Developer Eric Pitra let us know about an interesting new instrument that he’s created for real-time performance with cassette tape.
The HC-TT Human Controlled Tape Transport is a compact cassette manipulation device that lets you play a cassette tape with your hand, similar to how you scratch a vinyl record.
Sound is only produced while your hand is turning the single black knob. By turning this knob you are rotating the cassette spindle moving the tape across the internal tape head.
It’s ike the love child of turntablism and musique concrète, letting you ‘scratch’ cassette audio recordings and more.
Here’s a brief video demo:
The knob can play a regular cassette in the forward direction and a homemade cassette loop in either direction. The blue switch is a momentary mute for both stereo channels. There is no motor in this device. It does not record, only outputs pre-recorded audio from a cassette.
- Etched aluminum enclosure (4.7″ x 3.7″ x1.5″)
- Large “playback” knob (directly moves a regular cassette in the forward direction and a homemade cassette loop in either direction)
- Cassette tape opening along front edge (lift playback knob, slide in tape, reseat knob shaft into cassette spindle)
- Blue momentary mute switch with spring return
- Stereo L/R volume knobs
- 1/4″ outputs (Stereo L/R)
- 1/8″ outputs (Stereo L/R)
- 9v power supply
- Shipped with one randomly selected old cassette tape
The Human Controlled Tape Transport is available now for US $260.