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Virtual Tape Machines (VTM)

Tape Emulation Plugin by Slate Digital
Virtual Tape Machines (VTM) by Slate Digital 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.
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iLok USB Only
Important Note
iLok 2 or 3 USB dongle required
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Virtual Tape Machines is designed to have the big, fat, warm, deep, rich, of Analog Tape Machines.

To capture the sound of tape is to capture a living, breathing sound that dynamically reacts to the music going on to it. Slate Digital utilized their electrical engineering resources as a foundation for a comprehensive study of the physical processes that occur when recording to analog tape through a tape machine.

Two industry-standard machines were precisely modeled including a 2 inch 16 track from NRG Recording, and a ½ inch 2 track machine from Howie Weinberg Mastering, the VTM is designed to give mixes an authentic analog vibe with dimension, fatness, depth, and warmth.


  • Two tape machine types:
  • 2" 16 track.
  • 1/2" mastering deck.
  • Two tape formulations.
  • Two speeds: 15 ips and 30 ips.
  • Noise reduction control and auto mute.
  • Wow & Flutter control.
  • Bass alignment control.
  • Normal, Low & High Bias settings.
  • Level Calibration.
  • VU ballistics.
  • Grouping control.
  • Settings global or per channel.
  • Tape reels start and stop in sync with DAW transport.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
Virtual Tape Machines (VTM)

Reviewed By Pheek [all]
May 23rd, 2017
Version reviewed: on Mac

I have been really interested in tape emulation plugins to balance the use I do with my HEDD 192 from Cranesong. I wanted alternatives for occasional works, especially when it comes to quick digital fixes. I had decided to get the subscription from Slate Digital and was happy to see the Virtual Tape was included. Using this plugin for the last year has been providing incredible results. Sometimes, it's really close to my hardware in terms of warmth it can provide or for the low end it brings out of any songs. For electronic music, in a mixdown situation, it really does a great difference on the kicks and basses. I can only recommend it.

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