VHS Audio Degradation Suite

VHS Tape Noise and Flutter Simulator

(158 Votes)
James Peck
1.1 (Updated 1 year 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  (138)

Nick Maxwell
3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for this. I've been looking for a Mac-friendly replacement for Sonitex STX-1260 (my favorite plugin of all time) and I've finally found it. Honestly, this is amazing.
martin preston
1 month ago
Amazing sound. Captures that 80s feel. My only gripe is that it's not tight so I stick it on the beat and there's a slight delay. On none percussive instruments this wouldn't be an issue.
1 month ago
Six month ago I bought RC-20 retro color to get all lo-fi things in one box. But I found this beauty with Tape Mate and Scream 4 More ensembles in tube mode can do much more, sound 10 times better and free at all. Big thanks for your work, James!
David Siah
3 months ago
The preset names are amazing -- especially the long ones
Richard Stowe
3 months ago
OMG the preset names! This is perfect for giving that gOlden touch for synthwave
Alex Dobson
4 months ago
Has anyone figured out how to get through the demo thing? I have Reaktor 6, full version, activated, but this specific .ens only runs in demo mode.
erstziop fgklö
5 months ago
Having huge problems with this Plug-In and PDC in both Logic Pro X 10.4.1 & Ableton 10.0.2 Any fix for this?
Eric Evrhart
6 months ago
Hey James! This is awesome!!! Do you need full Reaktor or can it run in Reaktor player?
jace cavacini
6 months ago
i have zero problems using this ensemble in Reaktor 6. Not sure what these guys below are experiencing. Sounds like they don't have Reaktor authorized...
fryderyk jaron
7 months ago
Only runs in demo mode. Reinstalling Reaktor does not help.
Robert Smith
7 months ago
Ok.I have figured out how to load this plug in and use it with Reaktor 6 but how to I get out of "30 min Demo" mode? I already have Reaktor 6 installed and updated via Native Access so there isn't anything else that it will allow me to do on that end.
Robert Smith
7 months ago
Could anyone explain how to properly install this plug in once it is downloaded. There are bits and pieces of information scattered throughout the comments but not enough to put this all together to make sense. I do have Reaktor 6 but I can't get the Plug in to do anything when it opens. Is there a knowledge base dedicated to this plug in?
David Lowdermilk
7 months ago
I do own Reaktor 6 but when i try to install this plugin, i click activate and (do you want to allow this plugin to make changes to your computer)? YES!!!!! Native Access opens up and then NOTHING happens. JEEEEZ.
7 months ago
how do you buy this? i can only use it for 30 minutes and i go to buy it and it says i have to buy Reaktor 6 for $200 even though I already have it? it told me to login to get a cheaper price and it dropped it to $150 BUT I ALREADY OWN IT. I just want this plug in. please help.
Tommy Robin
7 months ago
I've tried dragging this into Reaktor and it says "Not valid reactor file" Am I doing something wrong?
James Peck
7 months ago
Hey Thomas, that .ens file is meant to be loaded within the Reaktor FX VST. If you do not own Reaktor, you can purchase or download a demo from Native Instruments.
Thomas Kevin
7 months ago
The download gives me a .ens file. Not sure how to use that.
Oliver Donath
7 months ago
David Lowdermilk 1 day ago the reaktor 6 not the plug
David Lowdermilk
7 months ago
I don't understand... it says free, but only for 30 minutes? Then buy it for $99 ? Wtf? Free or Not????
DD'A
7 months ago
super creative! Thanks a lot for this!
Askal
7 months ago
One thing though: when i want to automate the modifications in Logic i have only access to half of the controls (PreAmp, Wow&Flutter, Noise Volume). On the other hand i have also access to a lot of functions which are not accessible via plugin (Noise:Select, N:Start, N:LoopLen , N:Pitch, N: LoopStrt, N: Button) Would be even more awesome if all of the functions were accessible via automation. Thanks for a terrific job anyhow, Askal!
Askal
7 months ago
Thanks a lot, this is hillarious!
Jan Retroboy
7 months ago
Wow! Man that is just excatly what I need!!! Lo-fi techno/house from cassete ?? :) thanks a lot man.. Wonderfull interface. Great for looking. ---Retroboy64---
Marlon Garcia
8 months ago
I downloaded the fx but, currently I'm using 6.2.1 versión of the reaktor player and when I am trying to open the fx file, it sends an error, saying that it was made or writen in the versión 6.1, and now i cant use it. Help please, is there any update to use it on the versión of reaktor player I am using?
Fred Roberts
8 months ago
I can't seem to update Reaktor 6.0 to 6.1 and when I try to open this file it won't because v1.1 was made on Reaktor 6.1 :( any chance I could get v1.0 from someone/the creator so I can use this? Cheers
Jason Acuna
9 months ago
One of the greatest effects ever created in Reaktor. THANK YOU!!!
sean carlson
9 months ago
I am new to Reaktor, how do I open this in it??
Luc Podevin
9 months ago
Really awesome ! Give another color to the sound !
Alius 1
11 months ago
I really like the different tones that this plugin brings from the example. How can I get this file to open in FL? Can you create and vst for this plugin ...please?
Federico Giraldo
11 months ago
Thanks a lot
BENJAMIN PARKER
1 year ago
Love this effect.
fadoliuem fadoliuem
1 year ago
Thank you :) Extracts make it possible to understand the usefulness of this effect.
Miroslaw Sienkiewicz
1 year ago
Awesome! Thanks :)
Daniel Miclos
1 year ago
Great!
Remco Platteel
1 year ago
Love it ! Thank you Sir !
1 year ago
Great effect. Thx for creating it James.
Dan Grain
1 year ago
Super!!! Thanks a million
