Virtual Tape Machines

OVERVIEW

Virtual Tape Machines


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 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.

VTM

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!

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Product Details

  • 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

Testimonials

"How is this possible? I've been using tape for 30 years and Slate has nailed it. It saturates and warms everything up and adds that classic analog sound that has disappeared from music. I recommend this for anyone who loves the sound of tape.”

- Howie Weinberg

“Okay, I used the VTM today. Dude. It really sounds like I'm listening off of a repro head. Not exactly, but the gluing it does is dead on. I'm a fan.”

- Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin

"VTM is as real as it gets. I literally start EVERY mix with it on the mix bus. The thing that sets it apart is the perfect subtlety… it does exactly what it's analog counterpart does and I'm in love.”

- Chris Hesse (Hoobastank)

SYSTEM REQS

Minimum System Requirements

  • Quad Core i5 Processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or Later
  • Windows 7 & Above
  • iLok2 Required

Recommended System Requirements

  • Quad Core i7 Processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or Later
  • Windows 7 & Above
  • iLok2 Required

 Supported Plugin Formats

  • Intel Mac 32bit and 64bit: AAX, VST2, VST3, and AU

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