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Slate Digital VTM Virtual Tape Machines Plug-in (download)

NOTE: This product requires an iLok 2 (not included) for authorization

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines is a plug-in that juices your digital recordings with vitality. Analog tape machines have a sound. Massive, fat, warm, rich (and just plain exciting), analog has the density factor – that eat-it-with-a-spoon dimensionality that all the best-sounding records have. Run your mixes or individual tracks through Virtual Tape Machines and tweak-to-taste to infuse your music with warm, punchy analog tape mojo.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines Plug-in at a Glance:

  • Tape’s magical properties can be yours, instantly
  • Virtual Tape Machines gives you the ne plus ultra of analog tapedom
  • Dynamically reacts to the music you’re laying down

Tape’s magical properties can be yours, instantlyFor those of us fortunate enough to have recorded through a vintage console to 2″ analog 16-track, that sound is the gold standard; the sound by which all else is measured. In comparison, tracking in your modern DAW-based studio can be a rude awakening. Incredible modern workflow conveniences aside, straight digital mixes have a way of, well, just sitting there lifelessly. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about that. We get it that you really don’t want to go back to chopping tape with with a razor blade, but the best of analog is yours for the taking – with Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines.

Virtual Tape Machines gives you the ne plus ultra of analog tapedomIn the development of this eagerly-awaited plug-in, Slate Digital Chief Technology Guru Fabrice Gabriel put his EE degree to work and studied the physical processes that take place when your record to analog tape threaded onto a good ol’ tape machine. To nail what they were after, Slate Digital then engaged in a year of critical listening and algorithm tweaks. Finally, they modeled the best-sounding analog tape machines they could lay their hands on. And being located in LA’s Laurel Canyon, wouldn’t you know they had quite a selection to choose from. The result? An easy-to-use plug-in that will juice even the most lackluster digital recordings with stunning analog warmth and punch.

Dynamically reacts to the music you’re laying downAs compared with cold, unyielding digital, analog tape is a recording medium that dynamically reacts to the music being laid down on it. If you’ve never experienced the delight of recording analog, please take our word for it: the difference is like night and day. Analog recording is alchemy – during tracking, you actually hit the tape with a certain level to achieve the desired degree of tape limiting / saturation on that instrument. So kick drums are the size of a barn, and snares are so impactful, they split your face in half when you play them back. You get the idea. Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines. You want this.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines Plug-in Features:

  • Modeled on tape machine types: 2″ 16-track and a 1/2″ mastering deck
  • Two tape formulations
  • Two tape 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 your DAW’s transport

Warm up your digital recordings with Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines!

Tech Specs

Software Type Drums
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
iLok Required Yes
Hardware Requirements – Mac Dual Core Intel Processor, 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements – PC Dual Core Intel/AMD Processor, 2GB RAM
OS Requirements – Mac OS X 10.7
OS Requirements – PC Windows 7