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The Press Desk 11th June 2019 10:48 PM

IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Tape Machine Collection for T-RackS 5
 
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IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Tape Machine Collection for T-RackS 5

New tape sim plug-ins recreate the iconic character of four classic tape machines

IK Multimedia has released the T-RackS® Tape Machine Collection for its industry standard T-RackS mixing and mastering software workstation. This new collection of plug-ins recreates the iconic sound and character of four classic tape recording machines from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s: the Ampex® 440B, the Studer® A80, the MCI® JH24 and the Revox® PR99. In addition to finely detailed machine emulations, the collection also offers a selection of reel-to-reel tape formulas, variable tape speed, transport controls, and other tone shaping features.

Many of the world's greatest songs were recorded on analog tape machines and featured the desirable and pleasing saturation, EQ and cohesion that could only come from a tape machine. Today, working with classic machines can be an expensive and time-consuming proposition. The T-RackS Tape Machine Collection offers this sought after warmth and character in a cost-effective package with a modern-day, practical workflow.

This new collection is the culmination of two years of full time research and development on real world-class machines. Each machine went through a complete electronic and mechanical renovation to bring it perfectly back "to specs" before IK's DSP engineering team took each stage apart, studying and analysing them to produce a model of the entire magnetic tape recording process.

This model works in symbiosis with a powerful dynamic convolution engine to capture the full essence of the real machine, and the T-RackS Tape Machine Collection faithfully brings all this magic right to any DAW.

Four pieces of history

The T-RackS Tape Machine Collection bundles together 4 new plug-ins, each also available individually:

Tape Machine 440: The Ampex 440B series dates from the late 1960's and delivers an unmistakably soulful colour that made this professional and historic mixing and mastering machine a legend. This superb blend of art and technology has the power to turn mixes into finished tracks.

Tape Machine 80: The legendary Studer A80 Mk II, in its various revisions, is an essential part of countless influential records. Engineered and manufactured in Switzerland from 1970 to 1988, it became the de facto standard for professional high-end multi-tracking. The A80's sonic signature is a perfect blend between transparency and subtle harmonic enhancement.

Tape Machine 24: A model of the MCI JH24. First produced in 1980, the JH24 was a staple in US studios during the 1980s. This completely transformerless, high performance op-amp-based design delivers a pristine, phase coherent and remarkably true-to-the-source audio performance. This results in a moderate and elegant polish.

Tape Machine 99: The Revox PR99 Mk II is a stereo professional recorder produced by Studer in the 1980s. Engineered around a hybrid design that combines the best of discrete and op-amp topologies, this model offers a very smooth frequency response, especially on bass, with almost no trace of the typical "head bump" phenomenon. A standard for broadcast and classical music, this machine was appreciated by audiophiles for its exceptional sonic quality.

Four magic formulas

Each plug-in in the Tape Machine Collection offers a selection of four different tape formulations, each with its own unique tone.

250: Modelled after the 3M/Scotch 250 formula, it is the most coloured of the four formulas. It went in production around 1974 and delivers a warm tone with slightly more distortion and saturation than the other formulas included in the package.

456: Modelled after the Ampex 456 formula, this model went into production around 1974. Perhaps the most widely used tape, it contributed the most to what is considered "the" tape sound. It offers a warm, round tone with a slight touch of saturation that greatly responds to the recording level.

GP9: Modelled after the Quantegy GP9 formula, this tape accepts higher levels of signal with minimal distortion and compression, is very punchy and perfect for modern high-quality analog recordings.

499: Modelled after the Ampex 499 formula, this tape is designed to handle a great amount of level with minimal distortion and compression. It also exhibits added high frequency definition that makes it perfect for printing "digital-like" recordings, while still maintaining an analog sound.

Comprehensive Controls
All Tape Machines Collection plug-ins share the same set of controls to enhance the ease of use and allow for quick A-B comparisons among them. Key features include:

Signal path selection: With "Input", the signal only passes through the input and output electronic stages of the recorders, bypassing the tape. Depending on how the recorder is designed, the Input path can sound extremely transparent or just slightly more coloured. "Repro" passes the signal through the entire analog recording system: input, recording amplifier, recording head, tape, playback head, playback preamplifier and output stage.

True Stereo: Even a perfectly aligned tape machine will have slight level, EQ and distortion differences between the left and right channels. The T-RackS Tape Machines Collection perfectly recreates these subtle differences to deliver the real experience. This feature can be disabled if desired.

Tape Speed: Select the speed of the tape transport between 7 1/2 and 15 or 15 and 30 inches per second ("ips"), depending on the tape machine used. The higher speed offers more fidelity, and the lower speed delivers a warmer, rounder tone.

Transport Modeling: Precisely models the behaviour of the mechanical transport. Small irregularities in the movement of the tape create various degrees of sonic alteration to the audio, especially between the two channels. This control can also be disabled.

