Tape Machine

Multi effects processor

(121 Votes)
s millward
2.4 (Updated 7 years ago)
178.5kB
October 28, 2010
Reaktor 5 or lower
Effect Multi-Effect

DESCRIPTION

Tape Machine is a collection of stereo processors for EQ, compressor, saturation, aural excitement and limiter effects. It can help simulate tape-like saturation and model the frequency response of analogue tape recorders.

The processors have been arranged in an order which promotes fruitful interaction between the different effects. Each processor in the chain is enabled or disabled using the respective on/off buttons and a solo function allows you to listen to each module in isolation. Clip indicators and a numerical display of the final output level help you keep an eye on levels throughout the signal path.

Tape Machine makes no claims to be a completely accurate virtual model of an analogue tape recorder, but hopefully it can help approximate some of the pleasant artifacts associated with that technology.

CREDITS
Some of the ideas for Tape Machine come from other Reaktor user ensembles. I managed to contact Chet Singer whose Aural Exciter is used here unchanged. Thanks Chet! Thanks also to Ben Suthers and Stefan Knauthe whose Limiter and Wow and Flutter designs formed the basis for those used in Tape Machine.

UPDATE 2.2
Version 2.2 features new resonance controls in the EQ HPF and LPF sections and there is better gain resolution. This helps re-create the EQ characteristics associated with analogue tape machines with greater accuracy. Also included in this update is a range of new presets.

UPDATE 2.3
Version 2.3 improves the Tape Machine GUI for Reaktor version 5.5.1. It also features new multiplier buttons in the Wow and Flutter section. These are helpful for resonance effects, especially when processing spoken voice and vocals. There is also a new global bypass button which helps with A/B comparisons between the effected and the original signal, and there are some new presets.

UPDATE 2.4
Minor update to the LPF/HSF EQ band multiplier. This corrects a minor anomaly in the upper frequency range by using a 3 x multiplier (instead of a 5 x multiplier).

COMMENTS  (17)

1 year ago
This is incredible. Thank you for this.
Brett
4 years ago
This is my favorite and most used effect. Thanks for your work.
Ng Mui
4 years ago
Please remove my comment, it does seem to work.
Ng Mui
4 years ago
dead link?!
Jason Halliday
5 years ago
So great - I almost spent money on something else and then I found this! Subtle or extreme - well worth it and realistic. And I own a reel to reel too!
John Robertson
6 years ago
I've tried a lot of tape-modeling plug-ins and this one is my favorite. Great, highly useful, very nice sounding. Thank you for sharing.
Mark Mcdonald
7 years ago
Great effort. Would love someone to tackle a simulation of the old echoplex model. Like what Spectrasonics has.
infuzion arts
7 years ago
Forrest: Just use presets? Seems nice! Thanks :)
Forrest Gore
8 years ago
Can we get a dummy version please? With about 100 less knobs. :P Overwhelming. Excellent though.
arachnaut
8 years ago
Nice work
Miro Pajic
8 years ago
Looks promoising! Will check out now... I wish more people would work on similar stuff :)
Michael Barker
8 years ago
And speaking of curves, check out the EQ variation depending on tape speed: http://www.tangible-technology.com/media/media_2.html
Michael Barker
8 years ago
Stefan's Vintape was the inspiration for my own experimentation -- a 'tape emulation' as a kind of wobbling, frequency-limiting, sound wobbler -- but Albini's point (in a nutshell) is that a properly set-up tape recorder shouldn't be distorted or wobbly or overly compressed.
Stefan Knauthe
8 years ago
Oh, this seem to be the academic version of what i tried 3 years ago with my Vintape ensemble. Really looking forward to this, thank you for sharing...!!!
s millward
8 years ago
Michael, Thanks for the reference to those EQ curves. Extremely useful. When I get the time I'll try dialling some of those in to the EQ section for some additional new presets for Tape Machine.
Michael Barker
8 years ago
For what it's worth, here's an article containing a bunch of EQ curves for recording devices (Ampex, Tascam, Studer etc.): http://www.endino.com/graphs/
Michael Barker
8 years ago
Ha! I've been working on something similar. I look forward to checking this out. 'Tape' emulations seem to have been the plugin trend of 2010. Steve Albini offers some smart and funny criticisms of the whole idea here: http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/t/1570/0/
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