AudioThing has released an update to the Reels tape emulation plugin with a built-in echo section.

Version 1.2 now features both tape-start and tape-stop effects.

Based on an old Japanese portable tape recorder with a very distinct Lo-Fi analog sound, Reels emulates all the imperfections of consumer reel-to-reel recorders.

We have modeled three different 1/4” tape frequency responses and saturations, along with all the analog imperfections of tape recording / playback.

Reels will add a very rough retro analog sound to your mixes. If you are looking for a Hi-Fi mastering tape emulation, this is not the plugin for you!

Changes in Reels v1.2

  • Added: Tape Start Effect.
  • Added: macOS 10.15 Catalina support.
  • Added: Parameter Lock.
  • Added: Edit Value option for Knobs.
  • Added: Notification System.
  • Improved: Tape Stop Algorithm, now up to 10sec.
  • Improved: CPU and memory usage.
  • Fixed: Echo section pitch issue when starting playback.
  • Fixed: Hiss and Motor Noise bug when Echo is active.

Reels comes in VST/VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats. It is currently on sale from AudioThing and distributor Plugin Boutique for only 39 EUR (regular 59 EUR).