Tape, tape and more tape. We seem to be inundated with good tape plug-ins recently. Like Flywheel and Echo Cat. Fortunately, we love them! Caelum Audio has released Tape Pro, a plug-in that’s anything but your regular reel-to-reel emulation that are dime-a-dozen these days. Rather, Tape Pro is something of a tape-based multi-fx processor with a very interesting feature set and signal flow. We excite!
Caelum Audio – Tape Pro
Mind you, Tape Pro has everything needed to be a virtual tape machine if that’s all you need. But that would be under-utilizing the plug-in’s potential for added warmth, frequency shaping, modulation, noise, and delay. The fun begins with the Saturation module that features five parameters – Type, Drive, Asymetry, Hysteresis, and Remanence. There are 5 types of saturation: Tape, Digital, Rectify, Half-Rectify, Sine, Smooth.
Next in line is the Response module, where the virtual tape’s frequency response is dynamically modeled via convolution. This can result in added warmth and presence, or creative audio mangling depending on your preferences for Type, Low-Pass, and High-Loss filtering. There are 12 types of tape models. Minimum phase impulse responses are available for scenarios where Tape Pro is used in parallel, on a bus, or as a send effect.
Next comes the Noise module where sampled tape noises are mixed into the signal chain. Here, you can achieve effects like tape delay rolls and subtle degradation (hiss). There are 4 parameters to adjust – Type, Pre/Post Delay, Gain, and Crosstalk. The noise types are the same ones found in the Response module.
Near the end of the signal chain is the Wow and Flutter module. It serves to recreate tape’s natural irregularities, such as low and high-speed fluctuations. There are 10 parameters in all: Depth, Rate, Mod, Mod Rate, and Sync (x2).
Finally, a Delay module brings the processor together with an emulation of a classic tape delay machine. The module has 11 parameters: Dry, Wet, Time L, Time R, Feedback L, Feedback R, Portament, Enable, Initial, Sync, and Link.
All of this becomes so much more interesting when you see and hear it in action. There is no demo version for some reason, but the video below should give you a proper glimpse prior to purchase and download.
Price and requirements
TapePro is on introductory sale that sees 20% taken off the regular GBP 40 price. Thus, the final price is GBP 30. The plug-in runs under OSX 10.11 or later in AU and VST3 formats. It also runs under Windows 7 or later in VST3 format. On iOS, Tape Pro is both a stand-alone application and an AUv3 plugin for iOS hosts like GarageBand and Cubasis. An internet connection is required to licence the plugin.