Softube’s Dirty Tape plug-in gives you lo-fi modulation and distortion – and it’s free for a week

The plug-in is touted as a quick and painless way to give your beats some analogue flavour.

Softube Dirty Tape

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Softube aims to deliver “instant lo-fi modulation and distortion” with its latest plug-in, Dirty Tape – and just for this week, it’s free to download.

Dirty Tape is described as ideal for samples, instruments and beat making, introducing grimy distortion and tape saturation to liven up your productions. It’s designed to be quick-to-use, too, with just a few controls to learn and dial in your ideal tone.

The two main knobs, Drive and Dirt, let you apply more distortion and tape flutter, respectively to your signal. Aside from that, there’s also two stereo modes to choose from (De-coupled and Normal), as well as an onboard low-cut filter and output volume control.

Softube had this to say about the plug-in: “As soon as Dirty Tape is loaded, it imbues a track with warm, analogue vibes. Dirty Tape can add grimy distortion and saturation or understated texture and movement to a sound. Like a filter for a photograph, Dirty Tape takes a track from flat to full colour in seconds.”

Dirty Tape is complimentary for all to download from 25 to 31 January. At press time, the brand hasn’t revealed what the plug-in’s future pricing will be – but if you’re reading this before February 2022, that means you can run over to their website and pick up a free copy.

The plug-in follows on from Softube’s Tape Echoes plug-in, sporting a similar GUI and using the same Dirt and Drive sections. In our review of Tape Echoes, we said: “It can gently lift a source in a mix, and it can take the foreground in a heavy dub style. It can do set-and-forget, and you can tweak it endlessly as an instrument in its own right. It’ll even turn out a sweet, clean echo like a newly calibrated machine with fresh tape, even though you’ll probably come along later and start turning up the dirt”

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