SketchCassette II offers cheap tape sound effects and lo-fi warbling to bring a different sound to your music.
SketchCassette II
5/5

we say 5 out of 5

SketchCassette II Review

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

We take a look at the new multi-effect plugin from the folk at Aberrant DSP in our SketchCassette II Review. SketchCassette II offers cheap tape sounds and lo-fi effects.

So at the time of writing this review, the latest version of SketchCassette II is version 2.1. As part of the installation options the ability to install earlier versions is there too, with version 1 available. For this SketchCassette II Review I’m using version 2.1 and Bitwig Studio 3.3.8.

Installation of SketchCassette II

I like a nice simple install, and this is certainly a simple install. Options for an AAX or VST3 install are there to choose from, my preferred option is VST3 and away we go. Fire up Bitwig and an auto scan of the plugin folder gives me SketchCassette II to start dropping on my tracks.

What’s it all about?

A little digging round in preparation for my SketchCassette II review offered up the general consensus that this plugin is for adding lo-fi and tape noise or hiss to tracks. The idea behind this as stated by the plugin developers – Aberrant DSP – is “Cassette Inspired Degradation”.

Gritty tape warbling and analogue style noise and destruction is what all this is for. Not everybody’s cup of tea but it certainly is mine. I’ve had my fair share of experimenting with tape and noise (see my tape loop noise sampler using a Roland JD-Xi video) and so I really feel at home with this type of sound.

Let’s press play on our SketchCassette II Review

Initial overview of SketchCassette II

SketchCassette II has a really unique interface, literally a sketch of a tape and loads of features which can be found in places we’d expect to see them.

 

Hover over the orange dots to explore the features:
Sketchcassette Ii Review Hotspot Image

Various presets including Classic tape, lo-fi and saturation variations.

1 of 4

The “Age” option determines how warped and worn the tape sound is.

2 of 4

Monitor the input and output of the signal through the plugin.

3 of 4

Various options to experiment with to change the options within the effect.

4 of 4

There are plenty of presets to choose from and they offer a wide variety of choice including:

  • Old tape machines
  • Saturation models
  • Experimental modes
  • Flutter
  • Chorus modes
  • Distortion amps

So there is certainly a good amount to help you get started.

A key player in SketchCassette II is the ability to vary the types of tape that are used when signal is passed through the plugin. From cheap audio cassettes to Type V CDX tapes, no detail has been overlooked when adding a variety of options to expand the realism of the plugin.

How does it all sound?

For the SketchCassette II review I experimented with a vocal sample and passed it through the plugin.

I tested a number of different plugin presets and was surprised to experience how many varieties of “tape” and “old sounding” audio were possible.

There are certainly some settings which may need headphones to determine the difference between as they were subtle, however the difference can be noted when tweaking values within the plugin main section.

When will I use this?

I can see me using this plugin on a number of areas of a mix, however I think for my style of music I will use it mainly on vocals. The nature of my electronic style sometimes limits me when it comes to “ageing” tracks, however many genres will certainly benefit from this plugin.

I can see it being quite at home in hip-hop, pop and synthwave styles. Anything which may want to take inspiration from the 80’s and 90’s sounds will hugely benefit from this plugin.

Final Thoughts

This is a great plugin at a great price. For those producers who want to experiment with a vintage sound in their mixes, this is the toy to use. It is priced right, and only for a little extra you get the ShapeShifter plugin too as part of a bundle. A worthy investment and will not disappoint. An easy 5 stars.

Features
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
SketchCassette II
5/5

We rated it 5 out of 5

Get Creative...

More Posts...

wavesfactory cassette review at parttimeproducer.com
Reviews

Get Creative With Our Wavesfactory Cassette Review

Are you looking to get a more lo-fi sound to your mix? Or want to get that retro vibe sound from the 80’s on a …

Read More →
Max for Live Essentials – Sound Generation
Tutorials and Courses

Max for Live Essentials – Sound Generation

Max for Live Essentials – Sound Generation The devices within the Max for Live Essentials Pack are incredibly powerful. A lot of these devices offer …

Read More →
Learn your new Maschine MK3
Tutorials and Courses

Learn your new Maschine MK3

Learn your new Maschine MK3 With the release of the Maschine MK3, Native Instruments have upped the ante with the extent to which production tasks …

Read More →
best eurorack cases parttimeproducer.com
Gadgets and Gear

The 5 best Eurorack cases with power

What are the best Eurorack cases for starting in modular? We narrowed it down to 5.

Read More →
eurorack beginners guide at parttimeproducer.com
Inspiration and Techniques

The Easy Guide To Eurorack For Beginners

Get to grips with our Eurorack for beginners guide then the opportunities for creativity are endless.

Read More →
baby audio super vhs review parttimeproducer.com
Reviews

BABY Audio Super VHS review

We check out the new one from the people that brought you Smooth Operator in our BABY Audio Super VHS review. Baby Audio are certainly …

Read More →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Marty G

Marty G

Hi, I'm Martin aka Marty G and am the creator of PartTimeProducer.com
I also perform under the alias Part Time Producer. Music production is one of my favourite hobbies and enjoy hunting out and reviewing audio plugin deals and using Bitwig Studio to produce electronic music.

News & Updates

Keep up to date with the best deals and latest news from audio production world by joining the Part Time Producer mailing list 

free eq cheatsheet from Part Time Producer

FREE 50 Mixing Tips EBOOK

get your free ebook and eq cheatsheet

I promise to never spam you. It’s all good stuff.