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Softube tape or Phoenix II. Which to buy?

Postby herecomesthemoon » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:50 am

Hey all

I am looking for a new tape plugin. 2 options

1 Softube Tape
2 Phoenix II

Any advice would be much welcomed.

Thank you
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Re: Softube tape or Phoenix II. Which to buy?

Postby desmond » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:18 am

Softube Tape is my preferred tape colouration plugin, but partly why I like it is because it is fairly gentle in general than other plugins which attempt all too much to grunge up the audio with excessive colouration and transient squashing - although it can be pushed if you want to do that.

As you're interested in these, presumably you're demo-ing them? Everyone has their own idea as to the sound character they like, and what works best for their music, so it's really down to your tastes, not anyone else's - after all, there are plenty of "tape" emulation plugins on the market.

I haven't tried the other one, but it's quite old now, if that matters. Presumably you're on Protools, as the Cranesong plugin is AAX only. Lastly, Softube Tape is on sale at the moment and is fairly inexpensive - probably much cheaper than the Cranesong one - the upgrade from old versions of that to the current version alone is more than the cost of the Softube plugin.

Edit:
Softube Tape - £50
Phoenix II - £430 inc VAT
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Re: Softube tape or Phoenix II. Which to buy?

Postby herecomesthemoon » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:52 am

Hi

Thanks so much for the advice. 50 sounds like it's worth a punt.
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Re: Softube tape or Phoenix II. Which to buy?

Postby Sam Inglis » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:58 am

They're both good, but make sure you demo Acustica Audio's Taupe too.
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Re: Softube tape or Phoenix II. Which to buy?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:21 pm

Look at Flywheel too.
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