Waves J37 Tape

j37-tape

With the Waves J37 you can step into a time machine and become an Abbey Road engineer. Well, sort of…

Before you get all excited you might want to read some things about tape in my post, “The Joys of Analog Tape” on the UAD Ampex ATR-102 page.

Still excited? Well, so am I because I am not using a rickety old reel-to-reel, but something made to sound like it. Be aware this does a lot of stuff to your audio. Take a look at the frequency analysis, for instance. You sound will change! The harmonic distortion is sweet and more subtle than most tape plugins.

Hint:

  • See some hints on the Waves Kramer Tape post but I want to emphasize that you need to mix with this active and on whatever channels you intend to use it. If you add it after you have mixed, you may find it changes your sound significantly, so mix with it instead!

 

Compare some other tape emulations:

 

Waves J37 Linear Analysis
Waves J37 Frequency Analysis
Waves J37 Harmonic Analysis
Waves J37 Harmonic Analysis

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My PC-MIXBus preset. Less push around 2-3kHz and more (but not really audible) distortion. I like this on the mix bus, and feed into it with the Kramer Tape on the channels. You can get my presets here.

Waves J37 PC MixBuss Preset Linear Analysis
Waves J37 PC MixBuss Preset Frequency Analysis
Waves J37 PC MixBuss Preset Harmonic Analysis
Waves J37 PC MixBuss Preset Harmonic Analysis

 

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