Seoy Ra̱leng
1 year ago
thanks a lot
Garrett Bean
1 year ago
A must have for a LoFi production! Thank you!!
Linas Maknys
1 year ago
This is great! It sounds great, it looks great, and i enjoyed the demo music too hehe :)
elliot canter
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
>>"for extra goodness.. put the sample rate down to 22khz or lower!"
James Peck
1 year ago
@mike dancey... send me an email memorecks@gmail.com lets get u sorted
Benoit Gaultier
1 year ago
Wonderfull. I am starting a Retrouve project. I need this. That's amazing. I am on Reaktor 5 though.
Colin Sinclair
1 year ago
amazing man... amazing
mike dancey
1 year ago
still doesnt seem to work thats a shame
James Peck
1 year ago
just wanted to share a tip with y'all... for extra goodness.. put the sample rate down to 22khz or lower!
Dan Kramer
1 year ago
Really Really well done! Love it
Ryan Johnson
1 year ago
great GUI, great sound! Very impressed!
mike dancey
1 year ago
Cheers James will definitely be giving this another look Nice one mate
Stefan Knauthe
1 year ago
Hi James, thanks for the credit. Really looking forward to check your Simulator out. Looks amazing...
Zach S
1 year ago
Incredible effect. Your work is very high quality.
Aurélien Relave
1 year 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
1 year ago
Damn this is soo dope for being free
James Peck
1 year 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
1 year ago
this sounds fricking awesome only downside doesnt work when using reaktor in daw?
steven margin
1 year ago
nevermind my last stupid question haha
steven margin
1 year 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
1 year ago
Amazingly versatile! Superb controllability!
Nounverber
1 year 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
1 year ago
So much vapors.
Jerold Daniels
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
thanks for making that brandon, very useful
Brandon Owings
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
also you could do it in your daw. just duplicate the channel, and remove the effect on one.
James Peck
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Easily one of the best ensembles on here. Excellent job James!!
Aaron Welch
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
I'm impressed since February 14, 2017, 72 votes and 5 star, 5.5k downloads WOW!
Chris Cap
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Soooo Grud!
Danny Kane
1 year ago
I'm new to this do just download it?? where do put the item I've downloaded??
gary goldifnch
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
I just downloaded
Jose Vallejos
1 year ago
THANKS!
James Peck
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
TapeMate is awesome, thanks Stephen!
Stephen Reid
1 year ago
Looks great, and it's nice to see TapeMate being incorporated into other ensembles!
stuart hurst
1 year ago
this really is very nice..great work
Matthew Prince
1 year ago
Amazing!
Lewi Glenis
1 year ago
Awesome bro. Transports me back to the 80s!
Robert Reed
1 year ago
Thank you for this. I appreciate it. Works great.
Warren Allen Somerlot
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
For Reaktor 5? Please?
Micheal Beaulieu
1 year ago
dirty in such beautiful way,
Kris Ilic
1 year 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
1 year ago
This is a fantastic plugin! Well designed. Simply load up the Reaktor FX plugin and drag & drop the .ens file!
Peter Otto
1 year ago
How do I install?
ANA JONES
1 year 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
1 year ago
ah i see my problem, i have Reaktor player, not the full version.
Dave Supplee
1 year 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
1 year ago
This is an amazing ensemble! My current favorite. Those preset names!
Matt Edwards
1 year ago
Thanks!
Rob Cosh
1 year ago
This is awesome. I love the patina this imparts on my tracks. Thanks!
Paule
1 year ago
Luciano, update Reaktor 6 to the newest version. It's 6.1.1
Luciano Liberati
1 year 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
1 year ago
Love this - thank you for free DL!
Peter Razga
1 year ago
what a genius idea, the sound of vintage synths are so wonderful via VHS, thank you!!
edoardo ciceri
1 year ago
Fantastic, thanx U guyz!
Paule
1 year ago
Wow! Two days on the road and 1200 downloads but 26 voting only.
Gary Cameron
1 year ago
Superb.
Jayden Richards
1 year ago
Amazing! Thank you!
Jack Sterbis
1 year ago
Thank you!
Matias Monteagudo
1 year ago
Just in time for my retro video game music works.
Matthias Krenn
1 year ago
cool thanks ;)
James Peck
1 year ago
Matthias, you would need to load the Reaktor 6 FX/MFX plugin into ableton, then load this ensemble within.
Matthias Krenn
1 year ago
How do I use it in Live though?
Alexander Kourelis
1 year ago
I love the look, can't wait to use it and compare to the RC-20 plugin tape effect!
Dado Simic
1 year ago
Wonderful!
Torsten Kablau
1 year ago
Phantastic. Great work. Thanks
renoizer jerome
1 year ago
Wow ! it's a very great tool ! Thanks
Patrick Mix
1 year ago
arhhhh, anyway we can get this to work for Reaktor 5? I know, horrible request.
Dieter Zobel
1 year ago
great, thanks
Purple Jewlez
1 year ago
this might be the most feature packed ens ive ever seen
G Hamilton
1 year ago
Brilliant, man. Been searching for a replacement to Sonitex since I converted to Mac and this is it. Superb.
Arnaud Noble
1 year ago
Awesome work dude !
brice beasley
1 year ago
A pizza party for my mix bus. Great work!
Brandon Owings
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Absolute dream playing with my guitar! A must have effect for even the cleanest signals.
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