Tape

Time to get reel! Softube's Tape plug-in adds cohesion and weight to your mixes. But Tape goes far beyond your average tape machine emulation. It includes three distinctly different tape machine types, and it offers the ease of use and low CPU strain that today's music creators rightfully expect.

Even in this day and age, it's common practice for computer based professional studios to run their mixes through at least one generation of analog tape. Why? Because even when used subtly, analog tape has a smoothing effect and adds cohesion and weight to a mix—it takes the recording from a collection of individual tracks into a song where everything is connected and works together. With Softube's Tape plug-in, you can have all that and more.

I love the Softube Tape plug-in. It's great for just adding a touch of analog tape simulation to a final mix, but more impressively it's great for adding character to vocals and guitars. It provides instant glue for harsh or overly transient sounds in a mix.

Joe Chiccarelli, Mixer/Engineer/Producer for Beck, U2, The Strokes, Elton John, etc.

Three Machines in One
Tape includes three different tape machine types in one plug-in. Type A is based on a classic Swiss high end reel-to-reel machine, known and loved for its precision and linearity. Type B is much more colorful—it's a transformer based machine which adds extra weight and cream to the low end. Lastly, Type C is based on a British tape machine with a distinct vintage vibe.

Ease of Use
Select your favorite tape machine Type, and adjust the Amount knob to taste. In most cases, that's all you need to do to soak your tracks in analog tape sweetness. Easier still, load up one of the included presets, made by award winning engineers such as Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Strokes) and Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson).

Tape sounds FANTASTIC. I like Type A and C the best. Overall, the sound of it is outstanding!!!

BT a k a Brian Transeau, American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist

But Wait, There's More
Feeling tweaky? Why not start by trying the different tape speed settings—you'll find that the slower the tape speed, the more pronounced is the so-called tape head bump, which adds low end to the mix. Or open the Remote Control panel where you can control the selected tape machine's speed stability, crosstalk amount and several other tape-a-liscious features.

Dense Sound, Light on CPU
Add a single instance of Tape on your master bus to emulate what most computer based studios do today—mix in the computer, then mix down to a stereo tape machine—or go vintage style by adding Tape to every single track in your mix. Yes, your computer will be able to handle it. As most Softube plug-ins, Tape is uniquely light on your computer's processor.

Softube Tape is my new favorite saturation plug in. Parallel it with your kick or bass and drive it hard—thick and fat. Tape also lives on my mix buss alongside a couple of other Softube modeled plug-ins, glues my tracks, and gives me a lot of sonic options; from transparent to unwieldy and everywhere in between.

Howard Willing, Producer, engieer and mixer for Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson.

Extras for Studio One Users
If you run Presonus Studio One, you can not only use Tape as a standard plug-in. Adding Tape to your MixFX slot gives you Tape Multitrack. Tape Multitrack includes all the goodies of Tape, but in addition, you get selectable crosstalk between each individual track—and you can easily control the Tape Multitrack settings from a single interface. The Tape and Tape Multitrack license is one and the same. This means that if you're not a Studio One user but at some future point decide to switch to that DAW, you will already have Tape Multitrack installed, licensed and ready to go.

In Short

  • Realistic analog tape sound
  • Three tape machine types included
  • Easy to use
  • Low CPU usage
  • Includes Tape Multitrack which can be used in the MixFX slot of Presonus Studio One—adding individual channel crosstalk and single interface control of all tracks

Tape Sound Examples

Sound examples made with Tape on various sound sources. Enjoy!

Tape Sound ExamplesSound examples made with Tape on various sound sources. Enjoy!
Tape Product Video
Tape Walkthrough
Click to show Joe Chiccarelli

I love the Softube Tape plug-in. It's great for just adding a touch of analog tape simulation to a final mix, but more impressively it's great for adding character to vocals and guitars. It provides instant glue for harsh or overly transient sounds in a mix.

Joe Chiccarelli, Mixer/Engineer/Producer for Beck, U2, The Strokes, Elton John, etc.

Click to show Brian Transeau a k a BT

Tape sounds FANTASTIC. I like Type A and C the best. Overall, the sound of it is outstanding!!!

BT a k a Brian Transeau, American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist

Click to show Howard Willing

Softube Tape is my new favorite saturation plug in. Parallel it with your kick or bass and drive it hard—thick and fat. Tape also lives on my mix buss alongside a couple of other Softube modeled plug-ins, glues my tracks, and gives me a lot of sonic options; from transparent to unwieldy and everywhere in between.

Howard Willing, Producer, engieer and mixer for Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson.

Click to show Ryan Hewitt

I love it! The distortion is really great and I love that you can go from subtle to really crunched. I tried it successfully on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drum mix, individual drum tracks, and as an effect after a delay using the wobble feature. Really good job with this one!

Ryan Hewitt, Grammy awarded engineer for artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, Blink-182 and many others.

Click to show Kevin Kadish. Photo: Slowguy.

Tape is a fantastic addition to my master bus! The subtle nuance, drive and natural sounding tape compression make this a great way to warm up any digital "in-the-box" mix.

Kevin Kadish, Grammy nominated songwriter and producer for artists such as Meghan Trainor and Jason Mraz.

Click to show Michael Ilbert

Tape is now on all buses in my mix template. Combining it with British Class A gives me a great start for any sound shaping I need.

Michael Ilbert, Grammy awarded engineer for Taylor Swift, Pink and Katy Perry.