This plugin makes your music sound like it was recorded on an 8-track cassette machine from the ‘90s

Before digital recording became the norm, many of us had to capture our music on a multitrack cassette recorder. While this brought with it a fair few limitations, Fuse Audio Labs is hoping that there’s still a demand for the sound of these old machines, as it’s just released a plugin that’s designed to recreate it.

TCS-68 is based on a channel from an 8-track machine that was released in 1990. It emulates the preamp, tape system and 3-band EQ from the original hardware. You can even throw in some hiss if you like that sort of thing.

Obviously, the TCS-68 isn’t going to give you a high-fidelity sound, but it could certainly add some character. It’s available for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats at the introductory price of $29 (the regular price is $59). Find out more on the Fuse Audio Labs website.

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.