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Portatron Tape Synthesizer

Get all the mojo from a 4-track cassette recorder, right in your project! From the instant lofi sound with tape saturation, noise and wobble, to breathing new life into your samples!

Play tape loops that either follow your DAW’s transport, or play them like a monophonic Mellotron from your keyboard. Build a complete soundscape by mixing four tracks with the built-in EQ, delay and reverb.

Full lofi control

We have carefully modeled and recreated the cassette sound, giving you full control over individual aspects like Tape Speed, Noise, Dropouts, Wobble and start/stop Lag. Switch between Normal or Chrome tape for different noise types and frequency response. And pushing Drive on a track recreates the saturation and compression you get when recording a signal hot to tape.

Layer your samples

Build tape loops by combining your favorite samples in new ways, or use one of the hundreds of samples included in the sound Library as a starting point. We recorded a bunch of instruments like piano, vibraphone, vocals, and synths, and also included stuff like hydrophones and shortwave radio. With the same wobble and other tape effects across all tracks, the samples gel together creating a unique sound.

Drone, looper, or instrument

Portatron can be played in many ways. You can let it play along with your DAW transport, instantly creating a drone to your project. By letting it restart on each, second, or fourth bar creates a semi-synced loop which works great for ambient samples. Or just play it like a 4-track monophonic Mellotron from your MIDI keyboard, which works great for quirky leads with vocal samples.

Specification

  • Four tracks of sample playback
  • Library Sound Bank with patches and samples included
  • Realistic lofi tape sound with
    • Noise
    • Dropouts
    • Wobble
    • Normal/Chrome setting
  • Tape Speed from 0-200%
  • Delay and Reverb Send Effects
  • Drive, EQ, Level and Pan on each track
  • Tape Editor with resize, move, repeat and reverse of samples
  • 3 Locators
  • Return To Zero (RTZ)
  • Auto-RTZ on Key
  • Auto-RTZ every 1, 2, or 4 bars
  • VST3, AU and AAX formats


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Product highlights

  • 4 tracks
  • Drone, Loop, or Instrument
  • Full lofi control
  • Built-in FX

Demo

The demo is functional for 20 minutes. You can save but not load patches from disk.

Audio demos

Robotic Bean · Portatron Demo Songs

System Requirements

  • VST3, AU or AAX host
  • 64bit Windows or Mac system
  • 500MB disk space
  • Pro Tools 11.3 or later required for the AAX version