OK so I have the Kramer and VTM
plugins. Since I'm never buying the UAD dongle that omits me from trying their stuff (although I'm sure they're very good).
As with some of the other Waves plugins, I tested this really trying to be careful with the gain staging. Overall, I kept all the settings very conservative and what I did like was that at least in Live it has a relatively light CPU footprint. I also like how there is no dongle although to be honest I will probably be looking to blend this with my other tape emulations on a per track basis based on how best each one will be suited.
As for Satin, I'm waiting on the Rack Extension version as most of my music originates in Reason. Can't wait for that one!
Much like the Slate plugs (VCC/VTM) and even with Waves NLS this seems to have the desired effect if done conservatively and over a number of tracks. Then you hear the soft edge with an added thickness that to my ears represents that tape sound that I love hearing on my finished songs.
If you put it on just one stereo mix and crank things up it becomes more of an effects box (as do other similar plugins from Waves). At least this is my take on it.
Very happy they made this!
FYI - Waves Universe has this on offer for $128 if you want it now but don't feel like paying the full price!