Get the sound of a prized vintage tape machine into your DAW with the IK Multimedia Tape Machine JH24, 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 elegant, sonorous qualities of the MCI JH24 tape machine, a piece of gear known for its true-to-the-source, phase-coherent, and polished sound.
First manufactured in 1980, the MCI JH24 hardware was often found in studios throughout the United States. It was primarely used for multitrack recording and mixing, as the transformerless design imparted no undesirable color. Now, with this software emulation, you can place the authentic sound and feel of an MCI JH24 on each of your tracks within your mix and on the stereo buss too, if you so choose.
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.