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Freaky and Free tape saturation for Logic Users
Last post Wed, Feb 22 2012 by Stephen W. Beatty, 3 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Feb 15 2012 00:19
by Stephen W. Beatty
Joined on Sun, Apr 27 2003, Wheat Ridge,CO, Posts 238

If you are using Logic 9 with a PC slave this might be of interest. You can use the tape delay in logic as a saturation Plugin. In the output window of the sequencer open Delay>Tape Delay >stereo. When the window opens disable the sync button (bright blue) and set the delay to o.o ms. Set the dry slider to o% and the Wet slider to 100%. The Feedback slider seems to work best at less than 30%. The triangle on the bottom left hand corner opens a distortion slider not sure I hear the effect. You can enable and disable to test the effect of this plugin. I had to disable some of the compressors in MIR to avoid extreme clipping especially drums, but other than that drums seem punchier and instruments have better presence. I saw this on a post on the internet and would like to get some feedback from VSL users on whether this is a useable tape saturation plug in.

Regards,

Stephen W. Beatty 

SWBEATTY
Posted on Tue, Feb 21 2012 19:47
by emspace
Joined on Sat, Oct 03 2009, Posts 53

Stephen W. Beatty wrote:
...The triangle on the bottom left hand corner opens a distortion slider not sure I hear the effect. You can enable and disable to test the effect of this plugin...

I've also used this "poor man's tape saturation plugin" trick as well. You can measure what's going on by inserting a spectrum analyzer on the master bus (I use Voxengo SPAN) and feeding it a 1kHz sine wave; you'll see the odd harmonics being generated as you adjust the Distortion Level parameter (most noticeable when slid towards negative values).

Posted on Wed, Feb 22 2012 23:50
by Stephen W. Beatty
Joined on Sun, Apr 27 2003, Wheat Ridge,CO, Posts 238

Thanks emspace for the reply, I think it does a good job with tape saturation. It may not be fancy but it is easy to use and combines well with the outputs of compressors in  MIR Pro 5. I have no idea how it compares with the high end softwares.  

Regards, 

Stephen

SWBEATTY
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