WIRES from Hainbach, AudioThing turns a Soviet wire recorder into a plugin

by David Solomonoff

Terrible recording tech made into wonderful music tool. 1970s Soviet machine saw Cold War spy and military action – but now you get to cheat and use it as a plug-in.

They’ve reproduced:

  • That strange tone from the hair-thin wire used as magnetic recording medium
  • Non-linear time effects (wow/flutter, etc.), and speed control and start/stop braking
  • Noise, natch (hiss, motor sounds with enveloping) plus irregularities (drops and clicks)
  • Vacuum tube output
  • Recreations of the internal speaker and mic

— plus it’s an echo, using the simulated wire mechanism, with the expected time / feedback / level and wet/dry controls you’d expect from a modern dedicated echo device. And you get preset storage and randomizer, you spoiled capitalist kids.

Source: WIRES from Hainbach, AudioThing turns a Soviet wire recorder into a plugin – CDM Create Digital Music

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