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Waves Kramer Master Tape Plug-in - Native Reviews

4.0 stars based on 16 customer reviews
  • Steven J Goldman
    from Washingtonville, NY September 17, 2015Music Background:
    Professional Audio Engineer


    Sure, this thing works great on individual tracks. What I love this for is the master buss however. Hitting the 7.5 ips tape before any saturation/eq/compression adds an instant gloss to a mix that nothing else quite matches.

    It's not the only tape I have, and not even the only tape I use on the master buss, (Slate's VTM always goes before limiting for me) but it can work some small wonders on even a great mix.

  • Dwight Clark
    from Rockford,IL March 7, 2014Music Background:

    It's the sound I was looking for

    I love this plugin !
    I use it in tons of ways vocals ,instruments or I might just put it
    over the whole thing . But it's just my taste I'm from the 80's and 90's era
    so it does the job for me . Sweetwater as always does a great job delivering your product . They have the best customer service I've ever seen .

  • Adam
    from Merchantville, NJ USA January 11, 2012Music Background:
    Professional Musician and Recording Hobbyist

    Warms up the digital cold.

    This plug-in is great at warming up digital tracks. When the plug-in is engaged, I can immediately hear the harsh, high frequencies of tracks get rounded off, the low end becomes thicker, and more detailed is added. Engaging this plug-in can quickly make tracks sound more "real," with analog coloration. Be sure to use caution though. It is easy to dial in too much flux, noise, or wow and flutter when tracks are soloed. I find it best to use Trim before the plug-in, select a preset in MPX, and increase or decrease your gain, in Trim, until you find the sweet spot.

  • Customer
    from Nashville, TN November 28, 2011Music Background:


    To be completely honest, I don't like the other Kramer plug-ins. They seem more gimmicky than useful. But this one surprised me tremendously. I don't believe this is the best tape emulation out there. But it definitely shouldn't be this cheap. Its sound and functionality great exceed its price. You can definitely tell they spent some time on this one. Its not just a pretty picture like a lot of the other Waves stuff is. I still just don't understand why this doesn't cost more. This should be headlining their bundles right now.

  • Rafael
    from United States April 16, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Musician

    Kramer Tape - Awesome!

    Great plugin from the start! One thing i have learned about all plugins in general is that you have to use these things CREATIVELY. I mean, don't just crank the stuff up because you can. Use it to make your recordings sound BETTER. It's a TOOL. Learn to use it artistically, and it will actually do what it is supposed to do. It adds a sonic warmth to tracks that most digital stuff takes away. Loving this plugin!

  • Alex
    from Oregon June 11, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Musician, Live Sound Engineer

    Tape Goodness

    The Master Tape plugin has blown me away. I tried out a demo after being intrigued by the idea (since most of my favorite recordings were done one tape) and the next day I had to buy it. After getting my drums mixed, I poped this plugin on my drum buss and selected the drum set preset and after a little bit of tweaking it was magic. My drums were warmed up beautifully and sounded so much more "real". The snare was mellowed out in a good way and still punched through the mix. On bass its a miracle worker. After getting a bass sound carved out with EQ and compression, using the Master Tape to add a little bit of grit helps the bass to cut through in just the right way without adding any harsh highs or losing any of its body or punch. And lastly as a vocal tool it has helped the vocals find that perfect spot to just sit. I am in love with this plugin. The only reason that I don't give it five stars is because its a CPU hog (but for good reason, there is a lot of processing its doing). I don't have the fastest computer, I am running a macbook with only 4 gigs of ram, so if I had a faster machine, I'm sure that my CPU problems would be non existant.

  • Jason Burk
    from Houston, Tx December 28, 2011Music Background:
    Foh engineer, bass player, drummer, cello, acoustic, vocals, recording engineer, mixing engineer, lead guitar treble eliminator and soldier in the US ARMY.

    Review of the Kramer Master Tape plugin

    Simply put, if you treat it like a tape machine, it will sound like a tape machine. Check your ins and outs and watch your distortion and it is a really easy product to use. If you go all knob wacky on it, you might run into some problems with the mix later on.

  • Rich Kurtz
    from New Jersey March 12, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    Eddie Kramer Master Tape

    Eddie Kramer Master Tape is a unique plug-in in the world of WAVES. KT fills a very subtle and subjective niche better than any other Analog Tape emulation I've ever heard. You'll need to dedicate some time getting used to what YOU are comfortable with in "use", but you won't want to work without it after that point. Eddie Kramer Mojo for a good price. It's a winner!

  • Paul C.
    from Hawaii March 1, 2012Music Background:
    Musician, producer, engineer

    I love it

    This plug-in is great. I use it on my master track(s) to glue the mix together. As other reviewers have stated, don't get too crazy with the knobs. I use it on just about every song that I produce because it lends itself well to my sound; one that harkens back to the days when music was warm and not so digital. Ironic really.

  • Customer
    from January 31, 2012

    Waves Kramer MPX Master Tape Native

    The pluggin does what you'd expect. Anyone from the old days will recognize many of the preset names and easily translate that into what you're going to hear. For the money, it's good to have this in your software/pluggin tool-chest.

