Reel Tape Saturation


Re-create the classic analog tape saturation effect

Reel Tape™ Saturation accurately models the warmth of analog tape machines, giving your recordings an "old school" feel. Reel Tape Saturation gives saturation effects based on common analog tape formulations, including the classic Ampex 456 and higher-output Quantegy GP9. The plugin features carefully modeled characteristics from well-known tape machines including the 3M M79 and Studer A800. Utilize complete control over tape speed, hiss, bias, and calibration levels. Reel Tape Saturation is easy to use and hard to live without for mixing digital recordings or live sound.


  • Drive: –12 dB to +12 dB
  • Output: –12 dB to +12 dB
  • Tape Machine: US (3M M79 emulation), Swiss (StuderA800), Lo-Fi (limited-bandwidth tape devices such as tape echo)
  • Tape Formula: Classic (Ampex 456 emulation), Hi Output (Quantegy GP9)
  • Speed: 7.5, 15, 30 ips
  • Noise: Off (-INF) to 024
  • dB Bias: -6 dB to +6 dB
  • Cal Adjust: +3 dB (equivalent to 250nW/m), +6 dB (equivalent to 370nW/m), +9 dB (equivalent to 520 nW/m)


  • Bass Drum
  • Bass Guitar
  • Snare Drum


  • Phase and frequency response characteristics modeled from three types of analog tape machines
  • Saturation effects modeled from two popular tape formulations
  • Variable tape speed effect from 7.5 to 30 inches per second
  • Adjustable amount of tape hiss
  • Bias controls simulate the effect of under- or over-biasing the tape machine
  • Cal Adjust control simulates the effect of three common calibration levels

System requirements

Windows Windows 7 and later
Mac Mac OS 10.7.x and later
Pro Tools Pro Tools 10.x and later
Max Sample Rate 192 kHz
Copy Protection Requires iLok


AAX Native

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