Tatak – Tape Harmonium

Tatak – Tape Harmonium


This harmonium is older than my mum and that’s pretty old. I bought it about 2 years ago from a church in São Paulo.
The tape machine belonged to my friend’s grandfather and I am babysitting it for a while.
I had the idea of running the harmonium through the tape machine to add some nice texture and variation to the sound, sometimes totally overdriving the signal or just taking advantage of the bad condition of the old tape.

The main instrument is one high note played twice, I put one performance on the left, one on the right.
This simple single note created a lovely sound when stretched all the way down the keyboard.

I took a few other samples from the tape and made some extra instruments:

Stereo Bass – A harsh, distorted bass sound.
Tape Harmonium Sliced – A sample starting with a quick attack and with 2 separate recordings controlled with the modwheel.
Tape Synth – My voice recorded onto a very wobbly piece of tape.
Broken Synth – The same sample as the Stereo Bass but treated differently within the Kontakt sampler.

I made this with Kontakt 6.4.1 but each instrument is just 1 or 2 samples stretched all the way down the keyboard, so should be fairly easy to throw the sample into your sampler of choice. Sample.

Make it make something.

Good luck





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Instant Vintage

4.0 rating
January 3, 2021

Love this bit of kit, sounds almost like a really old wobbly synth.
I recommend mapping a low pass filter to the mod wheel.
Brilliant for underscore

Jim Sanger


An old harmonium from a church in São Paulo recorded through a old tape machine

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