I'm looking for that authentic 70s/80s movie sound of movies that haven't been preserved correctly / recorded correctly. In any case serious issues with pitch and all of that. Not sure how to explain it any better. Hopefully you know what I mean. I'm also happy with any example of a music track that is exactly what I mean. (I don't necessarily need to engineer it myself; any example of something of what I mean is good enough.)

  • I'm not certain of the interpretation of your issue - movies don't [historically] store their soundtrack magnetically like an audio tape machine, but optically, along the edge of the film. Degraded film sounds very different to degraded tape. Which do you actually need?
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 30, 2014 at 20:13
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    You could add some 'fake' noise with something like iZotope's Vinyl - really an old record player emulation, idk of a film crackle emulator
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 30, 2014 at 20:22
  • Are you looking for an example of this sound, or are you asking how to create it? Jan 5, 2015 at 17:44

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I agree with Mark. A Tape Emulation plugin might be a good option. I can highly recommend Satin by U-He. it has great options to beautifully (or badly) degrade sound (besides enhancing it nicely). You can add some distortions (try a slight amount bit crusher) - lots of free plugins out there. simply google it for your desired platform and DAW.

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    This is what I ended up doing, using the Tape saturation limiter from Audacity. Played with the nobs a little bit and it definitely added some of the distortion that I was looking for. Jan 3, 2015 at 10:14

If you want to effect material then Speakerphone is the most thorough tool I know of for the job:


Awesome, but expensive.

Wow and flutter are perhaps part of the sound you are getting at. If speakerphone is too expensive there are probably some cheaper plugins out there to simulate that, then some EQ might get you the rest of the way there.

Posting a youtube example of the sound you're getting at would help get specific answers.

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