Are you craving that classic reel-to-reel sound? IK Multimedia has just released the Tape Machine Collection for its T-RackS 5 mastering suite. The collection contains emulations of four classic tape recorders by Ampex, Studer, Revox, and MCI.
The IK Multimedia Tape Machine Collection for T-RackS consists of four FX modules, each of which emulates a legendary tape recorder from the golden age of analog. The models 24, 80, 99, and 440 represent the MCI JH24, Revox PR99 Mk II, Studer A80 Mk II, and Ampex 440B, respectively. That’s a nice collection of some of the most iconic tape machines from the late 1960s to 1980s. IK Multimedia says that it restored the original machines to pristine condition, before emulating them using a mix of convolution and physical modeling. With the Tape Machine Collection, you have promising new alternative to offerings like Softube Tape, Overloud Tapedesk, and the like.
Unlike the original machines, the emulations share the same set of controls, albeit with different layouts. According to IK Multimedia, this lets you do quick A/B comparisons between them. You can choose from “input” and “repro” modes. “Repro” runs the signal through the entire emulation, including the record and playback heads and the tape itself. “Input” bypasses the tape and only passes the signal through the machine’s electronic input and output stages. There’s a true stereo mode, and a transport modeling switch which models the slight irregularities of the mechanical tape transport, according to IK Multimedia. You can also adjust the record bias. Furthermore, all emulations have a tape speed selector, which offers different settings depending on the modeled recorder.
Four types of tape
IK Multimedia didn’t stop at emulating the tape recorders. The Tape Machine Collection also includes emulations of four different types of tape. You can choose from 3M/Scotch 250, Ampex 456 and 499, and Quantegy GP9 tape. All types of tape are available on each of the tape machine emulations.
Like all T-RackS plug-ins, the Tape Machine Collection can be used inside the T-RackS 5 application or as a stand-alone plug-in. Each of the four tape recorder emulations is also available individually. The supported plug-in formats are AU, VST2, VST3, and AAX on the Mac, and VST2, VST3, and AAX on Windows (64-bit only).
Price and availability
The IK Multimedia Tape Machine Collection is now available at an introductory price of USD 99. The regular price will be USD 199. When purchased individually, a single machine costs USD 79 (regular price: USD 99). Fully functional 14-day trial versions are available.