The last tape emulation you'll ever need! perfect for adding warm analog character
"Tape Face is the best tape sim. Hands Down! Completely replaced Crane Song Phoenix II for me," - Jesse Ray Ernster (Kanye West, Doja Cat)
Tape Face is perfect for adding warm analog character to your master or sub group busses. Use our custom bias algorithm to add unique low mids and saturation to drums and bass. Or throw it down on every track to emulate recording through a physical tape recorder using our very CPU friendly oversampling!
Tape Type Switch
Tape Face now includes switchable tape modes (each with a specific sound)
Red and White (I) - This mode is the exact same as the original tape face. Perfect for getting that pumpy tape sound while adding minimal distortion. This setting is best used for mix bus or drums with heavy transients that need taming.
Blue (II) - This tape mode is by far our favourite over here at kiive (as you’ll see by all the presets for this setting). This mode emulates a near perfectly calibrated tape machine with silky smooth high end, low end bump and a very usable tape compression when the input is driven. Perfect for mix bus or any finishing touches.
Grey (III) - This tape mode was made with all our loFi producers in mind. It's a dark and gritty style tape saturation with every heavy Gain reduction and harmonics when pushed.
Input & Output - The input and output knobs are your main controls for how the tape emulations will react to your source sounds. Use the input to drive into the saturation and gain reduction.
Link - This button is fairly simple. Having this engaged will link the output knob to the input knob to maintain an even gain level.
On / Off - This button bypasses the plugin
Meter - This switch toggles between the 3 VU meter visuals.
IN (Shows the input of the plugin)
GR (Shows how much Gain reduction is applied)
OUT (Shows the output of the plugin)
IPS - This is a 3 way switch to control the speed the tape spins at. Measured in inches per second. The included ips modes are 7.5, 15, 30.
Saturation - This knob is a new feature to Tape Face. Use the saturation control to the threshold of when the signal starts to break up and saturate. This knob reacts differently depending on the selected tape mode.
Bias - The Bias knob on Tape Face is not like any old tape bias. This knob when set to +3 engages a completely different saturation algorithm with more low mids and a bit of a grittier distortion.
Low Boost - The Low Boost button when pressed in activates a low shelf to help make up some of the low that can be lost when using tape saturation.
Stereo Width - This is another new feature to Tape Face. Use this knob to either enhance the stereo width of tracks by emulating the nonlinear qualities found in actual tape machines due to the Left and Right paths being controlled separately. Or use it to decrease the stereo field and even turn a signal to mono when set to 0.
Noise - The Noise knob allows you to add in analog noise and 50Hz hum found in a lot of vintage gear.
Supported Plugin Formats
Mac 64bit / M1 Native: VST3, AU, AAX
Windows 64bit: VST3, AAX
Minimum System Requirements:
1 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor or AMD equivalent (PC)
4GB of RAM
Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, 10.14 or higher recommended