Press Release: Slate Digital, makers of award winning audio DSP plugins including the FG-X Virtual Mastering Processor and the Virtual Console Collection, have released the newest in their line of analog modeled digital audio plugins called the Virtual Tape Machines.
The Virtual Tape Machines is an RTAS, VST, AU, and AAX (AAX schedule Q4 2012) audio plugin that replicates every detail of the sound of two classic tape decks including a 2inch 16track from NRG Recording Studios and a ½” 2track from Howie Weinberg Mastering. Based on over a year and a half of research and complex algorithm development, the Virtual Tape Machines or “VTM,” adds the sonic characteristics of these famous machines to any DAW.
“We were aware of other tape deck simulations in the industry, but after close analysis it was clear some things had been missed. So the VTM project started with the desire to get 100% of the true analog sound. We are confident Slate VTM replicates the exact dynamic nonlinear characteristics of a real tape deck.” says Slate Digital CEO Steven Slate. “Tape adds so much richness, dimension, clarity and glue and useful loudness without losing punch. We had to get it right.”
The VTM provides control over numerous aspects of the tape machines such as speed, tape formula, noise, and bias. Multiple VTM’s can also be grouped together so that all instances can be slaved to the controls of one instance.
“They really hit this one out of the park, it’s unbelievable,” says Howie Weinberg, whose ½” 2track was modeled. “I never thought I’d hear the sound of my tape machine being offered by a plugin, but they did it. I’m using it in almost every mastering session I do. Since many mixes that come to me are mixed digitally, it’s important to have a way to warm things up and give them some analog life. The VTM does it perfectly.”
The VTM is available now. It requires an ilok2 protection device to work, and can be demoed at www.slatedigital.com and purchased at audio retailers worldwide.