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 Tape Bus by GBSoundlab is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
Tape Bus
Product Tape Bus
Developer GBSoundlab
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Analog Saturation
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
VST, VST3 (32 / 64-bit) Windows 7, and above
Downloads Released
System Requirements
AU, VST, VST3 (32 / 64-bit) Mac OS 10.7, and above
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Tape Bus, recreates the behavior of hardware circuitry when subjected to work in the non-linear or saturation zone.

On the one hand, an analog bus emulation, and on the other, the typical treble compression in the recording of tape. In recording with tape recorders, a high frequency compensating circuit is included in the recording step that amplifies them (pre-emphasis), to later attenuate them in the reproduction (de-emphasis). For this reason, when we force the circuitry with a greater pitch of the sound signal, a compression of the high frequencies is created from 2250 Hz, creating the typical stuck and crushed sound, producing a greater sustain and a better insertion in the mix.

Its adjustment is always made with an incoming signal close to (0 db), easy to achieve on any bus or group, such as; percussion group, synth, or channel of any instrument. The voices treated with the Tape bus, practically do not need compression, thus obtaining a response with much greater dynamics.

We will adjust the fader, with a signal input between (-4 and 0 db) until we hear the filling effect. (The fader design is AUTOGAIN) and therefore its movement only generates the effect, keeping the volume constant.

We will operate the (Emphasis) switch adjusting the amount of compression in high frequencies (its use is not always necessary), but a slight touch in voices or acoustic guitars will leave us with more silky treble.

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By marianoluis
May 18, 2020

Desde que ví la técnica de mezcla en el canal del rincón del mastering esperé el momento de que este plugin este disponible en versión VST. Muchas gracias :).

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Discussion: Active
15 May 2020 at 5:09pm

Do I understand correctly? In order to download this, I have to follow you on Instagram? Are you sure you don't want to insist that I like you on Facebook, or sing your praises on Twitter? I would honestly rather pay money that I can't afford for something commercial than stoop to such levels.

15 May 2020 at 9:09pm

I am sorry that you are angry that someone shares their own tools here. I only ask to click to have mobility in the network and to be able to continue developing free plugins and I think that it does not suppose anything strange (I do not earn money with this). In eight years that this plugin has been circulating everywhere and with thousands of downloads, all I have received are thanks for the work it does, and you are the only person who has expressed something like this.

16 May 2020 at 2:25pm

However, they're not the only user here who feels this way. Quite a few people online these days DO NOT use social media by choice, and aren't about to sign up for Mark Zuckerberg et al's malware just to get a VST. I know that might seem unusual now, but...well, get used to it, as plenty of users are abandoning those platforms due to their intrusive nature on a number of levels.

And while this might be a nifty bit of software that I could use, well, I'm in that camp as well. I don't care how well you've coded this, I'm simply NOT letting those corporate types into my machine so that I can hype your plug. And like I said, get used to this...you're apt to see it more and more in the future.

17 May 2020 at 5:20pm

Not so, a second page opens and it is voluntary to click, and it is focused on the people who are in those networks. The download page remains open in the previous tab, without having to follow anything.
There is absolutely nothing to do to get this plugin.

17 May 2020 at 6:51pm

You now have free access to the Tape Bus download. I would like us to talk about what can be done with these plugins. Cheers.

18 May 2020 at 12:52pm

First, thanks for the sharing, it's always nice to see people offer some of their competence and spare time to give great stuff :).

Saddly, I 'm agree with the others, if you must like some account, it's not free...same as giving an email adress.

It's for this kind of situation that many person, like me, have a "trash mail", an email we never consult, except for this purpose...

Like having a installer program for just copying one vst... it polute the system, and a good machine is a machine who isn't connected to internet ...

24 May 2020 at 3:19pm

It is a clean installer, without frameworks in the system. Only the plugin in the plugins folder and nothing else.


18 May 2020 at 5:38pm

Thank you! I really like the UI & it does what it supposed to do.

25 May 2020 at 5:54am

Satisfied that it is useful to you.

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Tape Bus

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