VTM Tape Machine

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Virtual Tape Machines

Digital recording is now the standard for professional music production, but many engineers and musicians still long for the days of analog recording.

And they do for good reason – Analog Tape Machines have a SOUND.

Big, fat, warm, deep, rich and exciting are just some of the terms used to describe what recording onto a piece of magnetic tape sounds like. To those that know, tape is simply more musical. So we modeled two of the most famous tape machines in audio and provide them both along with options like bias, tape speed, tape type, and more in Virtual Tape Machines.

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    World Class Tape Machines For Your DAW

    VTM has been praised by pro engineers for its extreme authenticity because every aspect of tape is carefully reproduced. This authenticity is due to years of intense study from Slate Digital CTO Fabrice Gabriel. Using VTM on your tracks and mixes will make your mixes warmer, smoother, punchier, and more analog!

    Choose Your Favorite Machines & Tape Stock

    VTM emulates both a 16-track 2-inch tape machine and a 1/2 inch stereo mastering deck. Not only that, you can also choose between the two most popular tape formulations. Different formulations have different properties and headroom and ultimately will give you different sonic results.

    Control Your Speed

    Virtual Tape Machines accurately emulates the behavior of both of the most common tape speeds of 15 and 30 ips. Engineers who use tape sometimes choose which speed to use based upon the material they’re recording, since the bass response can differ a great deal between the two speeds. You can further refine the bass response using the bass alignment slider in the Settings module. 

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    Slate VTM Tape Machine Key Features

    • Modeled on tape machine types: 2"" 16-track and a 1/2"" mastering deck
    • Two tape formulations
    • Two tape speeds: 15 ips and 30 ips
    • Noise reduction control and auto mute
    • Wow & Flutter control
    • Bass alignment control
    • Normal, Low & High Bias settings
    • Level Calibration
    • VU ballistics
    • Grouping control
    • Settings global or per channel
    • Tape reels start and stop in sync with your DAW's transport

    Operating System

    Mac, PC



    Bit Depth

    32-bit, 64-bit


    AAX, VST2, VST3, AU
    Authorization Type iLok 2 or later

    Mac Hardware Requirements

    Quad Core i5 or higher, 4GB RAM recommended

    PC Hardware Requirements

    Quad Core i5 or higher, 4GB RAM recommended

    Mac OS Requirements

    macOS 10.12 or later (Apple Silicon Supported)

    PC OS Requirements

    Windows 7 SP1 or later

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