I don’t test too many “off brand” plugins, but here we go. Compare this to the Waves J37 or Kramer Tape . Also compare it to the UAD ATR-102 where you can also read a little about my thoughts on analog tape emulations.
The tape delay feature is pretty nice, especially when you take out the hissy highs with the lowpass filter. If you use it as an aux channel, go ahead and drive it into some distortion and adjust to taste. Or ear.
I have some things to say about tape emulations, and you can read them in my post, “The Joys of Analog Tape” on the UAD Ampex ATR-102 page. I’d be interested in knowing what you think about it.
This is one cool dude. If you are really looking to add an analog vibe, you can’t do much better than this. Everything about it is too much fun to work with!
The Joys of Analog Tape
Calibrate it every day. Keep the tapes in a controlled environment. Push the signal so you get less noise, but not so hard that it distorts. Clean the heads and capstan. Be careful you don’t stretch the tape rewinding. Keep a log of how many punch-ins and re-records you have done. Test the motor and transports.