IK Multimedia’s Tascam Vintage Tapes collection lets you get creative with four iconic tape machines
It models the TEAC A-6100 MKII, TEAC A-3340S, TASCAM 388 and Tascam Porta One Ministudio.
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Did you know Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca was the first chart-topping single to be entirely produced in Pro Tools? Yes, ‘twas a time when only state-of-the-art studios had the computing power for digital recordings and indie musicians turned to Portastudios and two-tracks to record their own music. It’s quite a twist that those machines have now skyrocketed in value, and going digital is easily more affordable.
The T-RackS Tascam Tape Collection gives music-makers the freedom to experiment with four pre-DAW era machines: the TEAC A-6100 MKII, TEAC A-3340S, Tascam 388 and Tascam Porta One Ministudio.
Each emulated circuit is said to be authentic, developed with IK’s in-house modelling technology and Tascam’s data to bring the audio hallmarks of each machine into the box.
Music-makers will be able to access common parameters such as input and output levels, selectable input and reproduction audio paths, and even choose from a selection of classic tape formulations which each have their own character.
You’re also able to experiment with different bias levels, recording levels and EQ through a meticulously modelled alignment section.
The pack draws two features from IK’s Tape Machine Collection. Transport Modeling function is said to accurately reproduce the inaccuracies of the tape position in a realistic fashion, while True Stereo operation mimics the characterful stereo image created by unbalanced left and right channels on an analogue machine.
Aside from running within T-RackS 5, the collection is able to run standalone on Windows and Mac or as a plug-in for your DAW in AAX, VST2, VST3 and AU formats.
IK’s TASCAM Tape Collection is available now at an introductory price of $/€129.99 (usually $/€199.99). It’s also possible to get each tape machine separately at a limited-time price of $/€79.99 (usually $/€99.99).
Learn more at ikmultimedia.com