Hi. The subject says it all really. Whenever I use Bloom with the Tape mode I cannot take the Tape Age lower than about 80% without a constant hiss being introduced into the signal, which is present even when nothing is playing. The lower the tape age the louder the hiss. Is this meant to happen? I noticed in this video that it didnt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFg-DwYKYDw. I use Ableton Live 9.1 64 bit on a Windows 7 system.
Yes! Bloom makes noise constantly, even when the DAW playback is stopped (Ableton Live 9.x in my case). It's also using a huge amount of CPU resources, also while the DAW is stopped. I found this thread looking for a cause of the noise, and at least I can dial it back now that I know it's the tape age setting. Pretty lame that so many of the presets have this noise built in. It's really unusable.
So, nice sounding plug in, nice flexible features, but it's CPU hungry, noisy as hell, and pretty flaky when it comes to reloading presets. I almost always have to reset mix, setting used, or some other random thing every time I open a session using Bloom. And the real killer for me is that the parameters are not exposed for automation in Ableton, even though the FAQ claims it is.