue quality. It works surprisingly well on sine tones, which is surprising. It gives them a nice dischordant feeling....aged and worn, like a broken music box. Throwing in the hi cut and low cut is awesome too. A work of genius James. Look out for it on "Carbinax" tracks as I'll be using this a lot
Ng Mui
7 months ago
I'm impressed since February 14, 2017, 72 votes and 5 star, 5.5k downloads WOW!
Chris Cap
7 months ago
OK, HAVING PROBLEMS? (PC) 1) Unzip the file after download. 2) Go to file folder "Reaktor Factory Library/Effects". 3) Copy the (vhs.ens) file or drag and drop it from Unzipped folder. That's it, your done!!! If you can't find the Reaktor Factory Library folder, It should be under "C: Drive/Users/Public/Public Documents/Reactor Factory Library/Effects". Cheers!!!
Sam Round
7 months ago
I haven't even used this yet, but I just know it's going to give me eargasms when draping it over various sounds in my productions!
troy brooks
7 months ago
Soooo Grud!
Danny Kane
7 months ago
I'm new to this do just download it?? where do put the item I've downloaded??
gary goldifnch
7 months ago
@Lord Henry: You don't without paying for the full version. It's a player for certain NI instruments (the supplied ensembles, Prism etc) but also a demo of the full Reaktor (which is what you need to play user library downloads like this). I think the demo expires after twenty minutes then goes back to demo mode as you've experienced.
Lord Henry
7 months ago
I just downloaded the free reaktor player but it keeps sending me into demo mode? How do I get the free reaktor player to just work without going into demo mode?
Lord Henry
7 months ago
I just downloaded
Jose Vallejos
7 months ago
THANKS!
James Peck
7 months ago
hey peter. i used version 6.0.4 so it needs at least that. make sure your plugin versions are also updated if you're using that (should be able to check what version they're on)
Peter Otto
7 months ago
Hey, so when I try to load it in reaktor 6, it says that it was saved with a newer version of reaktor, even though I have the latest update..? any help?
James Peck
7 months ago
TapeMate is awesome, thanks Stephen!
Stephen Reid
7 months ago
Looks great, and it's nice to see TapeMate being incorporated into other ensembles!
stuart hurst
7 months ago
this really is very nice..great work
Matthew Prince
7 months ago
Amazing!
Lewi Glenis
7 months ago
Awesome bro. Transports me back to the 80s!
Robert Reed
7 months ago
Thank you for this. I appreciate it. Works great.
Warren Allen Somerlot
7 months ago
holy wow!!! This is amazing work! Thanks SOOOO much (might even encourage me to save my pennies to finally get the K11 update ;P )
James Peck
7 months ago
thanks for the great feedback everyone. glad you like it. unfortunately, porting this down to reaktor 5 probably won't happen. it would have to be rebuilt from the ground up, and some of the components used are not available.
Jordan Cooper
7 months ago
For Reaktor 5? Please?
Micheal Beaulieu
7 months ago
dirty in such beautiful way,
Kris Ilic
7 months ago
Superb plugin! Gives things that wonderfull warped sound of a worn-down VHS tape. Reminds me of Saturday mornings as a kid. Love the design and simplicity of use too!
Keaton Stromberg
7 months ago
This is a fantastic plugin! Well designed. Simply load up the Reaktor FX plugin and drag & drop the .ens file!
Peter Otto
7 months ago
How do I install?
ANA JONES
7 months ago
Just like Dave Supplee...me too. No Bueno. Only the demo works with my Reaktor 6.11 Player. . Pretty cool from what I played with on the demo.
Dave Supplee
7 months ago
ah i see my problem, i have Reaktor player, not the full version.
Dave Supplee
7 months ago
upgraded to the latest version of reaktor 6 and the VHS.ens still makes a demo window pop up and stops working after 30 mins. i am sure i'm doing something wrong. is there a specific folder i need to put it in?
Toby Ryan
7 months ago
This is an amazing ensemble! My current favorite. Those preset names!
Matt Edwards
7 months ago
Thanks!
Rob Cosh
7 months ago
This is awesome. I love the patina this imparts on my tracks. Thanks!
Paule
7 months ago
Luciano, update Reaktor 6 to the newest version. It's 6.1.1
Luciano Liberati
7 months ago
I have reaktor 6 but I can't open it because it says the file was saved in reaktor 6.0.4??
Michael Parker
7 months ago
Love this - thank you for free DL!
Peter Razga
7 months ago
what a genius idea, the sound of vintage synths are so wonderful via VHS, thank you!!
edoardo ciceri
7 months ago
Fantastic, thanx U guyz!
Paule
7 months ago
Wow! Two days on the road and 1200 downloads but 26 voting only.
Gary Cameron
7 months ago
Superb.
Jayden Richards
7 months ago
Amazing! Thank you!
Jack Sterbis
7 months ago
Thank you!
Matias Monteagudo
7 months ago
Just in time for my retro video game music works.
Matthias Krenn
7 months ago
cool thanks ;)
James Peck
7 months ago
Matthias, you would need to load the Reaktor 6 FX/MFX plugin into ableton, then load this ensemble within.
Matthias Krenn
7 months ago
How do I use it in Live though?
Alexander Kourelis
7 months ago
I love the look, can't wait to use it and compare to the RC-20 plugin tape effect!
Dado Simic
7 months ago
Wonderful!
Torsten Kablau
7 months ago
Phantastic. Great work. Thanks
renoizer jerome
7 months ago
Wow ! it's a very great tool ! Thanks
Patrick Mix
7 months ago
arhhhh, anyway we can get this to work for Reaktor 5? I know, horrible request.
Dieter Zobel
7 months ago
great, thanks
Purple Jewlez
7 months ago
this might be the most feature packed ens ive ever seen
Mesuma
7 months ago
Brilliant, man. Been searching for a replacement to Sonitex since I converted to Mac and this is it. Superb.
Arnaud Noble
7 months ago
Awesome work dude !
brice beasley
7 months ago
A pizza party for my mix bus. Great work!
Brandon Owings
7 months ago
this is beautiful. thank you so much for sharing it. it sounds fantastic, and just as important, it captures the aesthetic better than any other plugin or chain i've tried. i'm so impressed.
James Peck
7 months ago
thanks Byte Chop. That's Jonathan Tremblay's work. Check it out here: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/reaktor-community/reaktor-user-library/entry/show/10401/
Bytechop
7 months ago
thanks for this nice fx, the mic seems to be a cool convolution engine, will investiagte it a bit more. keep up the good work!
Jonathan Tremblay
7 months ago
Absolute dream playing with my guitar! A must have effect for even the cleanest signals.
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