The Warm Analog Sound of the World’s Most Popular Multichannel Tape Machine and Four Famous Tape Formulas in One Plug-In
Authenticated by Studer, and modeled by UA’s world-renowned team of DSP engineers and AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight over a 12-month period, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2 is the first and only product of its kind. This plug-in faithfully models the entire multitrack tape circuit path and electronics of an A800 machine — plus the distinct sounds of multiple tape formulas. Put simply, it's the world’s most accurate representation of professional analog tape recording, now available on Mac and PC.
As the first microprocessor-controlled tape machine, the Studer A800 marked a new generation of professional multitrack recorders when it was introduced in 1978. Years ahead of its time, the A800 remains a sonic benchmark, and can still be found in studios all over the planet. However, with their massive steel frame and meter bridge, twin half-horsepower motors and cast alloy deck plates, original A800 units tip the scales at a backbreaking 900 pounds — not to mention the space required to house such a device. The UAD-2 plug-in version poses none of the hardware hassles of manual calibration and maintenance, nor the potential for tape degradation — while retaining all the beautiful sonic qualities that make tape such a beloved recording medium. Just drop the A800 in your first insert on every track desired, and enjoy the benefits of having recorded to tape.
The Studer A800 for UAD-2 provides all of the original unit’s desirable analog sweetness; like magnetic tape, users can dial in a clean sound, or just the right amount of harmonic saturation using the Input and Output controls. The reel deck IPS control steps through the three tape speed choices available on the original hardware (7.5, 15, or 30 IPS), each with distinct frequency shift, head bump and distortion characteristics. The tape Type control lets users choose from four of the most popular magnetic tape formulas of the last three decades, each with their own subtle sonic variation and tape compression characteristics. The Cal control allows the user to choose between +3dB, +6dB, +7.5dB, or +9dB calibration levels, which can be used at their recommended settings, or tweaked for additional tonal options. Input, Sync and Repro paths, plus Thru (bypass) are available for authenticity, providing all available circuit options of the A800.
Input provides -12 to +24 dB gain Output provides -24 to +12 dB gain Signal Path selection Thru provides plug-in bypass Input provides machine electronics-only path without tape Sync provides path of audio being recorded to tape via record head and playing back via record head, plus machine electronics Repro provides path of audio being recorded to tape via record head and playing back via repro head, plus machine electronics IPS Tape Speed provides selection between 7.5, 15 and 30 IPS (inches per second) operation Tape Type provides selection between 250, 456, 900 and GP9 formulas Calibration provides +3, +6, +7.5 and +9dB operating levels Emphasis Equaliser selects between NAB or CCIR curves at 7.5 and 15 IPS (AES at 30 IPS) Auto Cal Off/On provides automatic calibration for Record EQ, Bias, Playback EQs when switching IPS Tape Speed, Tape Type or Emphasis Equaliser Record EQ / HF Driver provides a continuous â??boost filterâ?? gain from 0 to 22.5 dB Bias / HF Driver provides a continuous recording head oscillator voltage from 0 to 15.5 volts LF / Sync Playback EQ provides a continuous low frequency filtering gain +/- 4dB HF / Sync Playback EQ provides a continuous high frequency filtering gain +/- 8dB LF / Repro Playback EQ provides a continuous low frequency filtering gain +/- 4dB HF / Repro Playback EQ provides a continuous high frequency filtering gain +/- 8dB Noise Off/On provides global enabling and disabling of noise components Hiss provides independent control for the noise floor component of the Studer A800 system +/- 25 dB Hum provides independent control for the 60 cycle (NAB/AES) or 50 cycle (CCIR) AC component of the Studer A800 system +/- 25 dB Gang Controls Off/On provides temporary global access to all Studer A800 instantiations from one Studer A800 GUI window for all plug-in parameters Show/Hide button reveals/hides the calibration and setup controls by clicking the Studer Badge Open/Close label VU meter displays post input, pre-output signal