Tape machines impart a unique combination of equalization, compression and saturation to audio signals. Gone are the days when engineers have to use a pair of scissors and a tape to make cuts. Nowadays, engineers have keyboard shortcuts for making edits, crossfading and even quantizing.
The tape machines themselves aren’t the only variable in this equation. The type of tape you use has affects the type of sound that you will eventually make. Tapes have different frequency response, compression, and distortion characteristics that have less noise saturation. The best part about tape machine plug ins is that they offer the luxuries of both modern and analog recorders.
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