CRTIV TapeBus v1.3: A Plugin for Reel-to-Reel Tape Sound
If you are looking for a plugin that can recreate the characteristic elements of the reel-to-reel tape sound, you may want to check out CRTIV TapeBus v1.3 by Voxengo. This plugin is available for Windows and Mac OS platforms, and supports VST, AU, and AAX plugin specifications.
CRTIV TapeBus v1.3 simulates the saturation, modulation noise, and smearing effects that are known for the \"analog\" feel they bring to audio recordings. It also applies a selected impulse response taken from the existing tape machines. You can choose between 4 distinct tape impulses, 2 flutter noise modes, and several \"overload protection\" circuitry modes.
This plugin is great for mid-high frequency smoothing, and can be used for various music production applications. It has a user-friendly interface with preset manager, undo/redo history, A/B comparisons, contextual hint messages, and more. It also supports 64-bit floating point processing, all sample rates, 1 ms compensated processing latency, user interface color schemes, resizable user interface, Retina and HighDPI support.
You can download a trial version of CRTIV TapeBus v1.3 from Voxengo's website[^2^] or purchase it for $39.95 USD. The trial version has a processing output muted for a moment every 45 seconds. The full version is authorized with a product key, which is a text string: no challenge/response nor dongle is required; connection to our website is not required.
If you are interested in other plugins by Voxengo, you can also check out their TransGainer transient shaper plugin[^2^], VariSaturator tube saturator plugin[^2^], OVC-128 128X oversampled soft/hard clipper plugin[^2^], and more.
Reel-to-reel tape sound is a type of analog sound recording and reproduction that uses magnetic tape as the medium. It was widely used in the 20th century for music recording, broadcasting, and film production. Reel-to-reel tape sound has a distinctive sonic character that is often described as warm, smooth, rich, and organic.
However, reel-to-reel tape machines are expensive, bulky, noisy, and require regular maintenance. They also introduce various artifacts and imperfections to the sound, such as hiss, wow and flutter, distortion, and frequency response loss. Some of these artifacts are considered undesirable and need to be minimized or eliminated, while others are considered desirable and add to the aesthetic appeal of the sound.
CRTIV TapeBus v1.3 is a plugin that aims to emulate the desirable aspects of the reel-to-reel tape sound without the hassle and cost of using a real tape machine. It can enhance the sound quality of your digital audio tracks by adding subtle warmth, depth, and color. It can also create vintage-style effects by increasing the saturation, modulation noise, and smearing effects. You can adjust the parameters of the plugin to suit your taste and preference.
To install CRTIV TapeBus v1.3, you need to download the appropriate binary distribution file for your computer platform and audio plugin specification from Voxengo's website. You can choose between AU, AAX for Mac, or VST, VST3, AAX for Windows. Note that for Logic Pro you should download the AU, AAX package, and not VST.
After downloading the file, you need to unzip it and copy the plugin file to the appropriate folder on your system. For Mac OS users, you need to copy the plugin file to the /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/ folder for AU plugins, or to the /Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins/ folder for AAX plugins. For Windows users, you need to copy the plugin file to the C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\VST3\\ folder for VST3 plugins, or to the C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Avid\\Audio\\Plug-Ins\\ folder for AAX plugins.
Once you have copied the plugin file, you need to restart your audio host application and scan for new plugins. You should be able to find CRTIV TapeBus v1.3 in the list of available plugins and load it on your audio track. You can then enter your product key to authorize the plugin and start using it. aa16f39245