Do you long for the old days of magnetic tape recording?

For all over 20 years I longed to move from tape based recording to mature digital recording.

Every time I hear the end of INXS Kick or Mystify I cringe at the tape wow/flutter. (was it intentional?)

Recording on tape had problems with:

* quality of the tape (TDK-SAX... yeah!)
* limited frequency response,
* tape wear and tape aging,
* wow/flutter,
* dirty heads,
* head alignment and bias settings,
* dropouts and crinkles,
* tape hiss and other problems.

This crazy new "tape-delay" guitar pedal simulates all of these problems digitally (in stereo) with high precision!

http://www.strymon.net/products/elcapistan/

They have gone to an amusingly painstaking effort to emulate every annoying nuance of tape based problems.
Now guitarists all around the world can play live and have all the defects we're used to hearing on old recordings.

"El Capistan provides three different tape machine types in one, each with three unique modes. With ten parameters to tweak, you get extensive control over tape quality, machine health and tone shaping. Go from the sound of a pristine, studio-quality tape machine to the heavily fluctuating sound of a machine in need of service. Get the full bodied sound of fresh tape all the way to the gnarled qualities of worn out tape. Because it's DSP driven, you get a range of tape experiences unattainable with a traditional tape machine. All of this without the headaches of tape machine maintenance and repair!"

Watch some of their demo videos to see how well they've achieved it.

Maybe their next pedal could simulate the pain of indigestion, 16 different sounds of babies crying, the sound of someone like your boss yelling at you, and traffic and lawnmower noise.