When it comes to professional analog multi-track tape machines, there’s perhaps none more respected than the Studer A80. This Swiss machine became the universal standard for profes-sional high-end multi-tracking, and now it’s available for you as the T-RackS Tape Machine 80.
The A80 was produced from 1970 through 1988, and remained a studio staple throughout that time. In its various revisions, the A80 became an essential part of countless influential records, with a perfect blend between transparency and subtle harmonic enhancement.
Using a careful mix of dynamic convolution and physical modeling, the Tape Machine 80 re-creates the complex interplay of effects that are happening in the analog audio tape recording process, down to the finest detail.
4 magic formulas: the Tape Machine 80 lets you choose from 4 different tape formulations, each with its own unique harmonic character:
- 250: Modelled after the 3M/Scotch 250 tape
- 456: Modelled after the Ampex 456 tape
- GP9: Modelled after the Quantegy GP9 tape
- 499: Modelled after the Ampex 499 tape
Each Tape Machine plug-in offers controls over tape speed, head selection, record bias, and other common controls, as well as exclusive features like "true stereo" to re-create the subtle differences between left and right on a real analog machine, and IK's powerful new transport modeling, which captures the realistic wow and flutter of each machine.