Sonteka just posted a review with a guide on how to use the T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection. The author is experienced in using physical TASCAM machines and has a real appreciation for how realistic and useful the TASCAM Tape Collection is for adding warmth and character to your mixes.
Some extracts from the review:
What I love about the TASCAM Tape Collection
Looks good, sounds good, and is very easy to use. I know looks aren't the most important aspect when it comes to plug-ins, but on some level, it is! Visuals are very important, people like looking at cool things.
TASCAM Tape Collection layout
I smiled when I noticed the similarities within the layouts of the units. Slightly different locations, but they're there. The continuity makes using the units and understanding their flow very easy.
When to use the T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
I use them simply for adding warmth and Mojo to the mix. This is one of my secrets when it comes to music placements, specific for tv (music licensing)... Making sure the mix is on point.
I shoot for results that aren't overly dramatic, but noticeable and round. With that being said, each machine has its own character.
What the different tape settings do
Favorite TASCAM tape formulas
TASCAM PORTA ONE Specific
I used to use one of these with an MPC 3000. What I would do is process and filter my incoming signal (sample) via the TASCAM PORTA ONE and record that signal into the 3000. There are two tape formulas on the PortaStudio:
TASCAM PORTA ONE helps shape drum breaks and give clean modern-sounding drums more character.
I like to put the TASCAM PORTA ONE on my drum bus and make the drums extremely dirty. This is perfect for trying to capture that Boom Bap and Lofi sound.
T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection conclusion
IK Multimedia did an amazing job with the TASCAM Tape Collection. They're easy to use, sound good, versatile and they make a huge difference on my mix bus. I hope to see other classic emulations in the future.
Read the full Sonoteka review here.
To learn more about the 4 available TASCAM and TEAC models and to try them out for yourself, visit the TASCAM Tape Collection product page here.