Tape Emulation roundup

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Autobot
KVRian
680 posts since 27 Mar, 2013

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:21 am

:D so I would like to know how many options are available to transform my DAW into a tape machine :lol: Over the holidays I want to try them all :hihi: I'm aware of Reelbus, Satin, Roundtone, Airwindows Emus. I own and love Satin and the Airwindows ones but what is else out there? Win 64 bit preferred. TIA
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KVRian
699 posts since 28 May, 2010 from Finland

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:33 am

airwindows and Nebula are the best.

The "noisiness" of tape sound can be exaggerated and tuned by mixing in some light atmosphere such as a nature ambience or traffic noise or something. When it's lightly mixed in it can give the impression of being "tape noise", rather than what it really is.

sl1200mk2
KVRist
143 posts since 6 Jun, 2003

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:47 am

I really like Softube Tape and it's probably my most used native tape plugin. I also like the UAD Ampex ATR-102, but that's limited to their platform. A lot of people like Slate VTM as well, but I haven't used it much.

Winstontaneous
KVRAF
1771 posts since 15 Feb, 2006 from Berkeley, CA

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:00 am

Goodhertz Wow Control, ToneBoosters Ferox, Voxengo CRTIV Tape Bus too.

I mostly use Airwindows (just discovered TapeDust - wow!) or the "Tape Saturation" in ToneBoosters Barricade 4.
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ChamomileShark
KVRAF
1759 posts since 12 May, 2004 from Oxford, UK

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:05 am

there are also the Waves Audio tape emulations - but wait until they turn up at $29.

If you have Reaktor there are a number of ensembles for that. NI just brought out a list which includes VHS tape too.

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KVRAF
2329 posts since 22 Aug, 2012

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:33 am

I like Softube Tape, another couple for the list would be Overloud Tapedesk and Black Rooster Magnetite.

*Just noticed Magnetite is 50% off with code SPRINGSALE_CW14 until April 7th.

heyheycnv
KVRist
100 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:18 pm

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Jax Pok
KVRian
652 posts since 2 Mar, 2015 from UK

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:36 am

I really like Softube tape I used Slate Digital Virtual Tape machine. The Softube one sounds smoother.

I think rather than go for the most accurate, demo them all and choose the one you think makes your music sound the best.

4tune
KVRian
980 posts since 7 Nov, 2003

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:43 pm

heyheycnv wrote:Image
Just re-discovered this plug in my folder. Has been fantastic for smoothing out hihat transients that I was having some trouble with. Nicely removed the `hashiness` and got them to sit better with the rest of the beat. Could just nudge the input drive to get the transients where I wanted them.


Will be shooting out with some other tape plugs now for sure.

badass_billy
KVRist
100 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:19 pm

4tune wrote:
heyheycnv wrote:Image
Just re-discovered this plug in my folder. Has been fantastic for smoothing out hihat transients that I was having some trouble with. Nicely removed the `hashiness` and got them to sit better with the rest of the beat. Could just nudge the input drive to get the transients where I wanted them.


Will be shooting out with some other tape plugs now for sure.
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sleepcircle
KVRian
718 posts since 28 Nov, 2016

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:32 pm

i don't really like waves' tape emulation. it doesn't have much "sparkle" and there's a weird impression i get of a kind of crinkly unpleasantness somewhere up in the upper register. i haven't used any of the others to compare but u-he satin is really REALLY good.

s28
KVRist
382 posts since 9 Aug, 2017

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:02 pm

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heavymetalmixer
KVRian
580 posts since 8 Jan, 2017

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:08 pm

Airwindows ToTape 5, FromTape, IronOxide 5 and IronOxide Classic. VOS FerricTDS too.

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DrReacto
KVRist
141 posts since 21 Apr, 2016 from US

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:20 pm

Don't forget McDsp Analog Channel 2.

HcDoom
KVRian
1173 posts since 18 Feb, 2012

Re: Tape Emulation roundup

Post Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:25 am

I rarely use them these days and sometimes mixes sound much better without them. But if I have to use it, it would either Softube Tape or Slate VTM.

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