I remember the first time that I actually sat up and took notice of a so-called “Tape” emulation plug-in. It was way back in the 32 bit days of 2009. VOS (Variety of Sound) had just been awarded KVR Audio’s Plugin-of-the-Year top honors for their “FerricTDS” plug-in. It was (and remains) a delightful freeware offering that certainly did impart tasty tape-like flavor to any audio source.
I enjoy throwing ToneBooster’s “TB_ReelBus” on drum tracks. It sounds great, it’s easy to dial in, and it offers plenty of configuration options. What’s more, it can be had for only €20. Other times you’ll find me smiling with satisfaction at the even better executed tape emulation heard in Slate Digital’s “VTM”. That said, I was more than a little intrigued when I received the official press-release concerning Softube’s “Tape”. If “Tape” exuded the same kind of highly convincing analogue vibe that other Softube treasures do, it must be something to behold – er, listen to, rather. *Grin.
Softube Tape lists for $99 (USD). I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I’m especially eager to delve into it and find out what everybody’s favorite “Rock-n-Roll Scientists” have come up with this time!