Waves Kramer Master Tape
Developed in association with producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss) as part of an ongoing series of collaborations, the Kramer Master Tape plug-in (PC/Mac; TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST, AU) is modeled on a rare machine comprising an Ampex 350 transport and 351 electronics. With adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow and flutter, along with noise parameters, the plug-in provides comprehensive control over the contours of any sound. Waves has also added a flexible slap and feedback delay, ideal for rock, dance, dub and countless other styles. For recording, mixing, mastering and more, Kramer Master Tape brings the richness and warmth of real tape saturation to any DAW setup.
When Waves started its hardware-modeling project with Kramer, the company’s intent was to create a model of the original recording chain from Olympic Studios in London that the producer/engineer used on his recordings of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Hendrix. The first two plug-ins resulting from this project were the HLS Channel and PIE Compressor. The last piece of the chain was the Kramer Master Tape plug-in. The Ampex 350 and 351 valve tape machines were mainstays of the recording industry and were used for literally thousands of hit albums and singles over more than two decades of recording. Waves tracked down a perfectly maintained machine (owned by veteran mixer/engineer Eric Schilling), and began the long, complex modeling process. Assisting Waves were Bob Olhsson (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross) and co-developer John Haeny (Jim Morrison and The Doors, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne). Waves used 3M Scotch 206/207 tape for the modeling, as it was considered an almost ideal match for this machine.
The Waves Kramer Master Tape plug-in is now available at a U.S. MSRP of $200 native/$300 TDM, with special introductory prices of $99 native/$149 TDM being offered for a limited time. It is also available at no additional charge to owners of Waves Mercury with current Waves Update Plan coverage.
Phil Manchester/Waves Forensics package
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