How to Boost Your Tracks with Interesting Textures and Variations Using LoFi Tapestop
In today’s tutorial, let’s have a look at how you can easily and creatively spice up your tracks using the plugin LoFi Tapestop.
Let’s listen to the basic track we’ll use in this tutorial:
Add texture to the Rhodes loop
Let’s start by loading the Tapestop plugin on the track. Then, we can experiment with the start and stop buttons to see what effects we can create. Once we found a sequence of starts and stops we like, we can record it as an automation.
To do that, start the playback slightly before the section you want to add the automation on, press record, and then repeat the start and stop sequence you found while experimenting with the plugin.
If you go into “automation mode” and select “add a line for each automation event”, you’ll see two automation lines were automatically added: one that shows you when the triggering is happening (when the buttons are pressed), and one that defines if the plugin is in a start or stop mode.
Select the option to add a line for each automation event.
Creating interesting rhythmic variations
Another part of the song where the Tapestop plugin could be interesting is on this percussive clave's loop. We can try adding some pitch down and up effect to make the loop more interesting and glue it together with the rest of the rhythm.
To achieve this, we’ll give a bit of a longer start time and decrease the stop time.
Doing this adds some extra movement to the percussion parts. Once we’re satisfied with the results, we can go ahead and record the automation the same way we did on the Rhodes track.
You can add more rhythmic variations by increasing the flux slider to give your loop a bit more character and move the start time to around 25 milliseconds, making it a super short response.
When the response time is that short, it’s easier to automate the stop button when hitting the end of the bar. This will change that part of the loop a bit. Once you’re satisfied with the results, you can once again record the automation.
A very cool thing about Tapestop is that, unlike the classic analog tape machine, we can actually trigger the same start and stop multiple times. We don't have to stop and start each time, we can just trigger “restart” and have the tape machine restart over and over. This gives us some quick and easy options to get some rhythmic effects going.
Adjust the start time and increase the amount of flux.
If you’re automating Tapestop for high-frequency elements, like a guitar, you can add an EQ after the sound to remove some of the low ends that happen from the tape starting up. Cutting these frequencies is always best done in context when you can hear exactly what you're cutting out and see it in the spectrum analyzer.
A really nice use of Tapestop is to insert it on a group or folder track. Doing this will affect all tracks that are feeding into it and will allow us to create some interesting breaks in our piece.
With Tapestop added to the main group with all your other tracks, enter the automation mode. Select Tapestop, and then draw in two button presses, or triggers.
Draw two button presses.
Now, change to playback mode so the first button press will be a stop, and the second button press will be a start. You can now sit back, and listen to the final result!
Track with LoFi Tapestop
We hope you learned a few tricks and that we sparked some ideas on how you can use Tapestop in unconventional and creative ways in your next production.
You can also view this tutorial on YouTube.
Never used LoFi Tapestop? Make sure to grab a FREE trial-version copy before you go.