Dictaphone Loop Synth

Dictaphone Loop Synth


As the name suggests, this library was created by recording a synthesiser onto home-made microcassette tape loops. Splicing these tiny tapes is fiddly work, and the results are distorted, wobbly, noisy recordings with a crushed bandwidth and frequent drop-outs. They were perfect. As soon as I heard them I was blown away, and when I shared my first experiments on twitter, Pianobook veteran Angus Roberts-Carey immediately replied “sample it!”

Here is the result, a couple of patches using the dry samples, and a couple of patches turned into pads with the help of Valhalla Supermassive.

I hope that you find these ghostly sounds inspiring, or at least somehow useful.



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Flavorful and Satisfying

5.0 rating
June 6, 2021

They all sound fantastic! Appreciate the different flavors.

Michael Liebner

Hot Shit!

5.0 rating
January 18, 2021

Thank you Peter, for this wonderful sounding dictasynth. I fell in love instantly and I’m scoring right now a TV documentary, using your supermassive pad – and it brings in juice and suspense!
Thanks again for being so generous!
– Isola Music

Smörre Ziegler

Reminds of a Mellotron, in a very good way!

5.0 rating
January 10, 2021

This thing is like a synth mellotron it’s amazing, the patches are all tasteful and thought out totally useable with very little tweaking. I’ve been downloading loads of instruments off here and this one is one of my favorites! Thank you so much!

Lucas M Wood

The Sound I Dream of

5.0 rating
November 10, 2020

Over the years I have tried to make or find a sound like this – you have nailed it. Totally perfect in a beautifully messed up, lost memory, lo-fi, distant, sad way. Thank you for this creation.

John Morgan Askew

Moody Pads :-)

5.0 rating
October 3, 2020

Love this haunting set of moody pads – look forward to using them on my current project. Thanks for your gift Peter and Angus for helping.

Bob Ellis


A synthesiser through home-made microcassette tape loops. What’s not to love?

5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 7 reviews)
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