The Steven Slate VTM, Is It The Go To Tape Emulator Plug-In?



VTM stands for Virtual Tape Machine. Modeled after the Studer A827 two inch sixteen track deck and the the Studer A80 RC half inch mastering deck. Fabrice Gabriel took on the challenge and the end result is very impressive. His commitment to detail is at another level. When Gabriel was doing the modeling he actually did it using two different types of Ampeg tapes the vintage FG456 or the modern FG9 which he has included on the plugins GUI for you to select from. I found the FG9 on the two inch tape very impressive on the vocal tracks. The supported formats are VST, AAX, RTAS, and AU for Mac and PC. After using this plugin now for over six months I must say it impresses me. It does what is says and I like to use it in my Master 2 buss as well as in any track that could use a little less digital and a bit more analog tape feel. You can get a nice fullness across the drum sub group which is one of my favorite places to insert it. The VTM is perhaps the best tape simulator out there, and I would say yes it is my go to tape emulator. 


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Drew Puzia is a multi-award winning Mix Engineer at SoundBurst Studios in Las Vegas. Drew is certified in Audio Engineering from the world renowned Berklee College of Music. His experience spans over three decades in the music industry and he has recorded and mixed countless musicians in many genres of music.








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