U-He Satin Tape Emulation

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U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:03 pm

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It's out, it's amazing. It's been on my master bus for a few weeks, and will remain there for a long, long time! Highly recommended.

Mix-and-match emulation spans all major historical developments in tape technology
control multiple instances from one panel - 'glue’ multiple 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


More info and purchasing info:
http://www.u-he.com/cms/satin
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby tomorrowstops » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:20 pm

ooooo, this sounds pretty great. I'm going to try out the demo this afternoon and see how it compares to UA's Studer A800....
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby meatballfulton » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:24 pm

I gotta ask...how did you set it up? I loved it when digital recording got rid of hiss, wow and flutter, etc. now we have plugins to bring it all back :roll:

I can understand using the coloration effects (head bump, saturation, etc.) though and through-zero flanging is still the best.
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:26 pm

My advice is to simply download the demo, and try it out yourself. This thing can do so much to sound, it's very useful/cool. And c'mon, are we always trying to add some delicious dirt to our otherwise clean DAW mixes?
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby tomorrowstops » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:03 pm

I love clean recordings, but I also really love the character the older technology brings to the mix. With these plugs you can really mess with things sonically on purpose, even beyond what the old machines did by accident. Just another tool in the tool box really. Best of both worlds these days!
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby meatballfulton » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:35 pm

Ned Bouhalassa wrote:c'mon, are we always trying to add some delicious dirt to our otherwise clean DAW mixes?


Sure, but who wants wow and flutter? ;)

At least you can turn that off =D>
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:49 pm

meatballfulton wrote:
Ned Bouhalassa wrote:c'mon, are we always trying to add some delicious dirt to our otherwise clean DAW mixes?


Sure, but who wants wow and flutter? ;)

At least you can turn that off =D>


Slight wow and flutter on one channel of a dry synth + no w & f on identical channel (duplicate) = chorus! :lol:
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Solderman » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:46 pm

Mostly interested to know how well it serves as glue for final mix tracks in a purely digital domain and how it compares to PSP Vintage Warmer or impulse engines like Nebula. Will be checking it out soon.

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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby c-level » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:50 pm

waves kramer MPX is interesting too. been meaning to field test it on some rock productions but put it on some of my electronic productions and it totally blew out and oversaturated the low end
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby trevordutton » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:53 am

Hey Tomorrowstops -
I'm curious to hear about how your comparison went between this emulation and UA's Studer 800. Feel free to post your findings when you get the chance . . .
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby DemianMusic » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:40 pm

I bought this about a week ago and am loving it so far.

It sounds good on the master, but I have major reservations about doing anything to the master...

Using it on tracks and groups that need it. Works amazing on bass and drums. Best saturation you could ever ask for.
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Ned Bouhalassa » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:52 am

FWIW, I use on my master. And sure, it colours my sound. But I like that colour! To me, it's like when, in the old days, you'd master onto your half-track, using a particular brand of tape, your own degree of saturation during gain stages, etc, and that would be your signature.
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby DemianMusic » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:48 am

I just figure my mastering engineer can do more when I leave my master track clean.
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Audiofanzine » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:44 am

Hi everyone! We just published our review and test of Satin. Comments and suggestions most welcome!
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Re: U-He Satin Tape Emulation

Postby Ned Bouhalassa » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:37 pm

Excellent review!
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