Tape Bus
by gbSoundlab
4.4 / 5     (8 votes)
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VST AU
Tape Bus is an analog saturation / compression emulation of a magnetic tape recorder.

It recreates the behavior of the hardware circuitry when it is subjected to work in the non-linear or saturation zone.

On the one hand, an analog bus emulation, and on the other, the typical treble compression in the recording of magnetic tape.

In recording with tape recorders, a high-frequency compensating circuit is included in the recording step that amplifies them (pre-emphasis), to subsequently attenuate them in the reproduction (de-emphasis). For this reason when we force the circuitry with greater sound signal pitch, it creates a compression of the high frequencies from 2250 Hz, creating the typical sound stuck and crushed, producing a greater sustain and a better insertion in the mix.

Its adjustment is always done with an incoming signal close to (0 db), easy to get on any bus or group, such as; the group of percussion, of synths, or in the channel of any instrument. The voices treated with the Tape bus do not need practically compression, thus obtaining a response with much greater dynamics. We will adjust the fader, with a signal input between (-4 and 0 db) until we hear the filling effect.

The design of the fader is AUTOGAIN and therefore, its movement only generates the effect, keeping the volume constant. We will operate the Emphasis switch adjusting the amount of compression in high frequencies (its use is not always necessary), but a slight touch on voices or acoustic guitars will leave us with silky treble.
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Secret for an old-school warm analog-style mix Sep 24 2022
(5 / 5)
Sep 24 2022
Put this on your master bus with the big slider all the way up, emphasis: on, and the pannish meter underneath at 1.5. Also (OPTIONAL) stick on guitars with slider at around 6-8.5db for classic crunchy distorted rhythm guitars. I will never mix, let alone RECORD without this plugin in use.
Jabba Jun 18 2022
(5 / 5)
Jun 18 2022
Great on overheads for cymbals
Jon B Dec 15 2021
(4 / 5)
Dec 15 2021
This one is a mainstay as the last plug-in in my drum bus FX-chain. I use it inside of DDMF Metaplugin with 8x oversampling, just to get rid some of the aliasing. I never touch any of the controls, the default settings just gives me a perfect punchy mid range and treble compression! I would give it 5 stars if it had at least 2x internal oversampling (because it does create quite a lot of aliasing) but considering that it's a old piece of software by now, and it's free, it's still a great plug-in.
lex Sep 03 2021
(1 / 5)
Sep 03 2021
Sounded ok on drums but when I put it on a guitar and turn the emphasis up it sounds down sampled and harsh like a bit crusher so check that
Jon B Dec 15 2021
Dec 15 2021
It's compressing and distorting the highs, just like a tape machine would do when pushed. If you don't want it to compress the highs, just leave emphasis on 0. "For this reason when we force the circuitry with greater sound signal pitch, it creates a compression of the high frequencies from 2250 Hz, creating the typical sound stuck and crushed".
Pete Sep 03 2021
(5 / 5)
Sep 03 2021
Well thought out. Don't expect any "wow" effect the first time you use it. It is subtle just like a tape and you got to make sure it fits the instrument amongst the other digitally recorded tracks. Placing it one every track will make the mix sound like a tape recording, I've compared it with consumer Akai machine and it's very similar. Better than most commercial plugins imo
Василий Петрович Aug 25 2021
Aug 25 2021
А он не как в Wavesax?
JLREPETTO MEXICO Jul 02 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 02 2021
I THINK IT'S THE BEST PLUGIN ABOUT THE APPROACH TO WHAT IS THE MAGNETIC TAPE. AND I HAVE TOOOO EVERYTHING! EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES BUT THIS PARTICULAR PLUG TREATS THE EXACT POINT OF RIBBON PURPOSE, SMOOTHER AND REDUCE THE DYNAMIC RANGE IN A VERY NICE WAY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PROGRAMMERS !!!
Bob Jun 25 2021
(5 / 5)
Jun 25 2021
Good and simple treble acceleration. The saturation is nice. Auto gain!
Obed Anturi May 24 2021
(5 / 5)
May 24 2021
Best Plugin