Cassette inspired degradation

(11 customer reviews)


NOTE: Please read our  FAQ for DAW compatibility information before purchasing.

Inspired by 4-track cassette recorders, SketchCassette is designed to introduce a wide array of lo-fi tape effects into your mixes. From subtle warble to unearthed-from-the-attic destruction, SketchCassette is your one-stop-shop for anything and everything cheap tape.


  • Age modeling
  • Saturation
  • Highly adjustable wow & flutter
  • Dropouts
  • Tape hiss
  • Tape type frequency profiles
  • Noise-reduction encoding compression

Developed by Aberrant DSP with R&D assistance from J.R. Hyde and Kyle Ohlschlager

Technical Info:

To access your files after ordering: Go to My Account > Downloads

SketchCassette supports the following formats and operating systems:
Windows 7 or later – VST3 and AAX at 64-bit
macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion or later – AU, VST3, and AAX at 64-bit

Import the plugin files (.vst3, .aaxplugin, or .component) into the appropriate folder in your computer’s directory. These are as follows:

VST3: ​C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3 or the directory you have set in your DAW
AAX: ​C:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins
AU: ​Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
VST3: ​Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST3
AAX: ​Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins

Restart your digital audio workstation before loading in the plugin to a project. On macOS, you may need to restart your computer for new plugins to appear in some hosts.


11 reviews for SketchCassette

  1. Denis kosiak (verified owner)

    Literally everybody wants this… why would you rather have boxes of cassettes and players around your house when you can simply install a plugin?

  2. Asa Graham (verified owner)

    Entered a giveaway to win this, saw what it was doing and saw the price, saw that it was 2 dudes and a cat, I had to buy it to support. Can’t wait for future products from y’all.

    an update where it mutes itself if there isn’t audio actively playing through it would be MUCH appreciated. izotopes vinyl does the same thing its really annoying. RC-20 has it where it’ll mute the noise and that is far far better. Other than that this is amazing.

  3. Sebastian Broholm (verified owner)

    I can only recommend this to anyone who produces music. Best plug-in ever.

  4. Steven Tracy (verified owner)

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It used to take me a convoluted collection of plugins to create what this does in one shot. Well done and congrats to all involved for making this. Can’t wait to see what else y’all come up with.

    Buy this plug now!

  5. David Earl (verified owner)

    I am loving this plugin.

    It does exactly what I have been looking for in the way that I have been dreaming. There are plenty of tape emulations out there, but none have the character of Sketch Cassette. I am going to have a lot of fun putting this on my current productions.


  6. Ben Estes (verified owner)

    What an amazing steal! Super vibey in a Vulf Compressor sort of way. Would love for the plugin to mute its output when no audio signal is detected on the track. Otherwise you’ve got to put a noise gate behind it in the signal chain. Great work developer!

  7. bhenderson6860 (verified owner)

    This is the plugin I have been looking for YEARS and it’s finally HERE for a FRACTION of the average plugin cost. I’ve been approximating this sound with various combinations of more expensive plugins, and I’d even been considering buying some old tape recorder/players to do it the old fashioned way, but this thing does it better and all in one package. Saturation, Filtering, subtle Compression, Wow/Flutter (sine or random, which is awesome), Dropouts, all simple to dial in and super effective. Goes from subtle to extreme, and each component can be turned off to isolate various elements or combinations thereof. If you love degraded sound you will put this on everything from channels to your master bus. I bought it yesterday and already have like 15 instances of it on different elements of my tunes. Get all those tones from early Elliott Smith’s “whisper” to Bibio’s warble to Low’s shredding degradation. I can’t say enough good things about this plugin.

    Future features I’d love to see would be a dedicated compression section, more (less natural) waveforms on the wow/flutter, different types of tape hiss, more tape types, more distortion flavors (would be cool to hear one that was less trebly and more concentrated in the low mids), and the option to turn off the changes to the saturation element when you increase the “age” (sometimes I want to really age it without so much distortion). Can’t wait to see what’s next. Great job dudes.

  8. Mike Kane (verified owner)

    More people need to have this in the arsenal. spent a good amount of money on other plugins over the years and this is by far the best bang for my buck ive ever gotten with a plugin and ive had it for like ten minutes lol. mad ez to use, and instantly gives your track that authentic cassette warmth.

  9. Jason Domantay (verified owner)

    Get this one, y’all. Having grown up with cassettes I’m pretty familiar with the different tape types and this plugin nails the differences between Type I, II, and Metal. This adds so much character to anything you put it on. It’s a no brainer for ambient and LoFi but it will work really well for whatever genre you work on. You can get similar tones to the Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water pedal at a mere fraction of the price. The amount of inspiration that came to me in the first 20 minutes of using this was priceless, at $20 this is an absolute treasure. Simple to use, powerful, versatile, and most importantly sounds amazing. Just do it already so these guys can make more awesome stuff for us! I can’t wait to see what the update brings and what else these dudes have in the works! Great job fellas.


  10. Paulie bromley (verified owner)

    Oh Lord this sounds truly SHITTY and PRETTY. A perfect antidote to pristine audio and a super fun and quick way to get your scowl on. Run your funk jams through this. Run your dubs through it. Run your beats through it. Reap the rewards of Abherrants hard work.

    Definitely endorsed by HI-Fi Lo-FI Ambassador Lord Tanuki Himself.

  11. Jesse Nickerson (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this plugin. I am currently at the tail-end of recording an album that uses a lot samples from old cassettes that I found, and now this plugin is making me go back and do another mix of all the songs, and take a second look at things.
    It’s a plugin that I had hoped existed, but wasn’t sure if it did, or if it even could.

    I haven’t got too heavy into using each and every option yet, and I’m still a novice with mixing anyway, but this plugin is simple to use and get great sounds out of, even if you aren’t too adept on the technical end of things. I’ve found that a lot of the presets are very good, they show what the plugin can do, and I just find myself trying some of those and then just dialing things back a bit.

    I’ve had other cassette plugins that I paid more for, that did not do as much for me.

    Highly recommended.

    – Jesse

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