Santa Fe Springs, California – October 2021… IK Multimedia is pleased to announce the T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection, a collection of AAX, VST and AU plugins for mixing and mastering. The new TASCAM T-RackS collection of tapes builds on the strengths of four meticulously restored TASCAM analog recording systems, long recognized for their glorious sound and other audible characteristics. Developed with award-winning modeling technology from IK and in direct collaboration with TASCAM themselves, the result of this coordinated effort allows musicians to bring the warmth and classic characteristics of some of the best analog recorders into digital recordings. today, ultimately offering the best of both worlds.
Officially certified models
The TASCAM tape collection features 4 iconic analog tape recorders:
The TEAC A-6100 MKII, an improved version of the original mastering recorder first released in 1973 and still in great demand today to add warmth and color to recordings.
The TEAC A-3340S, released in the early 1970s, is the source of many famous song demos, and even entire albums made by some of the most influential rock bands of all time.
The TASCAM 388, released in 1985, combines an 8-channel mixing console and an 8-track tape recorder in one. Big hit and still at high prices today, the 388 is revered for its warm and evocative tone.
Cassettes TASCAM PORTA ONE MINISTUDIO from 1984 was TASCAM’s best-selling PORTASTUDIO, introducing thousands of musicians to the joys of home recording. Even today, the PORTA ONE remains popular for creating “lo-fi” sounds, creative experiences and even live performances.
A real complicity
From the start of this project, IK Multimedia and TASCAM agreed that the goal was to create authentic TEAC and TASCAM tape sound. To this end, TASCAM has selected the specific unit of each model, each fully rebuilt and meticulously calibrated. And for even greater clarity, TASCAM provided information on the analog band for which these systems were biased.
Davide Barbi, CTO of IK Multimedia, commented on TASCAM’s new T-RackS collection of tapes: “Since the beginning of digital recording, musicians and engineers have wanted a simple and transparent way to introduce Unique tonal characteristics of analog sound in the contemporary DAW environment. Our new collection of TASCAM T-RackS bands does just that, with the precision, warmth, and idiosyncratic subtleties that made analog so special to begin with. Together with TASCAM, we have created a special set of tools which I believe have the ability to inject a new level of authenticity and vibrancy into a wide range of music and other recording endeavors.
Each TASCAM tape recorder module offers common controls such as input and output levels, selectable input and playback audio paths, and a carefully chosen selection of recommended and classic tape formulations, each with their own unique sonic character. . A physically modeled alignment section allows users to go beyond normal machine audio alignment to experience the effect of different bias levels, tape recording levels, and recording and equalizers. reading.
Additionally, the IK Multimedia modeling team has included two popular features from IK’s Tape Machine collection. Transport modeling function accurately reproduces small inaccuracies in tape position in front of the head for incredible realistic performance, while True Stereo operation provides a perfect recreation of the stereo image effect produced by subtle differences which inevitably exist between the left and right channels on an analog machine.
The TASCAM T-RackS tape collection offers two ways to work: as a stand-alone AAX, VST2 / 3 and Audio Units plug-in, or inside the T-RackS 5 enclosure. Use them with any of the 48 more T-RackS processors to mix and master faster than ever, creating a powerful and lightning-fast workflow.
Pricing and availability
The TASCAM T-RackS Tape Collection is available for purchase from IK Multimedia online store and of IK authorized resellers worldwide for a special limited time introductory price of $ 129.99 / € * (reg. $ 199.99 / €). The four included individual TASCAM tape recorders can also be purchased separately for a limited-time introductory price of $ 79.99 / € * (reg. $ 99.99 / €).
About IK Multimedia
IK Multimedia is a leading music technology company that harnesses advanced software and hardware design to make professional-grade tools accessible to everyone, from its breakthrough AmpliTube and T-RackS software and award-winning iLoud reference monitors to its UNO line. analog synthesizers. and drum machines. With millions of installations and registered users worldwide, IK is also leading the way for mobile musicians with its popular iRig series of music creation tools for use with iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac / PC.
For decades, TASCAM has been the choice of musicians, engineers and broadcast professionals around the world, combining cutting-edge fidelity with legendary reliability. With solutions designed for an impressive range of audio applications and aimed at today’s top professionals, TASCAM continues to define the sound of modern recording. www.tascam.com.