Waves Kramer Master Tape Plug-in

Tube Analog Tape Recorder Modeling Plug-in - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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Breathe tubular analog life into your DAW tracks with the Waves Kramer Master Tape plug-in. Developed in association with Eddie Kramer and modeled on an Ampex 350 with 351 electronics, Kramer Master Tape gives you warmth, sweetness, and lucidity - without a trace of muddiness. Treat your entire mix - or just individual elements to offset the oftentimes harsh, clinical quality of digital. Engineers at Sweetwater find it's ideal for taking the digital edge off synthesizers or sampled instruments, and you can jack up the drive level to get tape saturation's punchy brand of compression. With Waves Kramer Master Tape in your toolbox, you have the best of analog and digital at your fingertips. It's a wonderful time to be alive and recording!

Waves Kramer Master Tape Plug-in Features at a Glance:
  • Modeled on the Ampex 350/351 reel-to-reel
  • Adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow & flutter
  • Slap & feedback delay
  • Up to 24bit 96kHz resolution
  • Mono and Stereo components
  • Supports RTAS, Audio Suite, VST, AU
  • Mac/PC compatible
Get tube analog goodness with Waves Kramer Master Tape!

Tech Specs

Software Type Tape Saturation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number MPXTDM

Customer Reviews

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Now listen ya'l I sacrificed to get this plug-in which turned out to be my X-Mas gift. The Kramer Tape was a bit smaller than I expected when I actually pulled it up on a single track. BUTTT the 1st sound I put it on was very dope. I couldn't believe how I could actually hear the sound I used a bit slower than when I originally played it the next day. It's very subtle but I heard it even more the 1 week after. This by far is a very great plug-in if you can program your own drums and baselines, meaning play it on the keyboard or guitar yourself without a band like me (don't have friends like that). Now with any plug-in you have to be creative but this one definitely shocked me and I haven't used it on on my drum bus which I'll be doing on every song geesh.. :) Love It
Music background: hip hop r&b etc

This tape definately has the GLUE !

First of all to all you people who have only had bad experiences with tech support people, myself included, NOT TRUE here, I had the tech gentleman at waves support install my tape plug-in for me remotely. VERY COOL ! Sometimes I have a brick wall for a brain when it comes to certain aspects of my personal confuser. I just sat back at watched the techie do his thing. He knew his stuff ! Now as far as the plug-in. At first I was kind of neutral until I sat back and listened to the files after processing. I have listened to my stuff so much I wasn't listening for musicality but for mistakes or how could I pick out those little dumb things on tracks to get it as good as you can. But when I just relaxed!, and just listened, I heard the glue! Ha Ha1 The sound is just more cohesive, not to almost make a pun, but it has that finished smoooooth and together sound.
Music background: Pro Musician

Stunning performance!

I grew up with analog tape and began in that medium. This plugin re-creates that feel and vibe to an amazing degree. I Tried it at the recommendation of an industry top mastering engineer friend...was blown away. You have to know how to use it and what expect. It is not a toy with immediate whiz bang artificial ear-grabbing "effect" sound appeal. You have to know what tape sounds like to really appreciate how good the Kramer MPX Master tape plugin actually is in re-creating that sound. Use it on all tracks and on the master bus for the real vintage sound,,,or otherwise as a creative addition to your vision.
Music background: Professional recording artist, composer, producer/engineer


It seems to bring some warmth and `glue` to a mix. I use a Dangerous 2 Bus to sum my tracks into a stereo track. This track goes back to my DAW and I`ve been leaving the Kramer Master Tape on since the beginning of my mixes. No miracle but it gives you a sound and vibe from the start. It makes me use less plugins on individual tracks, focus on balance. Great plug in.
Music background: Guitarist / Music production

Horrible upgrade policy

I bought this plugin for $100 and now they want #37 for ONE year to upgrade it. Madness. I care how good this is I will never buy a Wave product again. I feel totally ripped off and this isn't Sweetwater's fault;
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