How to Add Analog Warmth to Your Mixes with Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines
If you are looking for a way to make your digital recordings sound more musical, rich and exciting, you might want to try Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines. This is a plugin that emulates the sound of two legendary analog tape machines: a 16-track 2-inch tape machine and a 1/2 inch stereo mastering deck. You can use it on individual tracks or on your master bus to add warmth, depth, punch and glue to your mixes.
In this article, we will show you how to use Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines to enhance your mixes with analog vibe. We will also explain some of the features and options that this plugin offers, such as tape speed, tape type, bias and more.
What is Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines
Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines is a plugin that simulates the sound of analog tape recorders. It is part of the Slate Digital All Access Pass, which gives you access to over $7,000 worth of award-winning plugins, pro mixing tools, a powerful synth, boutique sample packs, pro presets and more.
Virtual Tape Machines is designed to produce the authentic tone of two world-class analog tape machines: the Studer A827 16-track 2-inch tape machine and the Ampex ATR-102 1/2 inch stereo mastering deck. These are two of the most famous and sought-after tape machines in audio history, used by countless artists and engineers to create classic records.
Virtual Tape Machines accurately emulates every aspect of tape recording, such as tape saturation, compression, harmonic distortion, wow and flutter, noise and crosstalk. It also gives you control over various parameters that affect the sound of tape, such as tape speed, tape type, bias, input drive and output level.
By using Virtual Tape Machines on your tracks and mixes, you can achieve a warmer, smoother, punchier and more analog sound that enhances your music. You can also experiment with different settings to create different sonic results.
How to Use Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines
Using Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines is very easy and intuitive. You can insert it on any track or bus in your DAW as a VST, VST3 or AAX plugin. You can also use it as a standalone application if you want to process audio files without a DAW.
Once you open the plugin interface, you will see two main sections: the Machine section and the Settings section. The Machine section lets you choose between the two tape machines: 16 Track or 1/2 Inch. You can also switch between two different views: Normal or Advanced. The Normal view shows you only the essential controls for each machine, while the Advanced view shows you more options for fine-tuning the sound.
The Settings section lets you adjust various parameters that affect the sound of tape. Here are some of the most important ones:
Tape Speed: This lets you choose between two common tape speeds: 15 ips (inches per second) or 30 ips. The lower speed gives you more low-end response and more saturation, while the higher speed gives you more high-end response and less saturation.
Tape Type: This lets you choose between two popular tape formulations: FG456 or FG9. The FG456 is a high-output tape that has more headroom and less distortion, while the FG9 is a low-output tape that has less headroom and more distortion.
Bias: This lets you adjust the amount of current that flows through the tape head. The higher the bias, the more linear the frequency response and the less distortion. The lower the bias, the more non-linear the frequency response and the more distortion.
Input Drive: This lets you adjust how hard you hit the tape with your signal. The higher the input drive, the more saturation and compression you get from the tape.
Output Level: This lets you adjust how loud the output signal is after passing through the tape.
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