Warm up your holiday season with Arturia’s Tape Mello-Fi, a free plugin with lo-fi vibes

It might be cold outside - it is here, anyway - but thanks to Arturia’s free Tape Mello-Fi plugin, there’s no reason not to get things toasty warm inside your DAW.

This is a vintage tape-emulation and lofi effect based on the sound and behaviour of the classic Mellotron (and, more specifically, Arturia’s Mellotron V emulation). Parameter knobs enable you to adjust the amount of Noise, Flutter, Wow, Wear and ‘Mechanics’, and you can also dial in subtle distortion and saturation.

The result is an effect that promises to apply lo-fi vibes to anything you stick it on - drum loops, vocals or even your entire mix.

Other features include an interactive tape wheel with tempo-synced Tape Stop feature and optional Instant Tape Catch-up, a 12dB low-pass and high-pass filter section, and a Stereo Width feature that introduces offsets to Wow and Flutter from left to right for an extra-wide sound.

A 25-preset library, meanwhile, gives you plenty of retro starting points.

Tape Mello-Fi runs as a VST/AU/AAX plugin on PC and Mac and is available as a free download until the end of 2021. Grab it now on the Arturia website.

Arturia Tape Mello-Fi

(Image credit: Arturia)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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