  • John B
    from Nashville, TN July 23, 2011Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    Solidly Useful

    Been sprinkling this around my mixes for the past month, and have found some nice uses for it. By far the best is on kick and bass, set to 7.5ips. Rounds out the low end in a unique and very pleasing way. I'd buy it again just for this. Also nice to put across subgroups to give things a little more definition and body, a "rounder" feel, more dimensional. Flux can soak up transients nicely for some material. The wow & flutter, flux and delay tools are nice touches that come in handy here and there - glad to have them.

    Sounds like Waves put a lot of time and effort into designing this plug-in, and I've found it to be truly useful, when applied intelligently.

    Only con: Sucks up CPU like mad.

  • DMT Audio
    from Saratoga Springs NY June 24, 2011Music Background:
    Audio Engineer and musician for 20 years+

    Sticky like glue!

    Although you can't really truly recreate the analog feel or sound, this little plug-in does one thing extremely well.....it glues your mix together. I noticed some more detail on in the highs when using this one individual instruments but it really shines on a Buss or my favorite is to add it to the path in WaveLab for mastering. It makes instruments and frequencies stand out that seem to be lost in the mix.
    For the price you can't go wrong adding this plug-in to your library!

  • Matt
    from Tampa, FL April 9, 2014Music Background:
    Professional Producer, Engineer, Musician

    Very Useful

    this is a very useful tool that is great in a number of ways.. from simply warming up a sound to creating delay effects, adding noise, etc, its very versatile. It is used on virtually every project I do. I find it helpful as a vocal de-esser, wonderful on the drum buss, great for warming up a thin acoustic or adding girth and bite electric guitars, or gently compressing/saturating an entire mix. It does NOT eliminate my need for other tape/saturation plugins though. It does a great job of modeling this particular hardware unit, but there are other colors in the rainbow that it doesn't cover, such as the sweet sound of a studer mastering deck or the fat sound of a high quality 2" tracking deck. While i love this plugin, i do find the Slate VTM better suited for a "Sweet" sounding master.

  • Lance Lindley
    from Ebina, Japan January 5, 2012Music Background:
    Overzealous hobbyist, the voice of Joe Everyman!

    A very subtle effect, to my ears

    I've read the Waves white paper on how they designed this plug-in and it was very interesting and impressive. I suppose if you really know what you're doing, like if you're familiar with tape machines, you can probably coax some realistic tape simulation out of this. I have no clue about any of that. I'm a "factory preset" kind of guy. My experience with this plug-in is that it's very subtle, unless you choose one of the presets that adds a lot of noise to a track (or add it yourself by twisting the knob). That noise is interesting as an effect, but it really is "noisy" and will dirty up the quiet parts of your track a lot. Beyond that, as I said, it can sometimes be very difficult to hear when this plug-in is engaged or not on a track (unless it's provided slap-back delay, obviously). That can be a good thing, as often the best tweaks are small tweaks, especially in mastering or across the main stereo bus. And the subtle effect that I do get out of this is a nice, warm kind of compression that doesn't have the in-your-face character of most limiters. I'm not wholly convinced that, even at this low price, that makes this plug-in worth the money; but again, I'm probably not clever enough to use it to its fullest potential. So, if you are "un-clever" like me, you also may want to leave this plug-in alone. It certainly isn't something you're going to drop on a track and go, "Wow! It sounds like The Beatles now!" More like, "Hmmm, I think I like it a little better with this on. Let me try enabling and disabling it about 15 more times with my eyes closed just to be sure."

  • John S Carpenter
    from Rochester NY September 14, 2013Music Background:
    Recording & Sound Stds Musician 50 yrs Running

    Misslead but Good

    I purchased the VR9 software package that included the Kramer Master Tape and think it is a good software program but all the plugins in the system are not all licensed to be used. I find that to be deceptive or a bait and switch scenario and am damn displeased to not be able to access this. I know that mistakes happen but this will play on my mind as I decide my next purchase and who will get my business. I would not be so upset if I could have reached your support people, I spent 3 full hrs spread over 3 days on the phone listening to what a good customer I am and just how important I really am. Rubbish, if this was true you would have enough support people and this is not the case! By the way never did get a human on the phone.

  • Robert
    from Tampa, FL April 18, 2014Music Background:

    What a pain just to use the software

    I just purchased this plugin, had I known prior to purchase the convoluted process that waves has in place just to use their software I would never had bought it. After purchase I was sent an email from Sweetwater with the S/N and several links concerning activation etc. I created an account at the Waves website and tried entering the S/N and got an error message telling me to contact their Tech support. I then also looked at a link that was a video explaining how their licensing works. They use a cloud based system they call Waves License Center (WLC). I strongly suggest you ask to see this video explaining how it works before you make any purchasing decision. I use my DAW on both my desktop workstation as well as my laptop. If I have activated their plugin on say the desktop but then a few days later I want to use it on my laptop I have to log on to their site and de activate the activation for the desktop and then activate it on the laptop. What a PAIN IN THE ****! I would not even do this if they gave away their software for free. I do not mind buying my software nor do I mind registering a serial number however I cannot stand the software companies that have multiple layers of Draconian DRM in an attempt to thwart piracy. Well I will not deal with this junk and have demanded and received a refund. I am glad I had only paid 29 bucks when it was on sale. If I had not been able to get a refund I would still not have used this garbage and would just have chalked it up to making a dumb purchase.

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