LABS: Tape Orchestra
A free virtual instrument from Spitfire Audio that features loops played back through a Tascam Portastudio.
Producing inspiring sounds for composers, LABS plugins are created with sonic pioneers such as Hans Zimmer, and the world’s finest musicians and studios. LABS is a series of free software instruments that are presented by Spitfire Audio, and available in an easy-to-use, dedicated plug-in. The user interface is clutter-free and focused, and features simplified controls, sliders for expression and dynamics, and a knob that can be easily customised to the user’s personal workflow.
In January 2020, LABS selected a range of orchestral and synth recordings and fed them through pre-distressed cassettes and tape loops, via an old-school Tascam Portastudio. The tapes were crinkled to create distorted textures, evoking a sense of fragility and nostalgia.