Most comprehensive tape emulation plugin?

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KVRian
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861 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:51 am

Looking for one plugin to out-tape them all. Preferably M1/M2-native too, though compatible would suffice.

From realistic (with various types of tape, speed, mode, etc.) through to seriously wacky would be ideal.

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KVRAF
1935 posts since 22 Mar, 2002 from Timisoara, Romania

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 1:45 am

try this
is free.

Chow Tape Model
Chow Tape Model is a digital emulation of a reel-to-reel analog tape machine. The original algorithm was developed to emulate the Sony TC-260, but has since been expanded to be able to model a wide variety of tape machines.

Chow Tape was originally developed as part of the Music 420 class at Stanford University. The project led to an academic paper, "Real-Time Physical Modelling for Analog Tape Machines which was presented at the 2019 DAFx Conference.

https://chowdsp.com/products.html

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KVRAF
6061 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 2:48 am

u-he satin probably, but doesn't do wacky.
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4939 posts since 16 May, 2002 from Brisbane , Australia

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 2:54 am

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e@rs
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5362 posts since 15 Dec, 2011 from Bucharest, Romania

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 2:57 am

No Mac here, but I dig these: Aberrant DSP SketchCasette II, Fuse Audio Labs Flywheel, Sinevibes Stator, ToneBoosters ReelBus 4.

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KVRian
1440 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 2:59 am

from the ones i use, it's Chow Tape and Satin too

and Satin can do super wacky too, you have to play with various compander encoder/decoder combinations though

but of course it's Chow Tape that's the no brainer, since it's completely free (and of course awesome!), and Satin one of the more expensive ones.
It's awesome too, but while both of them could do both, Satin is generally supposed to represent the more high end reel to reel experience, while Chow Tape the (slightly) lower end units.
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blueberryjam
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8 posts since 7 Dec, 2022

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 3:34 am

The IK Tascam collection is pretty cool, it ranges from hi-fi to lo-fi cassette. But it's very CPU hungry.

Goodhertz Tupe is less realistic but also great and covers a wide range (they said they will add more tape models in the future)
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KVRAF
3177 posts since 4 May, 2012

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 3:50 am

e@rs wrote: Wed Dec 07, 2022 2:57 am No Mac here, but I dig these: Aberrant DSP SketchCasette II, Fuse Audio Labs Flywheel, Sinevibes Stator, ToneBoosters ReelBus 4.
I'll second Flywheel and ReelBus. I also use Tape by Softube. I'd say that Flywheel is quite flexible and does darkening very well; Whilst ReelBus does bright very well.

Most flexible/comprehensive has to be Chow Tape.

Honourable mention to TCS-68 - also by Fuse Audio Labs - which isn't comprehensive at all but sounds lovely if you want that old Tascam sound.

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KVRist
172 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 5:22 am

Satin is amazing. The amount of control, depth and variables it offers is unmatched.

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KVRian
1352 posts since 30 Jun, 2014 from Pacific NW

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 11:03 am

Chow is probably the most comprehensive. But, shouldn't the focus be on what sounds best to you?

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multree
AcousticHippie
4496 posts since 12 Mar, 2003

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 11:06 am

I like Wavesfactory Cassette, Baby Audio TAIP and AudioThing Reels. For Mastering I use TRacks Tape Machine 80 though.

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7494 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:55 pm

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beingmf
KVRist
184 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 1:03 pm

The combination of ChowTape (bypassing the tape part, just for wow/flutter) and Taipei (for N4 Player) is, by far, the most realistic, and if you like comprehensive, emulation available. Depth for ages!

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KVRAF
4969 posts since 6 May, 2002

Post Wed Dec 07, 2022 6:24 pm

beingmf wrote: Wed Dec 07, 2022 1:03 pm The combination of ChowTape (bypassing the tape part, just for wow/flutter) and Taipei (for N4 Player) is, by far, the most realistic, and if you like comprehensive, emulation available. Depth for ages!
Stellar reviews across the board for Taipei. Too bad that 50% sale is ended. For the algo sims I like CHOW and Satin which both have linked controls. G-Sonique AX-72 and Tonempire ReelBus are two Tape plugins that don't get as much attention. IK Multimedia has got the Tape sound right I think using convolution but controls aren't so great.
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KVRist
253 posts since 15 Mar, 2021

Post Thu Dec 08, 2022 2:14 am

I settled on Fuse Flywheel and am really more then fine with it.

SketchCasette for using tape as an effect, also it has great wow and flutter controls.

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