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BlankFor.ms - Tape Synths

Transformative tape-drenched textures

A living, breathing machine of sonic metamorphosis, this instrument harnesses the rare tape machines and complex processing techniques of tape artist Blankfor.ms to create rich kaleidoscopic textures that morph, change and come alive as you play. Push the magic of tape to new limits with mind-bending sounds and unpredictable atmospheres that span multiple genres — dripping with vintage analog warmth and nostalgia.

Our sophisticated, interactive plugin invites you to cycle through over 150 layers of tape and granular processing across its core presets — combined with extensive in-built controls and effects for endless analog inspiration. From woozy, dusty lo-fi atmospheres to dreamlike, multi-tonal textures that haunt and glisten, Tape Synths will transform your soundscapes — whether you’re a pop producer, remixer, beat maker, or composer writing your next indie or game score.

BlankFor.ms – Sediments (0:00 / 1:35)

Lucie Treacher – Shockproof (Trailer Music Extended) (0:00 / 1:01)

Homay Schmitz – Before We Forget (feat. Heirloom) (0:00 / 2:08)

Leo Wyatt – Snowdonia (0:00 / 3:32)

Leo Wyatt – Sunrise (feat. Heirloom and Chamber Strings) (0:00 / 2:42)

CAIROXVI. – Past Encounters (0:00 / 1:53)


Product Info

  • 10.5 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 10.50 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.13 to OS 12. Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported. 32-bit is not supported.
  • PC system requirements Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Windows 11, 64-bit only. Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7. 32-bit is not supported.
  • Dedicated Plugin
  • User manual
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“Imagine that dusty unmarked cassette you find in a thrift store… lush tones hidden behind a veil of tape degradation, distortion and magnetic saturation...”

— Tyler Gilmore (BlankFor.ms)

Through Tape Synths, Tyler Gilmore, aka BlankFor.ms, showcases his unique creative process and the endless spectrum of sonic possibilities that tape provides — from lo-fi digital grit and playful stabs, plucks and bells through to 80s neon-lit, retro pads, gamer’s nostalgia and woozy, shimmering euphoria. In his own words, "To my ear, tape introduces a deep, organic version of chaos and brings something more tactile, more alive, to every tone...."

Based out of his Brooklyn studio, the artist uses a range of degraded tape machines run through rare and classic pedals, tone-shaping devices, vintage delay chips and unusual gear, from the Walkman, Library of Congress C1 cassette player to a range of Tascams and a Modular system — heavily mangled and processed via tape splicing, pitch-shifting, generative techniques, analog saturation, filtering, distortion, granular synthesis and more.

Designed to encourage sound design, the plugin features 140 presets as a starting point, offering users as many opportunities as possible to make the sounds their own. Whether you’re looking for instantly usable sounds straight out of the box or wanting to spend a few hours getting lost in analog inspiration, Tape Synths will deliver exciting, unpredictable colours and textures to your sonic palette.

  • Presented in Spitfire Audio's award-winning dedicated plugin which runs in any DAW, straight out of the box
  • Features classic synth sounds and shapes run through unusual gear, including a Walkman, Library Of Congress C1, Modular System, Tascam 414, Tascam 424, Tascam PortaOne, Marantz PMD and GE Portable with FoldyMakes Mod
  • Designed for producers, composers, and beat makers looking to create their own unique tape-drenched textures and atmospheres
  • The radically transformative processed signal invites you to cycle through over 150 layers of tape and granular processing, offering extensive permutations across its 28 core presets and beyond

  • PRESETS (140)
    • PADS (10)
    • KEYS (12)
    • ARP (6)
    • BLANKFOR.MS PRESETS (112) — Made by the artist himself

    • EXPRESSION – Adjust the level of the technique
    • DYNAMICS – Move between multiple layers of varying processing including tape machines, vintage delay circuits, analog distortion, and granular
    • ATTACK
    • DECAY
    • REVERB – Choose between a bespoke collection of 7 impulse responses, ranging from short studios and rooms to long, cavernous churches and halls
    • START POINT - Cut further into the note

  • NKS compatible
  • ~10.5GB

“I don't know of another software instrument quite like this... once the Spitfire team built out the first draft, we knew we had something incredible.”

