Add VHS Tape Noise and Flutter With This Free Reaktor Effect

The VHS Degradation Suite for Reaktor 6 is an incredible suite of audio effects that helps add authentic VHS tape-style imperfections to your music. It's free and well worth checking out.  

James Peck has created a new multi-effect for Native Instruments Reaktor that combes saturation, pitch modulation and noise, "to emulate the imperfections of VHS tape".  You can download VHS Audio Degradation Suite for Reaktor 6 direct from the Native Instruments Reaktor User Library. It's free, of course. 

The 3 audio demos for VHS Audio Degradation Suite are well worth listening to (only available on the Reaktor User Library site. 

VHS Audio Degradation Suite

VHS Audio Degradation Suite GUI.

Here's the main spec/features of VHS Audio Degradation Suite:

DSP Overview
Input > Chorus > Mic Emulation > Preamp > Slew Limiter > Compressor > 2-Band Saturator > LPF > Wow/Flutter > Noise > Wow/Flutter > Output

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.

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

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.

Controls: HiCut
To control the high cut of the signal. 4-Pole Lowpass filter.

Controls: Warp, RPM, Shape, Flutter, Hz
Emulate the tracking and speed imperfections. From “Simpler Vintape”

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.

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.

Controls: Mono On/Off
Option to sum to mono

-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

Listen to the demo and download the Reaktor 6  VHS Audio Degradation Suite via the link below.




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