THEPHONOLOOP launches Tapes: Synths.01

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Tapes: Synths.01 a Library for Kontakt

Tapes: Synths.01 is the first instrument in the Tapes series. The Kontakt library focuses on synth sounds and sound synthesis in overall.

The sound sources were created using various hardware and software synthesizers and effects – from digital FM and physical modeling synths to analog (and digital) eurorack modules.

Due to the fact that everything was recorded either on tape, cassette, microcassette or cassette tape loops it excels in creating lofi, warm sounds, but not all decks used in Tapes are wonky – plus most of the significant settings can be modulated, so it’s also a nice tool for creating modern, even cinematic sounds.

THEPHONOLOOP idea for Tapes was born from a desire to try something a little different than their previous releases, something more experimental (but still useful) and bigger, with great sound design possibilities.

Tapes: Synths.01 Features

  • Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 (or higher) required – not compatible with Kontakt Player
  • 17,15 GB of samples (WAV 24-bit, uncompressed), 13,66 GB after lossless Kontakt compression (8312 samples in total)
  • 285 sound sources
  • 239 presets
  • Samples recorded using 13 different decks
  • 34 noise samples
  • Warm sound with lots of little imperfections
  • Convolution Reverb with custom impulses (spring, hall, corridor, short, digital, delay, metal)
  • Lots of sound design options
  • 4 sequencers for parameters modulation
  • Swarm mode
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Tapes: Synths.01 The Interface

THEPHONOLOOP wanted to record everything on tape, but at the same time avoid creating just a bigger version of their Cassette series and also because of how great and inspiring are the tape slicing composition techniques from the past (or today’s cassette tape loop music) THEPHONOLOOP decided that Tapes should be inspired by these to a greater or lesser extent – especially the sound sources.

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Tapes can be many things – you could use it as your main lead or harmony instrument like keys or pads. It also works great as a bass or texture instrument or even an fx generator and that’s because of its wide array of available sound sources, flexible engine and the possible modulation routings. The truth is that these days many instruments have features like this – so, what makes Tapes stand out? THEPHONOLOOP thinks that it’s down to the sound sources – just how easy and fast you can come up with something inspiring and useful. THEPHONOLOOP spent several months creating those – experimenting, recording, fine-tuning – just making sure that it’ll be a pleasure to work with.


Tapes: Synths.01 is available now and kicking off the Tapes series developed by THEPHONOLOOP

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