IK Multimedia has announced the T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection, a new collection of AAX, VST and AU plugins for mixing and mastering that draws upon the strengths of four restored TASCAM analog recording systems recognized for their unique tone and other audible hallmarks.
Developed with IK’s modeling technology and in direct collaboration with TASCAM, the result of this coordinated effort allows musicians to introduce the warmth and classic characteristics of some lauded analog recorders into today’s digital recordings.
The TASCAM Tape Collection offers:
— The TEAC A-6100 MKII, an upgraded version of the original mastering recorder first released in 1973 and still much sought-after today for adding tape warmth and color to recordings.
— The TEAC A-3340S, released in the early ’70s, is the deck behind many famous song demos, and even whole albums made by some of the most influential rock bands ever.
— The TASCAM 388, released in 1985, combines an 8-channel mixing console and an 8-track tape machine in one. The 388 is still noted for its warm and evocative sound.
— The cassette-tape-based TASCAM PORTA ONE MINISTUDIO from 1984, which remains popular for creating “lo-fi” sounds, creative experiments and live performance.
TASCAM selected the specific unit of each model, each fully rebuilt and carefully calibrated. And for greater accuracy, TASCAM also provided information about the analog tape these systems were biased for.
“Since the onset of digital recording, musicians and engineers have been wanting an easy, seamless way to introduce the unique tonal characteristics of analog sound into the contemporary DAW environment,” says Davide Barbi, IK Multimedia chief technolog officer. “Our new T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection does just that-with the accuracy, warmth, and subtle idiosyncrasies that made analog so special to begin with. Together with TASCAM, we have created a special set of tools that, I believe, have the ability to inject a new level of authenticity and vibrancy into a wide range of music and other recording efforts.”
Each TASCAM tape machine module offers common controls such as input and output levels, selectable input and reproduction audio paths, and a carefully chosen selection of recommended and classic tape formulations-each with its own unique sonic character. A physically modeled alignment section lets users go beyond the regular audio alignment of the machines to experiment with the effect of different bias levels, recording levels to tape, and recording and playback EQs.
Additionally, IK Multimedia’s modeling team has included two features from IK’s Tape Machine collection. The Transport Modeling function is designed to accurately reproduce the small inaccuracies of the tape position in front of the head for life-like performance, while True Stereo operation provides a recreation of the stereo image effect produced by subtle differences that inevitably exist between the left and right channels on an analog machine.
The T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection offers two ways to work: as a stand-alone AAX, VST2/3 and Audio Units plugin, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell. They can be used together with any of the other 48 T-RackS processors for fast mixing and mastering. mix and master faster than ever-creating a powerful, lightning-fast workflow.
The T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection is available for purchase from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide at a special limited-time introductory price of $/€129.99* (reg. $/€199.99). The four included individual TASCAM tape machines can also be purchased separately for a limited-time introductory price of $/€79.99* (reg. $/€99.99).
*All pricing excluding taxes.
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