Toneboosters ReelBus by zinzin
The ToneBooster ReelBus is a software tape simulation designed for the stereosum but also highly useable for single channles. The "bang for buck" is astonishing: 15 Euro!
Compared to the competition it has a lot of features, some unique ones: saturation, inter-modulation effects, bias dependencies, tape hiss, asperity noise, wow and flutter, and clipping of electronic circuitry. But the manual is very clear on all options and therefore it's easy to use.
I own a real tapemachine, a cheap one, but a real one and therefor i say that ReelBus gets near the flavour of a tape machine but does not nail it. My main complain is that it is not able to smooth transients like tape does. ReelBus works more like a EQ, you can hear this particularly well when switching between the presets. But playing with the options available you can make the signals sound "better" within a few clicks and as stated before, get near a tape flavour. It adds a tiny bit of 3D feeling which is a good thing.