I’ve been searching for a quality tape sim for years now. I started using Cakewalk’s Tape Sim (still an excellent freebie), then I moved onto Ferox’s plug, and now I believe I’ve finally found the sound.

Magnetic is another offering by Nomad Factory. They bill it as a “Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape Warmer”.  I’ve never owned a reel to reel, so I can’t speak to whether or not it sounds anything like a vintage tape machine, but when placed on my master buss it makes every track sound warmer and fuller. The sound is kind of like combining PSP’s Vintage Warmer or Old Timer with Ferox’s tape plug.  Here’s what NF’s website says about it:

MAGNETIC can be used in many different musical ways. Try using it on individual tracks to add subtle warmth and tape color to your drums or use it to create a filtered cassette AM-radio effect on a vocal. But that’s not all… when used on the master bus, MAGNETIC can warm your entire mix and “boost” it up to broadcast level. It’s just like having a 30+ year old reel-to-reel tape machine at your fingertips, without all the maintenance costs.

You can’t get it for $49 anymore, but you can still get it here.


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