Take any beat, sound, or project, and instantly inject beautiful nostalgic flavor and endless vibes.
Pitchy flutters, subtle distortion, warm saturation, velvety smooth filtered sounds; Tape MELLO-FI captures the uniquely imperfect behavior of tape in perfect detail, distilled into a single plugin that you’ll always come back to.
One-stop lo-fi toolkit
With a simple interface that’s straight out of a classic studio, Tape MELLO-FI provides all your lo-fi needs within seconds, from subtle analog fatness to dizzy pitch flutters. Lush, fat, and crunchy, all-in-one.
Vibes for any instrument
Whether you want to make your keys & pads shine, give your vocals depth, or saturate your whole mix vintage-style, Tape MELLO-FI delivers. Use it on any track or project and let the chill commence.
Retro tape warmth
Tape MELLO-FI isn’t just a one-trick lo-fi pony. Use its vintage preamp, built-in low-pass & high-pass filters, and subtle tape noise to breathe old-school life and magic studio mojo into your projects.
This vintage-flavor plugin has been tailored to modern producers’ needs. From gritty distortion, to instant-response tape behavior, to the super-satisfying stereo widener, this tape machine is right up to speed.
an authentic tape plugin
Tape used to be the default way to record audio, degrading with every playback in a way that’s become synonymous with its sound.
Now producers, beat-makers, and sound designers actively search for that crunchy, noisy, imperfect sound to give their production character and attitude. With Tape MELLO-FI, that search is over.
Inspired by iconic tape-based instruments that truly pioneered ‘that’ sound, this plugin is expertly-engineered to not just sound like tape; it behaves like tape too. From the uncanny wows and flutters, to a tape wheel that you can actually click on and interact with, Tape MELLO-FI gives you the bold, unmistakably aged character of a worn out magnetic tape right in your DAW.
a closer look
This feature-packed tape emulator has plenty of sonic tricks up its sleeve. Here’s a more in-depth look at its interface and the features that make it stand out from the crowd.
Tape MELLO-FI strips away any limitations and swaps them for enhancements that are essential to a modern production workflow. From its crispy built-in distortion to the larger-than-life stereo widener, your lo-fi prayers have been answered.
Apply distortion with the Drive control, boost the signal going into the preamp section with the dedicated switch for subtle crunchy clipping, alter the shape and color of your tape’s sound with Tone, and of course introduce that much-loved grain texture with the essential Noise control.
Replicate the gradual slow-down behavior of stopping tape playback, but with tempo-sync options ranging from 8 bars to a 1/4 bar. You can even click on the spinning reel for glitchy real-time tape effects.
Customize the character of your tape reel to taste. Flutter and Wow introduce fast and slow pitch fluctuations respectively, while Wear simulates the sound of degraded tape. The Mechanics control even brings in some actual mechanical noise for that retro machine vibe.
Tilt this control left to introduce a rich 12dB low-pass filter, or tilt it to the right for a crisp 12dB high-pass, giving you just the right amount of sound-shaping flexibility. Ideal for a quick mix fix or a sweeping creative effect.
of the Mellotron
The Mellotron, introduced in 1963, was a keyboard that had a tape playback mechanism under every key. Tape MELLO-FI’s sound and behavior is inspired by Mellotron V, our software recreation of this legendary instrument.
The original Mellotron’s tape-based functionality put orchestral sounds into the hands of keyboardists in a way that was previously unthinkable. This functionality revolutionized music as we know it, and its influence is still felt to this day.
The combination of tape reels, analog circuitry, and aging over time gave the Mellotron a distinct sound. Fluttering, grainy, compressed; these qualities have become an endearing part of the ‘Tron sound. Now they’re yours to use on whatever sound you want.
Drummer/Nine Inch NailsTape MELLO-FI lets you put anything into the mellotron world as subtly or aggressively as you'd like. The Drive and Tone controls are fantastic, the tape controls are as soothing or seasick sounding as possible. Tape MELLO-Fi is simple and perfect.
Dua Lipa / Kendrick LamarLove this! You can give anything that same classic character as a mellotron! Great on vocal pads.
Producer / Engineer (Culture Club / Beach Boys)A stunning lo-fi effect can be achieved with this lovely plugin in. The Mellotron effect gets the classic “wow” and tape saturation sound.
Dada LifeDamn, it's good, it's really good! I've always had a hard time finding something for my high strings to make them sound "real" and not just a high-pitched string. It's crucial to have them sit and feel alive in the mix, well done Arturia!
Mix EngineerThis thing is just pure vibe. Bend it, wobble it, or just give it a lovely old fashioned warmth.
Songwriter / ProducerI love how you can push the plugin to the extreme and use it as a purely creative tool as well as something to enhance and process the sound source
& tape presets
When we say ‘in a few clicks’, we mean it.
When you’re in your flow, you need instant results - that’s why Tape MELLO-FI has every flavor of lo-fi and retro lusciousness inside.
Melancholy Pigments keys become enhanced with the "Wide Wow" preset using Stereo Width, mechanical noise and flutter to add a lo-fi grain and dramatic effect.
Gritty Synth Disto
Funky bass loop with a clean character gets amped up with the "Gritty Synth Disto" preset.
Smooth piano sample gets transformed by flutter, noise and mechanical noise - stemming from the first preset "Lo-Fi Quiver".
Effects you'll actually use
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True Analog Emulation
TAE® "True Analog Emulation" is Arturia's exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence.
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- Authentic tape emulator & lo-fi effect based on Mellotron V’s vintage sound & behavior
- Includes classic tape controls like Noise, Flutter, Wow, Wear, and Mechanics
- Introduces useful features like Distortion and Boost
- Interactive tape wheel with tempo-synchronized Tape Stop feature and optional Instant Tape Catch-up
- 12dB low-pass and high-pass filter section
- Enhanced Stereo Width feature introduces offsets to Wow & Flutter from left to right for an extra-wide sound
- Curated 25-preset library for instant-access to retro & lo-fi effects
- Apple M1 compatible
- Win 10+ (64bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- ARM processors not supported on Windows
- VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
- Mac OS 10.13+
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
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