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Old 12th May 2013
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When going to tape ...

Firstly, do you do this more often than not? What is it mainly that you listen for, ie what are the most important things you gain from tape that you can't get from buss compression/EQ etc?

Lastly, how often do you go to real tape nowadays with the plugin available?

Thanks for your time!
Old 21st May 2013
The sound of the tape is like one of the greatest compressors ever made, and there is only one button, play.

Tape speed and width make a difference, as do noise reduction, but ultimately tape just has 'that' sound. It makes things bigger, larger, wider, but doesn't mess with the balances. It can also smooth out the top end. If a mix is printed to digital and analog, the digital always sounds faster to me.

Slate modeled my Studer A80 RC and that machine has big transformer sound and great headroom. A lot of records in the 80's were mixed to these machines. I use the plugin because it's a lot less maintenance and it sounds great.

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