Get the sound of a prized, high-end vintage tape machine into your DAW with the IK Multimedia Tape Machine A80, 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 transparent, yet harmoically enhanced qualities of the Studer A80 tape machine.
Manufactured between 1970 and 1988, the Swiss-made Studer A80 tape machine could be found in a plethora of studios and was well-regarded for its ability to handle multitrack recording and mixing duties, as it offered a sonorous sound that was transparent, yet coloful, thanks to its subtle harmonic excitement. Now, with this software emulation, you can place the authentic sound and feel of the Studio A80 on each of your tracks within your mix.
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.