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Tape Deck Plugins- Want to Demo a decent one - No iLock tho Saturation Plugins
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Tape Deck Plugins- Want to Demo a decent one - No iLock tho

I'm interested in demoing a decent Tape Deck Plugin..I don't have iLok..Need it to be compatible with AU as well

Wondering if any of you have a suggestion as to something that is representative of the current tech-good and useful.. and one that doesn't require iLok..I'll do anything else except that..for now.

thanks!
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Tape deck plugins trying to be real hardware soooo bad
Old 1 week ago
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UAD
U-He Satin
Waves
Black Rooster Audio

Is this what you're looking for? I'm sure there's a whole bunch of non-iLok tape emulation plug-ins.

My preference is for U-He Satin and Softube (though that's iLok).
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Tape deck plugins trying to be real hardware soooo bad
Excellent contribution to the conversation.
Old 1 week ago
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UAD is cool stuff. ATR-102 is a lot to wrap your head around, but it's pretty neat.

Massey Tape Head is pretty great too. Especially the updated version.
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UAD is cool stuff. ATR-102 is a lot to wrap your head around, but it's pretty neat.

Massey Tape Head is pretty great too. Especially the updated version.
If the OP is trying to avoid a dongle, recommending UAD might be off his list as well.
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Excellent contribution to the conversation.
Slightly better than yours though. A joke about iLok, which I don't use because who needs to be in a position of being unable to work due to non-present hardware if they're not using hardware. I'll skip your product entirely, thanks, plenty of great options out there. ONE time of not being able to access your work due to this is one time too many.

My guess is that software companies are losing more business by requiring iLok than they would by the pirating that takes place without it.
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If the OP is trying to avoid a dongle, recommending UAD might be off his list as well.


Oh, Decapitator too. Requires an iLok account, but you don't need to have a physical dongle (uhhh huh huh h huh hhh huhhh) plugged into your computer.

The "A" mode is a tape thang. It sounds rad. I use that plugin on basically everything now.
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Hornet, SKNote and Reelbus. All good inexpensive and no dongle.......
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thanks folks,

funny how it seems like whenever i want to demo something, it's accessible without iLok or somesuch, just a sign up, usually

..and now when i go to demo this type of plug im getting shut off eveywhere..i spose it's because the bigger name companies are making the ones worth checking out...
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The "A" mode is a tape thang. It sounds rad. I use that plugin on basically everything now.
as far as I recall, Decap 'A' is trying to be an Ampex preamp.
Old 1 week ago
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Reelbus here.
It's deep enough to tweak and yet simple enough for a fast preset just to get a vibe going.
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Slightly better than yours though. A joke about iLok, which I don't use because who needs to be in a position of being unable to work due to non-present hardware if they're not using hardware. I'll skip your product entirely, thanks, plenty of great options out there. ONE time of not being able to access your work due to this is one time too many.

My guess is that software companies are losing more business by requiring iLok than they would by the pirating that takes place without it.
Let's not turn this into an iLok discussion. OP stated his preference, didn't ask for opinions on iLok.

Thanks.
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Roundtone is only $30 and is getting a major free update soon(ish).
Sure, major free update soon - like all of Quinto's products

SKnote is great, but only buy them if you're perfectly happy with the plugin in the state it is. Updates are far and few between and the developer is somewhat polarizing in his customer interaction... I will leave it at that

