IK Multimedia announced the T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection, a collection of AAX, VST and AU plug-ins for mixing and mastering. The new T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection draws upon the strengths of four restored TASCAM analog recording systems.
The TASCAM Tape Collection offers four analog tape machines:
- The TEAC A-6100 MKII: an upgraded version of the original mastering recorder first released in 1973.
- The TEAC A-3340S: released in the early ‘70s.
- The TASCAM 388: released in 1985, combines an eight-channel mixing console and an eight-track tape machine in one.
- TASCAM PORTA ONE MINISTUDIO: the cassette tape from 1984 was TASCAM’s best-selling PORTASTUDIO.
From the onset of this project, IK Multimedia and TASCAM agreed the goal was to create authentic TEAC and TASCAM tape tones. TASCAM selected the specific unit of each model, each fully rebuilt and calibrated. For even greater accuracy, TASCAM provided information about the analog tape these systems were biased for.
Each TASCAM tape machine module offers common controls such as input and output levels, selectable input and reproduction audio paths, and a carefully chosen selection of recommended and classic tape formulations. A physically modeled alignment section lets users go beyond the regular audio alignment of the machines to experiment with the effect of different bias levels, recording levels to tape and recording and playback EQs.
Additionally, IK Multimedia’s modeling team has included two popular features from IK’s Tape Machine collection. The Transport Modeling function reproduces the inaccuracies of the tape position in front of the head for lifelike performance, while True Stereo operation provides a recreation of the stereo image effect produced by subtle differences that inevitably exist between the left and right channels on an analog machine.
The T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection offers two ways to work: as a stand-alone AAX, VST2/3 and Audio Units plug-in or inside the T-RackS 5 shell.