Ah, the good old sound of analog tape. Many adjectives have been used to describe its character '" warm, punchy, fat, airy, thick and so on. But those are rarely used to describe the sound of our favorite DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations). So one way to get them to work together is to use a plug in such as the Universal Audio Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder. This is especially useful for getting drums and loops to punch through a mix '" something we will explore here with 5 easy tips.
First In Line
Universal Audio recommends using the Studer A800 as the first insert on your chosen channel(s) '" so it's best to bypass any other plug-ins you have and begin there. You can use it in a variety of ways: individual drum tracks, groups, or on a stereo or Master bus.
Punch up the Input
One of the great things about recording drums on analog tape is you can get that classic pleasing '