I really like BRA's Magnetite (mentioned it in another topic today even!) for ease of use - KClip's tape mode is also really nice on things like drums (albeit not a tape-centric plug)
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One more for Reelbus. And the upcoming new version is just awesome with a lot of features!
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I'm digging Black Rooster Magnetite a lot. It's been too long since I used analog tape to say whether it sounds like tape, but it sounds good to me in a way that reminds me of the way tape used to sound good to me, if that makes any sense. The interface is simple, usable, and fun. You can get quite a broad range of sounds by switching the tape formulations, bias and speed controls, and tweaking the relation between input and output gain. One "secret weapon" I've discovered is that you can add some life to a static track by turning the wow/flutter control up just a wee bit, to the first notch or even less. The effect is quite subtle, but the track just kind of wakes up a bit.
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Softube Tape is a good one, not a 'distortion box' like many others but with a more subtle sound.
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Reelbus, Satin...
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I'm digging Black Rooster Magnetite a lot. It's been too long since I used analog tape to say whether it sounds like tape, but it sounds good to me in a way that reminds me of the way tape used to sound good to me, if that makes any sense. The interface is simple, usable, and fun. You can get quite a broad range of sounds by switching the tape formulations, bias and speed controls, and tweaking the relation between input and output gain. One "secret weapon" I've discovered is that you can add some life to a static track by turning the wow/flutter control up just a wee bit, to the first notch or even less. The effect is quite subtle, but the track just kind of wakes up a bit.

This one did't require iLok so I downloaded it and temp licensed it..

Not bad, i could see using this effect. I put it on a vocal track in a thing I'm working on and it did some interesting things..definitely a decent way to dirty up a track a little bit when necessary..some nice stuff going on with a couple of guitar tracks as well..


thanks for that..

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One more for Reelbus. And the upcoming new version is just awesome with a lot of features!
And another. In fact, anyone on a budget who wants a bundle of excellent meat and potatoes plugins and no crazy worthless stuff just get a Toneboosters bundle.
Bus Tools and Track Essentials together are only about $80. You'll never hear the phrase "no brainer" used more than in a thread with toneboosters mentioned : )
Old 5 days ago
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Or Hornet..... Great stuff and price has no bearing on how great his stuff is. The tape is great to my ears and I like as much as Reelbus. SDRR may give you a tape like flavor for very little money also.....
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One more for Reelbus. And the upcoming new version is just awesome with a lot of features!
Pray tell...
Old 5 days ago
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U-he Satin. XLN RC20

Also check Fabfilter saturn, it has a tape mode as well as many other distortion modes.
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Not sure if its free but Voxengo makes one called the CRTIV Tape Bus plug-in.
Its by far the best I've come across in how it actually mimics tape and that's coming from a guy who spend 30 years recording to tape.
Besides it being able to EQ properly for different tape speeds, the record gain and saturation are about as close to tape you're going to get. I often use this on guitar tracks and I'm able to emulate the way I used to saturate tape using hot recording levels. Used lightly it can be used to add air at the top end too.

If you're new to recording digital and unfamiliar with recording to tape, most tape saturation plugins are going to be one of the tougher tools to use properly. Not all tape sounded good and it was far easier to under or oversaturate a track then most people realize. It was a real art form getting that signal to simply grow hair but retain most of its sound. It was typically in the later stages mastering when you knew if you got it right.

Using a plugin isn't nearly as difficult as actually pushing tape to the edge, but knowing what that edge is would be very tough if you don't have that needed experience. I can see many people trying out these plugins and completely overlooking what they are designed for. Takes allot experimentation to get them to do the things you need them for. You'll discover most people who complain about sterile sounding recordings are the same people who don't know how to apply tape saturation.

If its your first trial, I'd start off using it on the main buss with recordings you thought were mastered as good as they can be, then check out all the possible settings. After that you can try it on separate tracks or on busses. Keep the setting mild for most situations. Tape saturation is something you have to concentrate on to hear. You should be able to completely ignore its use 99% of the time or only recognize it when doing and A/B comparison with it bypassed.
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Not sure if its free but Voxengo makes one called the CRTIV Tape Bus plug-in.
$34.95

That's not too bad.
Old 4 days ago
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It’s not cheap, but there is Overloud Tapedeck to consider.
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Goodhertz WowCTRL
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Apparently not a popular opinion, but I feel very strong in saying:

Realism: R2R by CDSM for Nebula

Noticeable creative effect: DAW Tape by Klevgrand

^^my opinion, but I will double down on these. The most impressive by a wide margin in their categories.
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