Originally Posted by Trakworx
I can only speculate because I'm not a software developer, but the better tape plug-ins, like UAD ATR 102 & A800
, Waves KMT, Slate VTM - these are big DSP hogs. I think there's a lot of complex algorithms inside to try to emulate not just the freq response but the way tape reacts to dynamics differently at different frequencies. There's phase shift, crosstalk, wow/flutter, hysteresis, head bumps, frequency dependent saturation, different tape formulas and bias settings - these things all affect each other in real time. They interact. Tape sound involves some serious physics. That's why none of the sims have really captured all of it yet. But the point is more about real tape machines and what they can do, and it doesn't matter in the end whether it's a perception
of dynamics or a measurable increase because it's the sound to the ear that counts. I can use tape to make the bottom of a kick drum punch through more relative to a bass guitar at the same frequency - that's more than just an EQ curve at work - there's a dynamic element to it. And it's one reason why the OP might want to keep using tape in some way. Cheers,
LOL I'm even more confused after this awesome gigantic thread than when I first posted the question... people are clearly strongly opinionated on this issue...
I keep wanting there to be no difference at all between digital & tape mixes, if only to save myself the extra cost and money...
And I'm sure there is a *difference* between tape & digital bounces/mixes
Whether that translates to the typical everyday consumer of music, and whether that adds any magic special secret sauce or not... remains to be seen.
FWIW I am doing folk/rock in the vein of Cat Stevens/Elton John...
Honestly, I think I'm going to put my extra time & worry & effort into recruiting my talented friends to come in & perform/overdub rather than worry about the tape thing... I have a friend who has a machine & 3/4 of a 2" reel left, if I end up easily getting more reels & the tape mix thing comes together with my friend for a low cost, great, if not I'm gonna print it to digital and call it a day. A Mackie Onyx 1640i
sure isn't a Studer, but f*** it, I ain't rich and the main thing is that the music is clear, good, and full of an emotional performance, I'm gonna focus more on that than signal to noise ratio lol I get a little bogged down in the 'right'/'perfect' way to record sometimes... guess I'll just have to try it out this time and see what happens, wish me luck!