Add some AAW to your DAW

Leveraging our proprietary State Space Modeling technology, Porta Cassette faithfully reproduces the smooth, analog, slightly off-kilter lo-fi mojo of the four-track cassette recorders of the 80s and 90s. Thanks to Studio One’s unique Mix Engine FX processing, Porta Cassette will help you create mixes evocative of everything from YouTube’s lofi hip hop beats to relax/study to to Springsteen’s Nebraska. Mix Engine FX is a proprietary signal routing technology that affects your music across all Console channels, rather than just in a single channel. This isn’t a stereo bus plug-in, Porta Cassette transforms any mix with the State Space Modeled tonality of the classic four-tracks that start bidding wars on eBay.

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What's a Mix Engine Effect?

Mix Engine FX like Porta Cassette are unlike traditional plug-ins and effects that can only affect one Channel or Bus at a time. Activating a Mix Engine Effect on any bus in Studio One will automatically affect and cross-process all channels feeding that bus simultaneously. Furthermore, the unique behavior and sonic fingerprint of Porta Cassette is designed via our meticulous State Space Modeling technology—which sees our engineers elbow-deep in vintage circuitry to digitally capture the warmth, nuance, tolerance, and even unpredictability of venerated hardware on a per-component basis. This attention to detail means Mix Engine FX are the most thorough and true-to-life emulations of real analog console behavior—featuring inter-channel crosstalk, noise, and the warmest drive, saturation, and character imaginable.

Porta Cassette UI

Build character

Porta Cassette’s Character control functions dramatically differently than that of any other Mix Engine Effect. Low settings govern the amount of console coloration; cranking it up introduces tape wow and flutter—boasting a wide range of detuning and warble from juuuuust the right amount to maybe too much. Try it on your synth bus to add some spacious, seasick movement to your pads.

From glitchy to pitchy

The unique Pitch control allows you to detune (or uptune) every element of your processed bus. Cassette four-track producers are known to take advantage of this feature in live performances—and you can do the same in real-time via a macro control—or even automate it. Unlike hardware cassette machines, however, the Pitch control won’t affect your playback tempo—so you will enjoy pitch-shifting without affecting your Song’s tempo.

The Noise and Crosstalk controls can be leveraged to add a bit of good ol’ fashioned tapey glue—and heck, we even State-Space Modeled the hum generated by the power supply, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Get reel.

For an added dose of authenticity, slap Porta Cassette on the Master bus of a four-track Studio One session to produce with the inspiring limits and sonic fingerprints of yesteryear. Go ahead and tell your friends you scored a real cassette four-track on Reverb and made your EP the old-school way. They won’t hear the difference—and your secret is safe with us.

Build your console collection.

Only Studio One lets you add so many legendary consoles to your studio. Porta Cassette is available as a standalone purchase or as part of the Retro Mix Legends bundle—and is included in a PreSonus Sphere membership.