Tape Emulation

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



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MAGNETIC II Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape Warmer

Nomad Factory’s MAGNETIC II features controls for tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage style EQ and a built in Boost mastering section. There are nine tape machine models from Otari, Ampex, Tascam, Studer and MCI. Other controls include wow and flutter, fully variable tape speeds (1 to 30), magnetic tape color, saturation, low- and high-frequency control, gain and a brickwall output ceiling. Supported formats include AU, RTAS, VST, 32- or 64-bit Mac or PC.


Virsyn VTape
VTape is a set comprising three plug-ins—Saturator, Delay and Flanger—that are based on a thorough simulation of the sound of analog tape machines. VTape Saturator simulates the recording and playback on an analog mastering machine. VTape Delay combines the Saturator sound with a modern, step sequencer-like tapped delay engine. VTAPE Flanger simulates the legendary “tape flanging” effect, simulating playback of two tape machines running at slightly different speeds. New for Version 2: Delay adds optional triplet and dotted notes; Flanger adds LFO Modulation. For VST3/VST2.4: 64-bit version for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

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DUY Software DaD Tape

DaD Tape models four of the most representative tape recorders on the market: a vintage machine with valve circuitry, a transistor-based machine of the late ‘60s, an op amp-based machine of the ’70s and a current machine. There’s also simulation of the three most common noise reduction systems, plus a proprietary noiseless-tape mode. Switchable tape speed (7.5/15/30 ips) permits unusual combinations of tape recorders and speeds. For TDM, it can be purchased as part of the Analog Bundle. For RTAS (Mac and Windows), Audio Units, VST (Mac) or MAS/MOTU-based computers, DaD Tape Native can be purchased individually.


Yamaha Vintage Open Deck

Based on the company’s Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology, the Vintage Open Deck offers four machine types—Swiss ’70, Swiss ’78, Swiss ’85 and American ’70—and each type can be applied to the record and playback deck — independently. Typical parameters such as tape speed, bias and EQ settings, distortion and saturation characteristics are adjustable the type of tape can be selected. Vintage Open Deck is available in VST 3, VST 2.4 and AU plug-in format, allowing for multi-instance use with DAWs such as Cubase, Nuendo, WaveLab and Logic.

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