The sound of tape can lend warmth and authenticity to your tracks. Here's how to get the analog effect using digital tools.  
Classic analog tape machines

The tech of tape

The mechanics of analog tape recording
The gradual, subtle compression and harmonic distortion that results from gently saturating analog tape

Back to the future

Tape this

Tape in the box

Some tape emulation plug-ins

Sweet Saturation

Tape saturation applied lightly to a stereo drum track

Magnetic mixdown magic

The wrap

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magaz... Read More

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