Denise audio has released an update to the Bad Tape “tape harming” effect for Windows and Mac.

Version 2.0 comes with a resizable interface with updated icons and dials, and you can now control dial values more precisely when holding shift. When a dial is not effecting signal chain, it’s greyed out for clarity. The update also includes various small bug fixes.

Combining a good old vintage tape sound with harming features makes the Bad Tape a very creative and versatile tool. Want an “out of tune and off the grid” beat or a wonky drum groove? Just keep the detune button pressed and it will create a tape-stop in real time. Press it shortly for slight slow-downs and speed-ups, or use wow and shake to make it go in and out of tune and go off-grid periodically. Use the mix knob to create tracks that are heavily saturated and detuned, with additional interesting tape artifacts like hiss, squeal and harm.

The Bad Tape can be used to colour and detune your whole track, or it can be applied to just one bar at the end of a section to help introduce some variation and lead in the next section of your song.

Bad Tape supports VST/VST3, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac (64-bit only). The plugin is available from Denise and distributor Plugin Boutique, priced 39 EUR.