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Lo-Fi Tape Emulation

  • Four-pole (24dB/octave) virtual analog low-pass and high-pass filters
  • Controls for wow, flutter, unpredictable dropouts, and tape crinkle
  • Dry/wet mix to dial in classic or chaotic vibrato and chorus sounds
  • Static hiss, clicks, and pops
  • Compression algorithm inspired by a compressor found in a famous vintage sampler

Touch Modes

  • Four playful performance modes that can be activated momentarily or latched
    • Magnetic Dance – Creates a drone of sound using a micro-loop. Tune it to chords; play it forward or backward
    • Tape Stop – Slows down the playback of your audio in real-time, with individual controls for start and stop time. Use it to subtly bend the pitch or for dramatic effects
    • Broken Machine – Makes a garbled mess of your incoming audio
    • Repeater – Records a slice of audio and repeats it. The slice can be divided into smaller subdivisions for glitchy effects. Synchronizable using tap tempo or MIDI clock


  • A beautiful stereo reverb with controls for wet/dry mix, decay time, and where the reverb goes in the signal chain (pre or post tape emulation)
  • Capable of infinite sustain / decay

CV, MIDI Control, Presets

  • All parameters are fully controllable via MIDI or CV
  • Directly compatible with all of your favorite MIDI controllers – no external MIDI box required
    • Internal jumpers available to switch between TRS MIDI A, B, or CBA
  • Use our handy Max for Live device to control Ribbons via MIDI using Ableton
  • Use Presets to save your settings and queue them up later using your favorite preset device
  • CV control up to 500Hz

Easter Eggs

  • Four-track asynchronous looper
    • Allows up to four stereo loops
      • Length per loop: 40 seconds at 0.5x speed, 20 seconds at 1x speed, 10 seconds at 2x speed
    • Each loop has separate controls for playback direction (forward or backward), playback speed (continuously variable from 0.5x to 2x), and track volume
    • Overdubbing possible at any speed
    • Looped sounds are affected by the tape effect
  • Four-voice sine wave synthesizer
    • Connect your favorite MIDI controller and start playing
    • Synth voices are affected by the tape effect and can be used in the looper mode
    • +/- 5 semitone pitch bending


  • DSP: 480Mhz ARM Processor
  • Processing: 32-bit floating point
  • Ultra low-noise audio codec: 24 bit, 48kHz, >110dB Dynamic Range
  • Max Input Level: +2dBu
  • Max Output Level: +5dBu
  • Latency: 1 msec
  • Power: +9VDC, 2.1mm, negative tip PSU
  • Power Supply Protection:
    • Reverse polarity protection down to -20VDC
    • Over voltage protection up to +20VDC
  • Current Draw: 160mA
  • Frequency Response: 24Hz to 20kHz

  • Input Impedance: 400 kOhm
  • Output Impedance: 1.5 kOhm
  • PCB: 6-layer PCB with two ground planes
  • Bypass Options:
    • Stereo true bypass (using relay)
    • Stereo buffered bypass
    • Stereo buffered bypass (with trails)
  • ¬†Manufacturing:
    • 100% lead-free
    • Circuit boards fabricated in China
    • Circuit boards assembled in Minneapolis, MN
    • Enclosures drilled, painted, and printed in the USA
    • Final assembly and testing performed in Minneapolis, MN

Firmware Updates

  • Experimental firmware updates can be found on the Kinotone Forum
  • Official (stable) firmware updates will be available here

User Manual

Ribbons Quick Start Guide

Ribbons User Manual



Click here to download our Max For Live devices to control Ribbons with MIDI

Ribbons Parameter Controller:


Ribbons Loop Controller: