WatKat is a digital “clone” of a
Wem Watkins “Custom” Copicat. It sounds very lo-fi,
noisy, irregular. When you turn it off and leave
the tape loaded, the tape bends in proximity of
the capstan, and this turns into a periodic
pitch fall during echo playback; plus, it gets
hot and the background hum gets worse in time…
you should turn it off every now and then; the
tape is never completely erased, and the capstan
motor flutters… and it gets worse if you touch
it while it’s spinning; heads tend to get dirty
very soon, infact you should clean them often.
This is true for the actual hardware unit, and
for the digital simulation as well!
- Panel Controls:
- Swell: adjusts the volume of the
- Sustain: adjusts the number of repeats;
be careful with this knob!
- Gain 1: volume of input 1 (left
- Gain 2: volume of input 2 (right
- Head 1, Head 2, Head 3: use these
switches to select the playback head(s);
each head gives a different delay time.
- Don’t touch the capstan! :-)
- Additional Features:
- Very easy to use
- Very light on CPU and memory
- Easy MIDI Learn feature
- Free for all, so the world may know how
cool is a Watkins tape echo!
WatKat is available for as a
freeware VST plug-in for Windows and Mac. Read more
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