Slate Digital VTM Virtual Tape Machines Plug-in (download)

Virtual Tape Machine Plug-in - Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU
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Analog Tape Tone for Your DAW

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Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines is a plug-in that juices your digital recordings with vitality. Analog tape machines have a sound. Massive, fat, warm, rich (and just plain exciting), analog has the density factor - that eat-it-with-a-spoon dimensionality that all the best-sounding records have. Run your mixes or individual tracks through Virtual Tape Machines and tweak-to-taste to infuse your music with warm, punchy analog tape mojo. If cold, dull, and lifeless digital tracks have given you a fever, Sweetwater has your prescription: Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Tape's magical properties can be yours, instantly
  • Virtual Tape Machines gives you the ne plus ultra of analog tapedom
  • Dynamically reacts to the music you're laying down
Tape's magical properties can be yours, instantly

For those of us fortunate enough to have recorded through a vintage console to 2" analog 16-track, that sound is the gold standard; the sound by which all else is measured. In comparison, tracking in your modern DAW-based studio can be a rude awakening. Incredible modern workflow conveniences aside, straight digital mixes have a way of, well, just sitting there lifelessly. Fortunately, there's something you can do about that. We get it that you really don't want to go back to chopping tape with with a razor blade, but the best of analog is yours for the taking - with Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines.

Virtual Tape Machines gives you the ne plus ultra of analog tapedom

In the development of this eagerly-awaited plug-in, Slate Digital Chief Technology Guru Fabrice Gabriel put his EE degree to work and studied the physical processes that take place when your record to analog tape threaded onto a good ol' tape machine. To nail what they were after, Slate Digital then engaged in a year of critical listening and algorithm tweaks. Finally, they modeled the best-sounding analog tape machines they could lay their hands on. And being located in LA's Laurel Canyon, wouldn't you know they had quite a selection to choose from. The result? An easy-to-use plug-in that will juice even the most lackluster digital recordings with stunning analog warmth and punch.

Dynamically reacts to the music you're laying down

As compared with cold, unyielding digital, analog tape is a recording medium that dynamically reacts to the music being laid down on it. If you've never experienced the delight of recording analog, please take our word for it: the difference is like night and day. Analog recording is alchemy - during tracking, you actually hit the tape with a certain level to achieve the desired degree of tape limiting / saturation on that instrument. So kick drums are the size of a barn, and snares are so impactful, they split your face in half when you play them back. You get the idea. Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines. You want this.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines Plug-in Features:
  • Modeled on tape machine types: 2" 16-track and a 1/2" mastering deck
  • Two tape formulations
  • Two tape speeds: 15 ips and 30 ips
  • Noise reduction control and auto mute
  • Wow & Flutter control
  • Bass alignment control
  • Normal, Low & High Bias settings
  • Level Calibration
  • VU ballistics
  • Grouping control
  • Settings global or per channel
  • Tape reels start and stop in sync with your DAW's transport
Warm up your digital recordings with Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines!

Tech Specs

Software Type Drums
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
iLok Required iLok 2 required
Format AAX, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Dual Core Intel Processor or higher, 8GB RAM recommended
Hardware Requirements - PC Dual Core Intel/AMD Processor or higher, 8GB RAM recommended
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number SD3000R

Customer Reviews

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I've tried the Kramer, and Waves J37. For metal, this is by far the best of the three with the J37 coming in 2nd. This plugin adds the most warmth and really makes the low frequencies punch with clarity! It does a great job cutting back on the digital high frequency harshness that you can't EQ away without sacrificing your track or mix.

Blown Away!

After seeing some youtube demos that were pretty impressive, I decided to give the demo a try. Literally, the WOW factor was instantaneous. So many tape plugins seem either too subtle or way overhyped. This sounds absolutely spot on. Best all around tape emulator I have ever tried. Needless to say, I'm permanently adding this one to the collection. I still have and use the Waves Kramer plugin, its a different type of sound and has a lot of versatility that I really enjoy. So, I'm not replacing this, just complimenting it. The Slate will be the workhorse of my studio, the Waves Kramer will become more of a specialty tool/character choice. This plugin has a sweetness and life to it that really the closest thing to good analog tape I believe I've ever heard.
Music background: Professional Producer, Mix Engineer, Musician

Love it!

I have never used a real tape but i like what it brings to the sound. There is something diffrent that i like in the mix i do now in Logic. My CPU suffers little bit. I put it only on few submix and on the master track. Nice plug.
Music background: Musician,


Real simple. This is flawless tape saturation. End of story.
Music background: Studio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist.

As close to the real thing as it can get!

I was skeptic. I gave a chance to several other tape emulation products before, and I never found anything that I would qualify as good enough... until now. Slate's VTM is amazingly close to what a real studio tape machine sounds like. In other words, this is your best option, short of having access to the real thing. Give it a try!
Music background: Recording Engineer & Music Producer

Sweetwater Advice

Ashton Vaudt

When I bought Slate Digital's Virtual Tape Machine, my mixes suddenly improved. Without even turning a knob, the bass tightened up, and everything became punchier, just like what old school tape machines would do. The various settings give me flexibility in shaping the mix. I can't think of a reason NOT to use this plug-in on every session.
See also: Slate Digital, Slate Digital Plug-ins: Bundles