u-he has announced 9 September as the release date for its Satin tape effects plug-in for Windows and Mac, with 64-bit support for both platforms.
With its three operation modes, SATIN is an all-rounder: Studio mode is predestined for multichannel tape saturation effects, all optionally controlled from a single instance.
Delay mode offers complex multitap tape delays, and Flange does true through-zero tape flanging (think Small Faces “Itchycoo Park” or Hendrix “Bold as Love”). In all modes, the tape speed is continuously variable from 7.5 to 30 inches per second.
While aiming for a complete simulation of classic tape machines, u-he also decided to include the noise reduction circuits. This is not spurious whimsy: the classic compander models can be used for decoding old tape recordings, or for dynamic processing and colouration effects such as – a known trick amongst seasoned tape-ops – enhancing background vocals and e.g. acoustic guitars.
Since releasing their analogue synth plug-in Diva, u-he have been making a big thing of the accuracy of their models – SATIN is the next member of an ongoing series…
- Mix-and-match emulation spans all major historical developments in tape technology.
- Multiple instances can be controlled from one panel – ‘glue’ several tracks together.
- High-quality: internal sample rate up to 384kHz, continuous tape speed control.
- All the ‘goodness’ of tape (saturation, transient-smoothing, HF compression etc.).
- Full control over the ‘badness’ (head-bump, wow&flutter, asperity noise, hiss etc.).
- Record / repro EQ standards (separately selectable), classic NR compander standards.
- Extra FX modes: through-zero tape flanging, host-synchronizable 4-tap stereo delay.
Satin will be available to purchase on September 9th, 2013, for a 4-week introductory price of $89 USD (regular $129 USD).