Robotic Bean - Portatron Tape Synthesizer (VST3)

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Post 16 Mar 2022

VST3 only, but nice looking/sounding effect from Robotic Bean. Looking forward to Reason VST3 support soon so I don't have to use BlueCat Audio's Patchwork. ;-)

https://roboticbean.com/products/portatron/

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Portatron Tape Synthesizer
Get all the mojo from a 4-track cassette Portastudio, right in your project! From the instant lofi sound with tape saturation, noise and wobble, to breathing new life into your samples!

Play tape loops that either follow your DAW’s transport, or play them like a monophonic Mellotron from your keyboard. Build a complete soundscape by mixing four tracks with the built-in EQ, delay and reverb.

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Post 16 Mar 2022

Wow looks amazing see how you play with something on the motherboard?? That's one cool GUI!

Sounds great on the video might have to give it a whirl it is Robotic Bean after all : D <3

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Post 16 Mar 2022

I don't think I need this, I have a Tascam 488 lying around somewhere in my studio :puf_bigsmile:
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Post 16 Mar 2022

I spent the nights crying, as a child dreaming of owning a real one Portastudio (which I have not always had).
But be the genius who had this brilliant idea that the power to grant a dormant wish after 30 years of tears is something that comes from heaven.
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Post 16 Mar 2022

IK has a really good plugin of the sound of the porta studio one, but this looks like real fun.

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Post 17 Mar 2022

Too bad this isn't an RE. I really wish it were, but I understand why RB have decided to start making VSTs instead.
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Post 17 Mar 2022

Steedus wrote:
16 Mar 2022
IK has a really good plugin of the sound of the porta studio one, but this looks like real fun.
Tascam Porta One is a cool plugin, but it doesn't go as far into lofi territory as Portatron. And Portatron is an instrument, not just an effect. Indeed it looks like fun. :-)

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Post 17 Mar 2022

Anything with an animated cassette tape on it is a MUST buy in my opinion. But will have to wait until Reason gets VST 3 support.

BTW is VST 3 in Reason EVER going to happen? Road map gone off piste almost as soon as RS revealed it!! :-/
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Post 17 Mar 2022

Faastwalker wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Anything with an animated cassette tape on it is a MUST buy in my opinion. But will have to wait until Reason gets VST 3 support.

BTW is VST 3 in Reason EVER going to happen? Road map gone off piste almost as soon as RS revealed it!! :-/
They said it will come in May - keep your fingers crossed! 🤞

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Post 17 Mar 2022

ekss wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Faastwalker wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Anything with an animated cassette tape on it is a MUST buy in my opinion. But will have to wait until Reason gets VST 3 support.

BTW is VST 3 in Reason EVER going to happen? Road map gone off piste almost as soon as RS revealed it!! :-/
They said it will come in May - keep your fingers crossed! 🤞
I was hoping this was going to be a reply to my comment about wanting this in RE format. :(
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Post 17 Mar 2022

Oh my, this is nostalgia deluxe. Love it!
When vst3 said to be supported in Reason?

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Post 17 Mar 2022

Lotuz2019 wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Steedus wrote:
16 Mar 2022
IK has a really good plugin of the sound of the porta studio one, but this looks like real fun.
Tascam Porta One is a cool plugin, but it doesn't go as far into lofi territory as Portatron. And Portatron is an instrument, not just an effect. Indeed it looks like fun. :-)
Ahh right I was at work so didn’t watch the video. Pretty cool!

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Post 17 Mar 2022

This looks really nice :thumbs_up:

Will it be native on Apple Silicon?
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Post 17 Mar 2022

challism wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Too bad this isn't an RE. I really wish it were, but I understand why RB have decided to start making VSTs instead.
Porting this to RE would unfortunately be very difficult, so it's not something we're planning to do.

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Post 17 Mar 2022

Billy+ wrote:
17 Mar 2022
This looks really nice :thumbs_up:

Will it be native on Apple Silicon?
It already is! :D

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Post 17 Mar 2022

buddard wrote:
17 Mar 2022
challism wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Too bad this isn't an RE. I really wish it were, but I understand why RB have decided to start making VSTs instead.
Porting this to RE would unfortunately be very difficult, so it's not something we're planning to do.
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Post 17 Mar 2022

challism wrote:
17 Mar 2022
ekss wrote:
17 Mar 2022


They said it will come in May - keep your fingers crossed! 🤞
I was hoping this was going to be a reply to my comment about wanting this in RE format. :(
Would be nice, preferred. But ............ ;
buddard wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Porting this to RE would unfortunately be very difficult, so it's not something we're planning to do.
Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!! :x Sad, but true.

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Post 17 Mar 2022

Can it do ambient tape loops?

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Post 17 Mar 2022

buddard wrote:
17 Mar 2022
challism wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Too bad this isn't an RE. I really wish it were, but I understand why RB have decided to start making VSTs instead.
Porting this to RE would unfortunately be very difficult, so it's not something we're planning to do.
Maybe it could be split into smaller modules???

Like Mixer - sampler - sequencer??

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Post 17 Mar 2022

freshkidblaze wrote:
17 Mar 2022
Can it do ambient tape loops?
Indeed, it’s awesome for ambient/drone loops!

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Post 17 Mar 2022

Despondo wrote:
16 Mar 2022
VST3 only, but nice looking/sounding effect from Robotic Bean. Looking forward to Reason VST3 support soon so I don't have to use BlueCat Audio's Patchwork. ;-)

https://roboticbean.com/products/portatron/

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Portatron Tape Synthesizer
Get all the mojo from a 4-track cassette Portastudio, right in your project! From the instant lofi sound with tape saturation, noise and wobble, to breathing new life into your samples!

Play tape loops that either follow your DAW’s transport, or play them like a monophonic Mellotron from your keyboard. Build a complete soundscape by mixing four tracks with the built-in EQ, delay and reverb.
This sounds very cool. I want it too. While you are waiting for VST3 you should check out Mello-Fi from Arturia. It is dirty wobbly and fun.

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Post 18 Mar 2022

mimidancer wrote:
17 Mar 2022
While you are waiting for VST3 you should check out Mello-Fi from Arturia. It is dirty wobbly and fun.
Yup! I have all of Arturia's VSTs. :-)

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Post 19 Mar 2022

Ahh, this looks both useful and fun - my favourite combo! Definitely going to give it a try at some point :)

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Post 21 Mar 2022

Ah, tempting, though I already have a lot of lo-fi tape tools. Will definitely consider it when VST3 arrives.

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Post 31 Mar 2022

Waiting on Reason VST3 support…

Its 2022 and I still get excited over old analouge replicants. Not getting any younger it seems ☺️

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