With 413 Tape Saturator, audio developer Mia Laboratories presents a plug-in for warming up and compressing your mix buses and audio/instrument tracks. As the name implies, this is a tape-style saturation tool. It includes three different types of analog tape emulations and three different types of distortion, which you can freely combine to create the sound that’s right for your production.
In this plug-in, you will find controls for the input and output volume, the distortion section (tube, transistor or soft-clipping), saturation control and the tape area with emulation selection. In the middle there are two VU meters for the left and right channels. The studio tape playback equalization is either the IEC – or NAB standard. Of course, you can also add the mandatory tape hiss and mechanical noise, specifying the amount manually.
Simple on the outside, 413 Tape Saturator looks like a powerful tape saturation and distortion processor in plug-in form.
Prices and dates
Mia Laboratories 413 Tape Saturator is currently available from the company’s website at an introductory price of EUR 49 down from EUR 99. The plug-in runs on Mac OSX 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST, VST3, AAX and AU 64-bit formats. For authorization, you need a free iLok account or a paid-for USB dongle. A 14-day unlimited demo version and a PDF user manual are also available for download.
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