Multi effects processor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).