Bad Tape offers producers a quick, simple way to envelop their tracks and mixes in the imperfect crackle, warmth, warble, and hiss of analog tape.
With Bad Tape being one of our most beloved plugins, we felt it deserved a fully featured followup. Bad Tape 2 takes the original’s lauded reel-to-reel emulation, gives you complete mastery over the behavior of its imperfections, and piles on some additional effects you can use to further modulate, stretch, distort, and excite your productions.
With Bad Tape 2’s sidechain option, you can manipulate its effects and settings using an external audio source as a trigger. Make a kick drum detune your synth bass with every hit. Smudge your guitars into a sonic smear using a vocal to slow down their playback speed. Use a percussion track to turn Bad Tape 2’s Hiss and Harm effects into a polyrhythmic glitchfest. The degree to which your source audio impacts the plugin’s effects can be set individually, giving you endless ways to creatively trash your tracks.
Bad Tape 2 also incorporates the Push-Pull technology from our God Mode, Dragon Fire, and Bite Harder plugins, so you can saturate the frequency ranges of your choice without changing the fundamentals or amplitude of your sound. Want to give the crack of your snare drum a nostalgic glow up without muddying your mix by distorting sub frequencies along with it? Bad Tape 2’s dynamic Push-Pull graph lets you selectively apply devastating degradation right where you want it.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Bad Tape 2 also allows you to individually control the rewind and recover times of its detune effect. You can sync the parameter to your DAW’s BPM to create organic, in-time oddities or work totally off the grid to throw convention out the window. Break free from the limitations of other tape emulation plugins and shape your sound your way.
"I’ve had a play around with Bad Tape on a bunch of sources and I have to say, it’s pretty great. From crunching up the drum bus, through adding some retro wobble to a synth line, to nicely warming up a master… it does a nice job on all of it with very little effort."
"Bad Tape from Denise Audio may seem fairly innocent upon first glance, with a friendly, simplistic looking interface. Make no mistake, though, this little plug-in can be seriously destructive."
"This is not a typical tape stop effect, this is something unique. You've just got to hear it."
“When I'm producing, I love what the colour dial on the Bad Tape can do for enhancing vocals. I also like dialing in other effects like a little bit of saturation to add warmth and depth.”
Windows: Windows 10 or newer (64-bit)
Mac: macOS 10.11 or newer (64-bit) including native Apple Silicon
Plugin Formats: VST, VST3, AU, AAX (64-bit only)