updated 09:55 am EDT, Fri April 13, 2007
Reel Tape Suite ships
Digidesign has begun shipping its Reel Tape Suite (site not updated), a set of analog tape emulation plug-ins designed to re-create the warmth of analog tape recordings and tape effects in digital recordings or live audio. The software operates as an AudioSuite, TDM, and RTAS plug-in to bring the vintage sound of analog gear to digital audio. Reel Tape Suite features three plug-ins which include Reel Tape Saturation, Reel Tape Delay, and Reel Tape Flanger. Reel Tape Saturation simulates analog tape saturation effects by modeling analog tape machine and tape formulation characteristics. Reel Tape Delay simulates classic tape echo effects while providing precise control over regenerating echoes, and Reel Tape Flanger simulates tape machine flanging effects. The Digidesign Reel Tape Suite is priced at $500 for all three plug-ins, while a standalone version of the Reel Tape Saturation plug-in is priced at $300.
Each Reel Tape Suite plug-in offers a full range of controls to fine-tune the character of the effects, allowing users to select from the response characteristics of three different tape recorders and two different tape formulations.
"Alter the tape speed or feedback level and the bass and treble feedback response of the Reel Tape Delay Adjust the LFO rate and depth, wow and flutter, and delay time of the Reel Tape Flanger. And dial in the drive, noise, tape machine bias, and level calibration of the Reel Tape Saturation for just the right result."