- Realistic analog sound, adds cohesion and warmth to your mix
- Three tape machine types included
- Presets by Grammy winners Joe Chicarelli and Howard Willing
Effects / Amp Room Ready
Analog tape has a smoothing effect and adds weight and glue to a mix – it turns the recording from a collection of individual tracks into a song, where everything is connected and works together.
Tape, with its component-level and physical modeling of three different tape machines, gives you all the warm vintage cohesion you could want in one plug-in. Add a few premium level features, like the mastering grade high shelf filter, stability control, and wet/dry mix knob, and you've got a new secret sauce. Mmm... tasty!
"Tape sounds FANTASTIC. I like Type A and C the best. Overall, the sound of it is outstanding!!!"American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist
Have a listen
Sweet and Simple
Select your favorite tape machine (A, B, or C) and adjust the Amount knob. Instant mojo. Easier still, load up one of the included presets to soak your tracks in analog tape sweetness.
Feel Like Tweaking?
Experiment with different tape speed settings, or open the Remote Control panel where you can adjust the machine's stability, crosstalk amount, and several other features.
Rich Sound Across the Mix
Like most Softube plug-ins, Tape is CPU-efficient. Use Tape on your master bus, or do it the retro way by adding Tape to every track. Tons of detail and texture, no CPU overload.
"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."Producer, engieer and mixer for Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson
There are many ways to use and abuse a tape machine, and many modern engineers have never had the pleasure of working with a real (reel to reel) analog unit. That's why, to get you started, Tape includes presets made by award winning engineers such as Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Strokes) and Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson).
But there's no wrong answer. Crank Tape to its extremes and you'll get sounds that wouldn't even be possible in most analog machines, at extra-slow speeds for example, or with insane wow and flutter.
Three different tape machines
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.
Each has its own story to tell, and its own special something to impart to your music. So experiment, listen closely, and choose wisely.
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.
Video: The sound of Tape saturation
You hear people talk about “the sound of tape”. However, there is not just one sound. Tape speed, head bump, distortion, transient response, hiss, crosstalk, bias, and other factors can all contribute to the sound.
An R&B or rock album may use 15ips across all tracks to saturate the mix with harmonics and low end by using tape B for vintage flavor. A classical or jazz album may only put Tape on the master bus at 30ips with Tape A or C to keep the tracks as clean as possible while pulling together the mix with some harmonic glue. A punk band may drive their guitars at 1 7/8 its while adjusting the stability and mix to create a gnarly flanging effect.
These are all the sounds of tape.
"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."Mixer/Engineer/Producer for Beck, U2, The Strokes, Elton John, etc.
Awards & reviews
"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."Grammy awarded engineer for Taylor Swift, Pink, and Katy Perry
Amp Room Ready
This plug-in can be used within Amp Room, Softube's pro audio guitar & bass platform. Click to learn more.
- True analog tape sound
- Three tape machine types included
- Easy to use
- Low CPU usage
- Mastering grade high frequency control
- Stability control to introduce wow and flutter, or tape flanging when combined with dry/wet mix knob
- 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
- Left and right VU meters for level or Total Harmonic Distortion
- Amount knob increases saturation
- Three machine models (A, B, and C), each based on a different high-quality real world tape machine
- Five tape speed values, measured in inches per second (1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15, and 30) each increasing in fidelity on the last
- Dry/wet mix knob
- Stability control to introduce speed wobble
- High frequency shelf offers mastering grade cutting or boosting
- Crosstalk emulates bleed between channels characteristic of analog tape machines. Increases glue and fatness.
- Tape noise can be switched on or off as required
- Run and Stop buttons create the effect of the machine slowing to a stop, or rolling up to speed again
- Input and output level faders give total control over gain staging
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Versions from 2.5.18 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:
All native versions
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- Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
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- In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
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Note: With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST formats.
Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
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