Universal Audio Studer A800 Tape Recorder

Tape Machine Plugin

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The Basics

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It has 3 types of activations, iLok USB, iLok Machine, and iLok Cloud.

Different brands/products will offer different iLok methods. iLok USB is always an option, but the availability of iLok Cloud and iLok Machine methods is at the discretion of the software developer.


iLok Account

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iLok License Manager

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iLok USB Key

iLok USB

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It is the best option for portability, if you frequently move between multiple machines, and offline use.


iLok Machine ID

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While this is a convenient way to work offline, and does not require the additional cost of an iLok USB, there is the risk of a license being lost in the case of a drive failure.

This option also requires extra care when you upgrade to a new computer, the license(s) must be deactivated on your old machine first to ensure you do not lose them.


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The Rich Analog Sound of The World's Most Popular Multichannel Tape Machine

For more than 30 years, artists and engineers alike have been drawn to the warm analog sound, solid low-end, and overall presence of the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder.

The sheer number of albums recorded on this legendary 2" analog tape machine - including classics from Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jeff Buckley - serve as shining examples of the musicality of analog tape.

Fully authenticated by Studer, and modeled by UA's world‑renowned team of DSP engineers and magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in is the first product of its kind.

By faithfully modeling the entire circuit path of the famous A800 machine from Allen Sides' collection at Ocean Way Studios, this is the most accurate representation of multitrack analog tape recording available.


Features

  • Track and mix with the complete Studer A800 electronic signal paths, including Input, Sync, and Repro paths
  • Add warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch that only genuine tape can provide
  • Create complex analog textures with the distinct sounds of multiple tape formulas
  • Use the Studer A800 LUNA Extension to easily add warmth to your entire mix on a per-channel basis

Included Versions

  • UAD Native - Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware (AAX, AU, VST3)
  • Apollo Realtime & UAD-2 - Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware (AAX, AU, VST2)


LUNA Extension - Integrated Multitrack Tape

With LUNA Recording System, you can use the Studer A800 as a LUNA Extension, and easily get tape character on every audio and instrument track, intuitively tweaking settings across all channels.

As you build up your mix, you'll hear the cumulative "cohesive" effect of mixing from magnetic tape.

Far beyond a simple tape plug-in, the Studer LUNA Extension is woven into the fabric of LUNA's mixer, giving Apollo interface users an analog-inspired workflow with bona fide analog sonics to match.



A Groundbreaking Tape Machine

Introduced in 1978, the Studer A800 was the first microprocessor-controlled tape machine.

Years ahead of its time, the A800 remains a sonic benchmark, and can still be found in studios worldwide.

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.

The Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder poses none of the hardware hassles, yet retains all the beautiful sonics that make tape a beloved recording medium.

Capturing the Magic of Tape

Just like magnetic tape, you can dial in a clean sound, or just the right amount of harmonic saturation using the Studer A800's Input and Output controls.

The IPS control steps through tape speed choices (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 - each with their own subtle sonic variation.

There is also a secondary set of controls like Noise, EQ, and Bias for an even more jaw-dropping palette of tape textures.


System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.15 Catalina and above
  • Windows 10 and above (64-bit only)
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
  • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
  • iLok Cloud and iLok USB licensing methods are supported

Plugin Formats

  • UAD Native: AAX Native, AU, and VST3
  • Apollo & UAD-2: AAX Native, AU, and VST2
  • Crossgrade Proof

    This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.


    Types of proof

    A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

    A screenshot of your product registration

    A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.