Softube plug-ins tend to be notably pricey, even on sale. From time to time, though, the chance to snag a Softube plug-in for less does appear. Such is the case with Tape, the Swedish developer’s snazzy tape machine emulation. Our friends at Plugin Boutique are selling it for just EUR 39, which amounts to a 60% discount!
Reel to reel
Tape emulates three different tape machines for that added silk, warmth and compression you get from analog tape. Type A is a Swiss high-end tape machine with a precision sound, Type B is richer in color, and Type C is distinctly vintage.
The plug-in is beautiful and also quite simple to use. Choose the type of tape machine and twist the Amount knob to taste. You can also grab onto the presets, done by industry pros like Joe Chiccarelli and Howard Willing. There’s the possibility to dig in deeper, if you wish. There are tape speed settings, as well as speed stability, crosstalk, and other tweakables.
Also of note is that PreSonus Studio one users are treated to simulated crosstalk between channels with Tape inserted, along with Tape Multitrack control from a single interface. Nice!
As with any tape machine emulation, softening of the transients is to be expected. So take critical care when inserting Tape or any other plug-in on your mix bus, especially if mixing heavy music.
Price and specifications
Tape runs on 64-bit Mac OS X 10.12 or later / Windows 7 or later in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats. An iLok account (free) or USB dongle (v2 and up) is required for authorization. The price from Plugin Boutique is EUR 39 (affiliate link).