— Tyler Gilmore (BlankFor.ms)

BlankFor.ms is a Brooklyn-based artist who makes richly textured, emotive ambient music using his rare collection of degraded tapes, analog synthesisers and an old spinet piano. Growing up surrounded by nature in Wyoming has influenced his signature sound, finding his musical home in an analog electronic aesthetic. He has released two EPs and Works for Tape and Piano, a full length LP on Puremagnetik, and has also created remixes for The Cinematic Orchestra, Arthur Moon, and Para One. In addition to his popular line of self-released tape-oriented sample packs, BlankFor.ms was sampled on the Ethan Gruska and Bon Iver single, So Unimportant. Tyler maintains a transparent relationship with his fans, sharing the ups and downs of his creative process across his social media platforms with his dedicated 100k+ following.

What's included

PADS (10)

  • Aged
  • Analog Square Pad
  • Broken Sine
  • Bucket Brigade
  • Rotating
  • Magnetic Haze
  • Noisy Sine
  • FM Motion
  • Sine Warble
  • Triangle Overtone

KEYS (12)

  • Analog Saw
  • Analog Square Keys
  • Degraded Sine
  • Circuit Square
  • Dark Fifth
  • Evolving
  • Distorted Squares
  • Analog Confusion
  • Bounce Tone
  • Timbral
  • Unsolved
  • Woozy Waveforms

ARP (6)

  • Coarse Texture
  • Broken Octaves
  • Expanding Grains
  • Amp Glitch
  • Reverse Chaos
  • Tremolo


  • 80's 5th Pad
  • 90's Keys
  • Aconite
  • Adventure Pluck
  • Analog Grit Lead
  • Ancient Broadcast
  • As Dialed
  • Avatars Dream Pad
  • Bells 5th
  • Blanket Pad
  • Blurred Horizon
  • Born of Darkness
  • Bouncing Ball
  • Bouncing Glows
  • Brite Heart
  • Broken Rays
  • Bubble Pad
  • Butterfly Brigade
  • Casting Spells
  • CelloForms
  • Circuit Box
  • Circuit Jam
  • Cloud Burst
  • Console of Sustain
  • Cosmic Bubbles
  • CRT Life
  • Crystals
  • Cute Pluck
  • Cycle Paths
  • Dark Arts
  • Dawn Pad
  • Daydream Fennel
  • Dislocated
  • Distorted Bass Pluck
  • Dream Squares
  • Dusk Saffron
  • Dusty Ribbons
  • Electric Roads
  • Electro Bees Pad
  • Empty Pool Pad
  • Endless Particulates
  • Excavated
  • Expanding Cloud Pad
  • Faulty Wiring
  • Flickering
  • Floating Dots
  • Fluxroot
  • Follow Delay
  • Gamers Nostalgia
  • Glowing Hemlock
  • Good Luck
  • Haze Field
  • Humming Trail
  • Inferno Lotus
  • Inner Spark
  • Lens Flare
  • Long Simple Tape
  • Lost in Space
  • Lost Timbres
  • Magnetic Dreams
  • Magnetic Meditation
  • Massive Organ
  • Mood Organ
  • Moonhopping
  • Muffled Bell
  • Neon Swarms
  • Nettles
  • Nightshade
  • Octopus
  • Past Transmission
  • Phoss
  • Plaything
  • Please Rewind
  • Pluck Sparkles
  • Podostroma
  • Pollen
  • Polychromatic
  • Popcorn
  • Quartz
  • Rotating Pad
  • Running Blades
  • Sapphire
  • Second Opening Long
  • Second Opening Short
  • Short and Sweet
  • Short Square Keys
  • Short Tape Organ
  • Sine of Distance
  • Sky Shores
  • Soft Fifth
  • Soft Rewind
  • Sombre Asteroid
  • Space Overtones Pad
  • Space Visitors
  • Spirit Flute
  • Square Expanded
  • Station Play Two
  • Stuck in Reverse
  • Subtle Interference
  • Swimming
  • Tape Scream
  • Tape Shards
  • Tidal Motions
  • Timeworn
  • Tremolo Journey
  • Under Water
  • Untrustworthy
  • VHS Love
  • Violet
  • Windroot
  • Wires Crossed
  • York Swell

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