Slate Digital is calling this one of the most complex audio plugins ever coded. Virtual Tape Machines replicates the sound of two industry standard tape decks including NRG Recording’s 16 track 2-inch machine and Howie Weinberg’s 2 track 1/2-inch mastering deck. Using VTM, Slate promises your music will have added life, depth, punch, and dimension.
Digital recording is now the standard for professional music production. But many engineers and musicians long for the days of analog recording, and for good reason: Analog tape machines have a distinct sound. Big, fat, warm, deep, rich, and exciting are just some of the terms used to describe what recording onto a piece of magnetic tape sounds like. Most of all, tape is more musical.
To capture the sound of tape is to capture a living, breathing sound that dynamically reacts to the music going on to it. Slate Digital Chief Technology Officer Fabrice Gabriel utilized his electrical engineering degree as a foundation for his comprehensive study of the physical processes that occur when recording to analog tape through a tape machine. What began with science led to Fabrice’s discovery of the seemingly magical properties of tape and inspired him to create his most advanced, dynamic algorithms yet. Two industry-standard machines were precisely modeled. What followed was a year of critical listening and algorithm tweaking, with some help from the expert ears of Slate Digital CEO, Steven Slate.
The result is the Virtual Tape Machines plugin. With models of both a 2-inch 16 track from NRG Recording, and a ½-inch 2 track machine from Howie Weinberg Mastering, the VTM will give your mixes an absolutely authentic analog vibe that will take your mixes to the next level. With added dimension, fatness, depth, and warmth, you’ll wonder how you ever mixed without it!
- Two tape machine types:
- 2″ 16 track
- 1/2″ mastering deck
- Two tape formulations
- Two speeds: 15 ips and 30 ips
- Noise reduction control and auto mute
- Wow & Flutter control
- Bass alignment control
- Normal, Low & High Bias settings
- Level Calibration
- VU ballistics
- Grouping control
- Settings global or per channel
- Tape reels start and stop in sync with DAW transport
On the Mac, Virtual Tape Machines requires OS X 10.5 or later, a dual core Intel Processor, 1 GB of RAM, an iLok2 USB key and a compatible AU, RTAS, or VST host application. AAX is promised soon.
Virtual Tape Machines is available now from Slate Digital for $249, which includes a free iLok2. A non-expiring $50 voucher is available to owners of other Slate Digital products, which should arrive by email.