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Matthijs Hollemans The Kiss Of Shame (Magnetic Tape Saturator) v1.0.0 VST3 AU WiN MAC [FREE] screenshot
22/04/2024 | VST3 AU WiN MAC | 226 MB
The Kiss of Shame – Tape Desecration Processor

Recently I was donated the source code to The Kiss of Shame, a magnetic tape emulation plug-in from 2014, originally developed by Eros Marcello and friends. The plug-in was never finished or released, but Eros has graciously allowed it to become open source. As part of my plug-in archeology project, I’ve been hacking away at the code to get it up and running again. In this blog post I’ll explain in detail how this plug-in works.

The Kiss of Shame was one of the first analog tape degradation simulations. Quoting from a LinkedIn post by the original author:

It’s the worlds first (and to my knowledge) only tape / analog circuitry emulation plugin that realistically models the effects of magnetic particle instability, lubricant loss, substrate deformation, drift, scrape-flutter, print-through and reel expansion/contraction into a suite of FX processing tools for sound design and music production. We were also the first to leverage machine learning to account for the vast nonlinearities inherent in magnetic tape and analog circuitry.

I don’t know how much of that actually got implemented — I’m not an expert on reel-to-reel tape recorders — but it’s an interesting plug-in nonetheless. 😃

The Kiss of Shame has the following knobs and buttons:

All parameters, including reel movements, are fully automatable, and for screen real estate optimization, the reels are collapsible and fully customizable.

Matthijs Hollemans The Kiss Of Shame (Magnetic Tape Saturator) v1.0.0 VST3 AU WiN MAC [FREE] screenshot

Choose between two distinct tape types:

S-111: A superior reel format popular from the 50s to 70s, was the preferred reference tape for many engineers.
A-456: This classic, high-output/low-noise format is a recording staple used in countless productions.
Print-Through – Also known as “bleed-through”, this emulation captures the mechanical speed fluctuations present in analog recordings. While they posed challenges for engineers in the past, they became a hallmark of classic records.

The parameters
In the original code, the parameter system was unfinished: parameters were not exposed to the host and would get reset whenever you (re)opened the editor. Of course, those were the JUCE 3 days, when JUCE did not have the AudioProcessorValueTreeState yet. I ripped out all that old parameter code and replaced it with an APVTS.

Matthijs Hollemans The Kiss Of Shame (Magnetic Tape Saturator) v1.0.0 VST3 AU WiN MAC [FREE] screenshot

That said, The Kiss of Shame was never completely finished and so I don’t feel like I’m being untrue to the original by adding the missing bits and fixing the issues. Here are some things that can still be improved:

Don’t hardcode the sample rate to 44100 Hz.
Add prepareToPlay() and reset() methods to the DSP classes.
Replace the biquads with TPT / SVF filters.
Replace rand() with juce::Random.
Parameter smoothing.
Use oversampling on the saturation stage.
…and more…

How to use this plug-in

Installation instructions




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  Contributor 3.05.2011 677 4718
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wow this is so great "Recently I was donated the source code to The Kiss of Shame, a magnetic tape emulation plug-in from 2014, originally developed by Eros Marcello and friends."

btw you need to add more text, its so far to scroll :)
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  Contributor 18.05.2021 1565 856
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Edited a bit, tryed to keep it short
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  Contributor 3.05.2011 677 4718
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this is better, great!
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  Resident 2.02.2014 1 2553
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Toooo long awaited. Free now?
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  Resident 26.09.2012 3 1731
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this is actually pretty sweet ! thanx !
  Resident 28.12.2016 376
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  Member 21.07.2021 4 51
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Not working on FL Studio sadly, it mutes the track
  Member 1.07.2020 28 46
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Make bridged :) it works !!!
  Member 21.07.2021 4 51
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This worked, thanks.
  Member 21.11.2022 19
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dear author, please delete top 2/3 of the gui :D
  Resident 24.01.2021 137
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I almost agreed with you but the reels are actually another parameter in the plugin.

It allows you to manually add pitch variations or tape playback artifacts when you use the mouse on it. You can see this behavior in the demo video above.
  Member 21.11.2022 19
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Oh :D My bad. Actually cool concept. And can be automatable from host or toggled off. Gotta listen to this a lot today. Cheers
  Member 16.04.2015 20 282
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  Member 28.03.2019 16 184
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Can someone add minimum system requirements?
Especially for Mac, it isn't visible on OSX 10.10, Logic 10.1
  Member 16.04.2015 20 282
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  Resident 20.05.2023 122
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I don't get why people want to put pitch warbles on sounds, it sounds horrendous.
  Member 23.06.2022 28 108
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It's lofi,it has a sense of distortion and old things.
The video demonstrates a 100% vibrato effect, and if you tune it to turn the cross knob to 50%, Blend it to 100%, and then use it on the piano, the piano will sound a little shaky and sad

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