Distortastudio Cassette 4-Track Colour


  • Full Kit
  • Step-by-Step Guide
  • Supported
  • Beginner

Do you ever pine for the cheap and dirty, but somehow musical and inspiring, sound of your old portable 4-track? The Distortastudio brings that sound to your Colour Palette without a big tape machine taking up space in your studio.

The Distortastudio's circuitry is directly inspired by the channel strip of a late-80's TASCAM machine. It even features the same opamps, obtained NOS (new old stock) and available in a limited quantity.

Just like your old 4-track, you can run the Distortastudio at low gain for subtle solid-state dirt or at high gain for trashy distortion and hiss.


  • Four stages of channel strip circuitry
  • Original, NOS opamps
  • Compatible with the Colour format
  • Black PCB
  • Full, step-by-step assembly instructions

For more info, check out our series of posts about the Distortastudio design process:

Real analog plugins.

Colour is a new format for analog audio gear designed for and by the DIY community. We took our favorite sounding analog circuits and put them on modules that are small, affordable, and swappable.

The Colour format consists of Colours and Palettes:

Colours are ultra-compact, pluggable analog circuit blocks that impart various types of analog color. Check out our ever-growing selection of Colours. Colours can be designed and released by anyone.

Palettes provide controls, power, and support circuitry for Colours. We currently offer the Colour 500 Palette and CP5 Mic Preamp with Colour.

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