Record Bias: Ideal bias voltage settings provide maximum sensitivity and low distortion. Intentionally overbiasing is a common technique to produce a warmer, gently saturated sound. Underbiasing can be used to boost the high frequencies in a truly unique way and add distortion and other nonlinear effects.

Flexible use options
Like all T-RackS processors, the individual T-RackS Tape Machines offer two ways to work: as a single plug-in, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell.

The T-RackS Shell allows users to combine any of the 43 T-RackS processors in a single instance. Create custom combinations of processors, using both series and parallel routing, that take up only a single plug-in spot in any DAW and can be saved and recalled for lightning-fast workflows.

This Shell offers offers a unique, modular system with up to 16-processor chains, easy A/B/C/D comparison, up to 192 kHz / 32-bit floating point processing and much more, and works as both a plug-in and stand-alone mastering application.

Pricing and availability
The T-RackS Tape Machine Collection bundle and individual Tape Machine Singles are available now in the IK Multimedia online store, Custom Shop and from IK authorized dealers worldwide.

For a limited time through June 30, 2019, the T-RackS Tape Machine Collection bundle will be available at a special introductory price of only $/€99.99*. Each Tape Machine Single will also have a special introductory price of $/€79.99*.

After June 30, The Tape Machine Singles will be offered for $/€99.99* each, and the T-RackS Tape Machine Collection featuring all four machines will be offered for $/€199.99* (a saving of 50% compared to purchasing individual models separately).

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information about T-RackS Tape Machine Collection, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/trtapemac

To see T-RackS Tape Machine Collection in action, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/trtapemac/video

imaginaryday 11th June 2019 10:49 PM

Introducing the T-RackS Tape Machine Collection
 

bgood 11th June 2019 10:59 PM

Interesting... modeling is something that IK does particularly well... I need a new tape emu like I need a second bunghole, but yet, I’ll almost certainly buy this

Lol

jdtrbn 11th June 2019 11:14 PM

To me the most interesting part is the "true stereo" mode. I've been waiting for something like this!

Jeezo 11th June 2019 11:46 PM

Guyz i rely on you since i m out of town , until tomorow , waiting for feedbacks. ...

Notheorem729 12th June 2019 12:09 AM

Everytime a new tape plugin comes out i get super excited, stress out and test it against every plugin I own and miss the intro sale, wait until the next sale, write support for a new trial period, stress out and test again until the final hour of the sale, find the cheapest possible price on the internet, decide I don't have enough time left to decide and miss the sale, wake up the next day and find out the sale is based on a foreign time zone so I have another day, buy it, use it on two mixes, then file it away in the folder full of plugins I only use to test against new anxious purchases.

I'm excited, these look great... :lol:

johnnynash 12th June 2019 12:13 AM

Lets see what IK can bring to the table. So far none of the tape emu's actually sounds like real tape, to my ears anyway.

elcct 12th June 2019 12:26 AM

I'll check tomorrow. I like that the four tape formulations have been carefully selected. I wonder how it would have sounded like if the selection process was reckless. abduction

bgood 12th June 2019 12:27 AM

Fuxt me.... Bought it... It sounds great....

Beatworld 12th June 2019 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by bgood (Post 14033826)
Fuxt me.... Bought it... It sounds great....

Which of the 4 “its” are you liking most so far in this short period of time ?

td moyer 12th June 2019 12:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bgood (Post 14033826)
Fuxt me.... Bought it... It sounds great....

In other news, scientists are baffled at how quickly humans have evolved to have two bungholes. :heh:

bgood 12th June 2019 12:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beatworld (Post 14033833)
Which of the 4 “its” are you liking most so far in this short period of time ?

I just put all four on the two buss and cycled through very quickly after level compensating... they all sound great... and different from one another... lots of girth... demo it

omkar 12th June 2019 12:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Notheorem729 (Post 14033806)
Everytime a new tape plugin comes out i get super excited, stress out and test it against every plugin I own and miss the intro sale, wait until the next sale, write support for a new trial period, stress out and test again until the final hour of the sale, find the cheapest possible price on the internet, decide I don't have enough time left to decide and miss the sale, wake up the next day and find out the sale is based on a foreign time zone so I have another day, buy it, use it on two mixes, then file it away in the folder full of plugins I only use to test against new anxious purchases.

I'm excited, these look great... :lol:

Hahaha, I`m looking into a mirror

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beatworld (Post 14033833)
Which of the 4 “its” are you liking most so far in this short period of time ?

The price?


Waiting for feedback as well ...

bgood 12th June 2019 12:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by td moyer (Post 14033844)
In other news, scientists are baffled at how quickly humans have evolved to have two bungholes. :heh:

I just hope I don’t get the diarrheas

Dr. Mordo 12th June 2019 01:27 AM

I'm pretty excited about these. But I am unfortunately broke.

jdtrbn 12th June 2019 01:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beatworld (Post 14033833)
Which of the 4 “its” are you liking most so far in this short period of time ?

24 for punch, 440 for crunch. 80 can sound similar to 24, except for the bass.
99 could be interesting at 7.5, but didn't prefer it on anything yet.

