Softube Tape - A Tape Plugin With 3 Machines in One!
What is Tape Saturation?
Tape saturation is an analogue tape recording phenomenon. This determines a condition in which the amount of voltage exceeds the capacity of the tape to record it. The voltage is sent to an electromagnet in the recording head when the signal is sent to a tape-recorded device. The surface of the plastic film (or tape) is made of oxide-iron powder. The recording head of the recorder magnetises each of the iron oxide particles on the tape in different amounts overtime to record the signal on the tape. This becomes a linear reflection of the original alternating current, and the saturation takes place here.
Analog tape has a smoothing effect and adds a mix of weight and glue, converting the recording into a song from a series of individual tracks, where everything is linked and works together. The Softube Tape Plugin gives you all the warm classic analogue cohesion you might want in one plug-in, with its component-level and physical modelling of three separate tape machines. Add a few premium-level features, such as the high shelf filter for mastering-grade, stability control, and wet/dry mix knob, and you have a new secret sauce. The Tape plugin from Softube adds cohesion and weight to your mixes. It also provides the ease of use and low CPU strain that music creators rightly anticipate today.
It is common practise for computer-based professional studios, even in this day and age, to run their mixes through at least one generation of analogue tape. why? Because analogue tape has a smoothing effect even when used subtly and adds consistency and weight to a mix, it takes the recording from a collection of individual tracks into a song where everything is connected and works together. You can have all that and more with Softube’s Tape plugin.
Softube Tape - Three Machines in One!
Three separate tape machine types in one tape plugin are included in the Softube Tape. Type A, known and respected for its accuracy and linearity, is based on a classic Swiss high-end reel-to-reel machine. Type B is much more colourful; it is a computer-based on transformer that adds extra weight and cream to the low end. Finally, with a distinctly retro vibe, Type C is based on a British tape machine.
Ease of Use
Select your favourite tape machine type, and adjust the Amount knob to taste. In most cases, that’s all you need to do to soak your tracks in analogue tape sweetness. Easier still, load up one of the included presets, made by award-winning engineers such as Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Strokes) and Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson). Why not start by trying the different tape speed settings—you’ll find that the slower the tape speed, the more pronounced is the so-called tape head bump, which adds a low end to the mix. Or open the Remote Control panel where you can control the selected tape machine’s speed stability, crosstalk amount and several other tape-a-luscious features.
Dense Sound, Light on CPU
Add a single instance of Tape Plugin on your master bus to emulate what most computer-based studios do today—mix in the computer, then mix down to a stereo tape machine—or go vintage style by adding Tape to every single track in your mix. Yes, your computer will be able to handle it. As with most Softube plugins, Tape is uniquely light on your computer’s processor.
There are many ways to use a tape machine to misuse it, and many modern engineers have never had the experience of dealing with an analogue machine that is real (reel to reel). That’s why Softube Tape Plugin includes presets produced by award-winning engineers, as we mentioned earlier, to get you started. But keep in mind that, there’s no wrong answer. Crank Tape to its extremes and you’ll get sounds that wouldn’t even be possible in most analogue machines, at extra-slow speeds for example, or with insane, wow & flutter.
Extras for Studio One Users
If you run Presonus Studio One, you can not only use Tape as a standard plug-in. Adding Tape to your MixFX slot gives you Tape Multitrack. Tape Multitrack includes all the goodies of Tape, but in addition, you get selectable crosstalk between each individual track—and you can easily control the Tape Multitrack settings from a single interface. The Tape and Tape Multitrack license is one and the same. This means that if you’re not a Studio One user but at some future point decide to switch to that DAW, you will already have Tape Multitrack installed, licensed and ready to go.
- Mac: OS X 10.12 or newer (64-bit only).
- Windows: 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
- Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
- RAM: 8 GB or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
- A Softube Account is required to register and install the software.
- An iLok account is required for the authorisation of the software.
- Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
- iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
- Supported Formats: VST, VST3, AU, or AAX.
- The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.
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