Cassette Plucks - Creative Plucked Sounds from ThePhonoLoop
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Cassette Plucks

Version: Kontakt 5.6.6 / NCW / V1.1

Physical modeling, subtractive synthesis and sampling


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Product Overview

Cassette Plucks.01 is a mixture of physical modeling, some subtractive synthesis and sampling. It contains two different pluck instruments with an oriental vibe - both designed from the ground up. Because of all the care that was put into making of every layer and the magic touch of old cassette recorders Cassette Plucks.01 is another lofi & tasty sounding collection.

Both instruments were recorded in range of 5 octaves, with 4 dynamic layers using 2 different cassette decks. Overall there are 979 samples - 244 samples per deck, plus 2 noise samples from each deck (1,32 GB of uncompressed 24-bit WAV files).

Version 1.1 Update:

What’s fixed?

Amplitude envelope in reverse groups is now correctly synced when changing sound / deck, previously this could have caused only the noise to be heard in the reverse mode


  • I created some snapshots in the previous version, are those compatible with the new version?

Sure thing, here’s how to copy and update your old snapshots:

Locate the old snapshots folder, to do this open the old instrument, click on the little wrench icon, then click on the “Instrument Options”, then click on “Snapshot” tab and click on the “Show” button.
Do the same thing for the new version to open its snapshot folder.
Copy your snapshots to new version snapshots folder.
Open every snapshot in the new instrument and reload the sound, to do this just choose the same sound / deck from the “WAVEFORM” menu in the “SOURCE” section and then re-save the snapshot (you can overwrite it).

It’s all showed in this short video:

  • What’s gonna happen with my projects containing older version of the instrument?

Nothing because the new version is a separate nki instrument.

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Every note has been carefully denoised with a high quality algorithm to avoid noise stacking when playing more than one note (there’s still some noise left in the samples to avoid denonising artifacts). Noise can still be added with the noise knob - it’s much more flexible this way and allows the ability to adjust the volume of the noise independently whilst also applying parameters such as filtering. It also creates a more realistic sound, so when playing a five voice chord, only one sample of noise instead of five stacked on top of each other will be heard.

  • Sound 01 deck A MONO - dark, wooden sound - neutral cassette sound

  • Sound 01 deck B MONO - dark, wooden sound - lower quality, loose drive belt introduces a lot of pitch instability

  • Sound 02 deck A MONO - bright, metallic, more aggressive sound - neutral cassette sound

  • Sound 02 deck B MONO - bright, metallic, more aggressive sound - lower quality, loose drive belt introduces a lot of pitch instability


Custom impulse responses in Kontakt version

Kontakt version contains custom impulses (4 spring impulses, 4 hall impulses & 3 corridor impulses), along with a choice of whether you want it to be placed pre or post insert effects - same thing goes for the delay.

Useful and fun production tool

If you like vintage sounds and you're looking for something to enhance your production toolbox, then this product will be for you.

Simulated Round Robin

Makes faster note passages sound more realistic and adds to the overall nonlinearity of the instrument - available in Kontakt and SFZ versions only.

Variety of sounds

Aside from the sound of a cassette record with this instrument you can easily create some weird sounds and there are already quite a few presets included to get you started (Kontakt & Ableton Live versions only).

Main Features:

  • Available in multiple popular formats: Kontakt 5, Ableton Live 9, Logic, SFZ & Multiformat
  • 1,32 GB of uncompressed 24-bit WAV samples (979 samples in total)
  • Recorded on 2 different decks
  • Simulated round-robin in Kontakt and SFZ versions
  • 2 instruments
  • 2 noise samples (each around 2 minutes long)
  • 4 dynamic layers
  • Organic sound with lots of little imperfections


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Now this is interesting. Lo-fi Oldschool Chinese or oriental sounds. Really cool sounds!

Michael Wiedmer

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