Most of us barely have a place to put our coffee cup in our studio, let alone an old-school hardware tape machine.
Luckily, because of the great work done by u-he, we can now access the sound of not just one but many different tape machines, with all the luscious smooth saturated compression we're looking for and we get to tweak it to our heart's content with all the little nuances of old tape machines. All that and more in the box and in one plugin called Satin!
Now, if you've not yet spent some time with a tape machine it might take a little moment or two to get used to what the different parameter controls do. Once you've done that you'll quickly realize why this is considered the best saturation plugin by many producers and audio engineers.
You probably know by now that tape saturation is a result of the interaction of various components of a tape machine and the flavor they each impart to a signal passing through. Satin models each of these components and then allows these components interact in the way they would in hardware tape machines.
Apart from the saturation you also get to add/create tape delay and tape flange and you get to impart traditional tape artifacts like hiss, bias, crosstalk, wow and flutter to your sounds or mixes.
The Repro Head(s) section enables you to adjust Gap Width and Bump parameters to shape and modulate your tone even further. In the same section you can play around with the Azimuth parameter that creates interesting spacial effects in the way you get with a skewed tape head on a machine.
In the Circuit section you can switch between different EQ circuits to use the modeled curves of classic machines or create more out-there processing effects by playing around with different combos between the recording and reproduction EQs.
From subtle saturation to more extreme distorted sounds and whether it's single tracks like vocals, bass, guitars, keys, synths or group tracks and even your entire mix, Satin u-he opens up a world of delicious sonic possibilities, fun and goodness in the home studio.
Satin by u-he is available for Windows and Mac and has a trial version you can demo before you buy.
Take it for a test drive today. (affiliate link)