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Tape Simulator Plugin by u-he
Satin - Studio Mode
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u-he now supports Apple Silicon.

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Satin by u-he is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
System Requirements
Current PC
CPU with SSE2
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
1GB RAM, more recommended
20MB free disc space
display 1200x800px and up
VST2 or VST3 compatible host software
supports 32-bit and 64-bit in all formats
AAX support for Pro Tools 10 & 11
System Requirements
Current Intel-Mac
CPU with SSE2
Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
1GB RAM, more recommended
20MB free disc space
display 1200x800px and up
VST2, VST3 or AU compatible host software
supports 32-bit and 64-bit in all formats
AAX support for Pro Tools 10 & 11
Copy Protection
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Satin - Tape Machine is a plug-in offering "authentic tape simulation and beyond".


  • Continuous tape speed control from 1.87 to 30 ips.
  • Saturation with realistic bias and hysteresis, wow & flutter.
  • Rec/repro equalisation, selectable industry-standard curves.
  • Tape delay with up to 4 repro heads, on-the-fly flanging.
  • Head adjustments, various coating formulae.
  • Azimuth control for the repro head.
  • User interface zooms in 10% steps (70-200%).
  • Configuration menu to set preferences and assign MIDI controls.
  • Support for Oddsound MTS-ESP.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Rah
September 16th, 2013

Satin, for me, is what some people call a 'game changer'.

I've been trying to achieve a satisfying approximation of an analogue/hardware sound with an entirely software setup for a while, without much success.

There was a lot of pre-hype/buzz around Satin, and I (sceptic that I am) wasn't holding my breath. But I heard what the demo did to my sounds and had to have it

I find it can comfortably replace many other individual plugins that I've been chaining together in an attempt to get the sound I want; Eq, compressors, limiters, clippers, saturators etc. Using Satin massively reduces the amount of fiddling about I need to get those thick, juicy, present tones I've been craving.

For me, this is 'it'; This is VST software that has cracked it; enough that I don't crave expensive hardware anymore.

It's not a budget plugin. In fact it's the most expensive effect plugin I've purchased so far, even at the intro price. However, I think it's worth it in spades.

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Comments & Discussion for u-he Satin

Discussion: Active
8 May 2014 at 1:21pm

Alchemist as multicompressor ...do I plug in u-he satin before flux alchemist or after as the final step to master the track. Thank you.

8 May 2014 at 7:49pm

It depends. If you want the 'tape' texture or signature to be printed into the audio (of course, just in subtle amounts on the master), then Satin could be the last stage.

But typically, a tape device would be before a (multi-band) compressor. This can come very handy, since tape can easily tame transients and occasional overly harsh peak sections. This way, a succeeding dynamics device doesn't have to 'work' that hard, meaning its incoming signal is already 'prepared' in some way, more even and predictable.

8 May 2014 at 8:06pm

@sasha ...interesting tip and good to know.

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