Get the sound of a prized vintage tape machine into your DAW with the IK Multimedia Tape Machine 440, a downloadable plug-in that works in your Digital Audio Workstation, or within the T-RackS CS standalone application. This software uses dynamic convolution and physical modeling to capture all the warmth, low-end character, high-sheen, and glue-like qualities of a heralded piece of analog gear, the Ampex AG440B stereo recorder.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Ampex AG440B was used as the final bottleneck at the end of the chain—the gear through which you’d always want to print your final stereo mix. Now, you can slap an authentic recreation of its tone on your stereo bus, and impart that hardware’s mojo onto your productions.
Tape machines add a quality to the sound that is the result of many interdependent factors working together. IK Multimedia separated these components down to the spec level to analyze and authentically recreate what happens when the whole tape machine is driven at once. They also modeled the controls, with selectable signal-path monitoring, transport modeling, and adjustable biasing. The unit offers a true signal stereo path as well, complete with all the beloved imperfections between the left and right channels that give you a more well-defined sound. Of course, you can turn this off if need be. Finally, IK Multimedia have modeled four types of tape, each of which alters the sound.
This software is compatible with Mac and Windows platforms. It will work in AU, VST2, VST3, and AAX formats.