Softube thinks modern tape delay plug-ins sound too clean compared to the real deal. That’s why the Swedish developer made its new Tape Echoes plug-in sound old-school and grungy. The plug-in sounds dirty by design, and it has the ability to sound even dirtier. Softube isn’t saying which particular hardware underwent the modeling treatment. Tape Echoes is more of a general treatise on vintage tape delay and echo sounds, including all the wow, flutter, drop-outs, and other lovable defects you’d expect.
Softube Tape Echoes
The plug-in has a nice set of controls to get the party started. The Drive & Dirt features lend themselves to wobbly, glitchy, distorted delays. The kind of heavy tape distortion, wobble, and feedback you may know from old dub records is also at hand. Softube hasn’t explained the rest of the controls at the time of writing, but we’re looking at a good bit of twisty knobs. The number of echo taps can be changed from 1 to 3 and the amount of Feedback dialed in. We also get Low-cut and High-cut filters, Stereo/Dual Mono switch, Echo Pan (Left/Center/Right), Reverb switch (Parallel to or Before Echoes), Reverb Amount, and a Dry/Wet control.
In addition to native plug-in format, Tape Echoes is also available for use in Softube’s Amp Room and Modular virtual instruments. In Amp Room, Tape Echoes can be combined with other effects, amps, cabs, and pedal emulations in your rig. In Modular, Tape Echoes can be patched into any of the modular synthesizer emulations. An effect like this certainly belongs in guitar and synth rigs, so the cross-integration makes a lot of sense.
Tape Echoes: Price and availability
Tape Echoes is available now at an introductory price of USD 65, down from USD 99 regular. The offer is valid until July 31, 2021. The plug-in versions run under 64-bit Windows 7 or later and macOS 10.12 or later in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats. An iLok account or USB dongle is required for authorization.