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Question about tape emulation (#4,567) - but focused on a short term solution
Old 21st April 2007
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Question about tape emulation (#4,567) - but focused on a short term solution

Searching through the vaults of GS, I stumbled across a post about digital tape emulation where member Kiwiburger described the elements of tape.

He says:

Originally Posted by Kiwiburger View Post
Tape sound can be broken down into several audible, measurable components.

Some people may argue that true tape sound can never be emulated - I'm not so sure. But I am 100% confident that any emulation that fails to include all of the audible, measurable components will never be convincing. Sadly, all emulations that I know about fail to include all components.

Wow & flutter/modulation
Dynamic range restriction/compression
Eq curve
Phase shift

He also went on to state:

Originally Posted by Kiwiburger View Post

IMO - there is no single software designer who is best at implementing all of these different effects digitally. Which is probably why nobody has completely nailed a great tape sound emulation. But by combining a bunch of different plugins, each selected for their quality, and combining them skillfully to taste, I believe it's possible to sound better than tape.

Now, I own Voxengo Tapebus, and this plugin addresses a few of these tape charateristics. I would like to know what plugin I could use to emulate hiss/noise, modulation, phase shift, and harmonics.

And I'm not clear on what modulation and phase shift are in the tape domain. Could anyone explain?

BTW- I can't afford a tape machine right now. So please be minimal with the sarcastic jokes about "plug-in a tape machine" or the other creative ways you guys have to poke fun. thanks
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