Tape Emulation

Oct 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Mix, The Mix Editors



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Slate VTM

Slate Digital VTM

The VTM from Slate Digital offers two tape machine types, a 2-inch, 16-track and ½-inch mastering recorder. Users can choose between two tape formulations, 15 and 30 ips tape speeds, noise reduction, auto mute, and wow and flutter and bass alignment controls. Other features include normal, low and high bias controls, and level calibration plus GUI controls like VU ballistics and grouped operation of parameters. AU, RTAS and VST formats are supported.

URS Saturation plug-in

URS Saturation Plug-In

URS offers a hybrid plug-in that offers console and tape machine algorithms for preamps (6), tape saturation (2), transformer core saturation (2), tube and discrete analog saturation, soft clipping and even/odd ordered harmonic distortion. Tape emulation features include tape head algorithms (2) and choices for 15 or 30 ips. All major DAWs are supported including full Avid ICON and ProControl support.

Crane Song Phoenix II

Crane Song Phoenix II

Phoenix II is an update of Crane Song’s suite of TDM plug-ins designed to emulate the unique properties of a magnetic tape machine. The five control categories are grouped by personality. Luminescent is the most neutral-sounding process of the five; Iridescent has a similar magnetic character, but with a fatter bottom and midrange; Radiant is characterized by a more aggressive compression curve; Dark Essence is even more aggressive, and Luster starts more gently than the other four processes but becomes as aggressive as Dark Essence when the process is at full-scale. Phoenix II runs both Native and DSP on Avid’s Pro Tools 10 AAX format.

McDSP Analog Channel

McDSP Analog Channel

The Analog Channel from McDSP is two plugins, AC101 emulates channel amplifier circuits, while the AC202 features standard tape machine parameters such as bias, playback speed, and IEC1/2 equalization plus adjustable low frequency roll off and head bump - independent of playback speed. Users can select from several playback head types, tape formulations, and even control the tape saturation recovery time. Supported formats include TDM, RTAS, Audiosuite and AU formats, Mac or PC up to 192 kHz.

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