IK Multimedia is celebrating Tascam’s 50th anniversary with the T-RackS Tascam Tape Collection with 4 classic tape machine emulations for your DAW.
Tape machines are often used by music producers to add a warm, grainy character to their tracks. They are not only used for finishing tracks but also for experimental sound design. Many DAWless musicians have them in their live sets. The demand for these devices has also increased significantly in recent years, which has also prices to rise.
For those who prefer to work in the box, these well-known TASCAM devices are now available as plugins. IK Multimedia teamed up with TASCAM to recreate four classic Tascam and Teac tape recorders as T-RackS processors.
IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
The new TASCAM Tape Collection features emulations of meticulously restored TASCAM analog recording systems mainly known for their glorious tone and other audible hallmarks. For this, IK Multimedia modeled the chosen units in great detail. From the subtle differences between the left and right channels up to the behavior of the transport mechanism of the various machines. They also expanded them with 7,5 and 15 ips speed settings, bypass options, and more.
To that end, TASCAM selected the specific unit of each model, each fully rebuilt and meticulously calibrated. And for even greater accuracy, TASCAM provided information about the analog tape these systems were biased for.
The bundle features four iconic analog tape machines. It starts with the TEAC A-6100 MKII that is an upgraded version of the original mastering recorder first released in 1973 and still much sought-after today for adding tape warmth and color to recordings. The TEAC A-3340S, from the 70s, is the deck behind many famous song demos, and even whole albums made by some of the most influential rock bands ever.
Then, it also includes the TASCAM 388 from 1985. It combines an 8-channel mixer console and an 8-track tape machine in one unit. Hugely successful, and still fetching high prices today, the 388 is revered for its warm and evocative sound. And of course, it also comes with an emulation of the famous and best-selling TASCAM PORTA ONE MINISTUDIO from 1984. Even today, it remains a popular hardware unit for creating lo-fi sounds or live performances.
Another feature addition is the ability to choose different tape formulations. Different ones are available for each device: BASF LPR35, BASF SM911, Ampex 456, Quantegy GP9, and Ampex 499. For the PORTA One, you can choose between Type I and Type II cassette tapes.
Four interesting new tape emulations, especially for everyone who wants a warm and lo-fi character in their sounds and tracks.
IK Multimedia T-RackS Tascam Tape Collection is available now for an introductory price of $99,99 USD/€ excluding VAT (reg. $199 USD/€). The four machines are also available individually for $79,99 USD/€ each (reg. $99.99 USD/€). It runs as a VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugins on macOS and Windows.
More information here: IK Multimedia