Positive first impressions of true stereo+transport modeling, but needs more testing (obviously).

M2E 12th June 2019 02:07 AM

Oh lord sorry but I have to complain, the updating everything before you can demo it is ridiculous to be honest and this point in the game.
So I have to install the latest full installer? 1.5gig.:facepalm:

Thank God all companies don't do this. Really annoying.

I own all their plugins ala T-Racks but never actually use them in a mix. I keep them around because.... I don't know.

So many great plugins.

Once the installer is downloaded, I'll check'em out. I have so many tape plugins and never really use them now but we'll see how these sound.

Marcabduction

Notheorem729 12th June 2019 02:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by omkar (Post 14033848)
Hahaha, I`m looking into a mirror


The price?


Waiting for feedback as well ...

The struggle is real

M2E 12th June 2019 02:49 AM

k, once I got past the install process I tried all 4 out.

My impression: The Good

They all sound good and different from what's out there off hand. I haven't A/B'ed against anything.

Tape 80 is the stand out. That thing has amazing sat and that soft yet thick tape gooey sound. Great job.

The Bad: All the plugins take from 43% to 74% of cpu power. It was very random.

On that note alone, I can't even think about getting them. Just not real life. I'll wait to see if they ever bring that down to being able to mix.:facepalm:

Maybe they would be good for like Mastering. Not mixing.

JusMyTake, Marc:deth:

electro 12th June 2019 02:59 AM

The IK Leslie was done well so if its the same modelling tech behind the Tape it should be interesting.

M2E 12th June 2019 03:47 AM

So I put it up against some of the other plugins I have and the only one that sounded like it was the Fabfilter Saturn or at least close to the Tape I liked for IK. To be honest, it sounded really close. The Fabfilter sounded a little better when I put it in HQ and added an amazing 4% to the already 2% it was using. Shame on Fabfilter.

Main question, is it worth it? To me, no. I don't see where I would use it.
Tape is to be on multiple tracks or at least a few.

Oh well, Thanks, Marcabduction

omkar 12th June 2019 04:00 AM

Ugh, cpu hogs are not my best friends atm but will watch development.

bgood 12th June 2019 04:01 AM

It’s definitely on the heavier side of cpu... but I just noticed I had my buffers set at 32 (I did just slap it on the session that was open which was a tracking session lol)

In general, my thought with this type of plugin is commit and render... the Softube tape is a little different in studio one because of the way it can interact with the summing engine...

DavidABatson 12th June 2019 04:02 AM

CPU hogs....

Dr. Mordo 12th June 2019 04:16 AM

I'm ok with CPU hogs if they sound good. For now I'll use it during mastering, and in two years processors will have caught up enough that I can run as many instances as I want.

How does the CPU hit compare to Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates, which is the biggest CPU hog I currently have?

rdstreets 12th June 2019 04:22 AM

Demoed it and will have to pass. Granted I have an older Mac but Softube Tape and Slate VTM work fine (even multiple instances).

I just placed the stereo models on my master buss on a very small project and got nothing but stutter.

Maybe in a few years when I upgrade my hardware and IK codes more efficiency into these tools.

Lastly I’m curious why they didn’t code a toggle switch to flip between model selections vs having them as separate plugins?

galaydees 12th June 2019 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by rdstreets (Post 14034102)
I’m curious why they didn’t code a toggle switch to flip between model selections vs having them as separate plugins?

Tape decks now sold separately ™️

Jeezo 12th June 2019 05:19 AM

Anyone made a deep comparaison to what s hot aka Taupe / softube tape / tapedesk ect ...
Really concerned abot the cpu man ... in sessions full of console 1 and all , i can t stand no more stuff like waves chambers and all ...can we lower the oversampling ?

If i recall welll they already had this issues with some tracks eq s emu s and went lowering cpu ...nope ?

M2E 12th June 2019 06:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeezo (Post 14034153)
Anyone made a deep comparaison to what s hot aka Taupe / softube tape / tapedesk ect ...
Really concerned abot the cpu man ... in sessions full of console 1 and all , i can t stand no more stuff like waves chambers and all ...can we lower the oversampling ?

If i recall welll they already had this issues with some tracks eq s emu s and went lowering cpu ...nope ?

Yeah they are cpu hogs bigtime. Kinda like the 432 EQ which is their biggest cpu hog until now. This triples that. I don't think it's needed but maybe they can explain. I think they usually have a rep on here. I'm sure they are watching this thread to see what people are saying.

Marcabduction

cprompt 12th June 2019 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by M2E (Post 14034229)
Yeah they are cpu hogs bigtime. Kinda like the 432 EQ which is their biggest cpu hog until now. This triples that. I don't think it's needed but maybe they can explain. I think they usually have a rep on here. I'm sure they are watching this thread to see what people are saying.

Marcabduction

On KVR, Peter stated that these plugins run at 192 Khz internally. That probably explains a chunk of the CPU!