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  • 1 of 1 found this helpful.
    Master Tape gateway to the modern record

    by F. Henderson . 4 out of 5 stars

    I love recording my out of the box mixes back in through my Apollo 16 printing the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In to the final mix. It sounds so much more like the records I grew up on.


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    Excellent Special plug-in

    by A. Picciafuochi . 5 out of 5 stars

    I test it also for a personal remastering of an ultra famous 70's record that I own in HD quality files (176.4kHz/24bit), originally recorded in analog tape machines obviously, and the result was absolute stunning as on digital sources!


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    Kick ass

    by A. Eriksmoen . 5 out of 5 stars

    This plugin kicks ass. Great on individual channels and awesome on master bus.


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    Sweet Sweet Ampex

    by H. Goldstein . 5 out of 5 stars

    It`s actually hard for me to believe this plug-in exists...Having gone through the analog tape era and now the digital DAW era the fact that UA has gotten the vibe of analog tape in a plug-in is more than I could have wanted.

    This plug adds a certain unexplained magic to either a master stereo buss or can be used to change the personality of individual instruments, vocals etc...The presets are extremely usable and simply changing the formulation of the tape and tape speed can yield great results. You do need to watch levels going in to the ampex..but not a problem.

    Without any hesitation, it gets 5 stars from this user. Thank you UA !!!

    PS, I`m finding that setting it up as the next to last in the signal chain works the best so far.


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    Tape Simulation Perfection

    by G. Johnson . 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolute legend of a Plugin!
    I can use this in so many contexts, it has the ability to add that gentle crisp sheen to the top frequencies (in my case to match that 70s vinyl prog rock vibe), or to give some subtle drive to guitars / keys.
    Across all tracks and the master buss you get a superb "glue" to the entire mix.


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  • 2 of 2 found this helpful.
    F A T

    by M. Laws . 5 out of 5 stars

    I just drove a signal into this very hard and it poops diamonds out. Shockingly awesome. Coats bass driven music in a fine velvet sheen. :) - I might have to date this plug.


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    A Superb Tape Plug-in

    by M. Dantas . 5 out of 5 stars

    I decided to purchased the UAD-2 Satellite Duo and among a lot of interesting offered plug-ins,I decided to purchase the Ampex ATR-102.Since my main work is Matering Disc related,I was impressed with the final sound processed. My laptop,a MacBook has not presented any issues related while I was hearing the final mix with Pro-Tools 8.0 in my home Studio.
    Thanks Universal Audio for the excellence !


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    Obvious Difference to Oridinary Ears

    by T. GILCHRIST . 5 out of 5 stars

    Since purchasing the Ampex ATR -102 it has been a part of my mastering chain. I have been mastering since 1991 and I have never purchased a device or plug-in that has made such a difference. The character that it adds to a master is obvious to the trained ear because we know what to listen for. The true test was with my clients who has chosen the master with the Ampex ATR-102 as part of my mastering chain, every single time. I'm a believer. A good Mastering Engineer knows how to utilize the best in both digital and analog platforms . We have to make choices based on what is needed for that particular song or project. It is rare to find something that everyone agrees sounds awesome . THANKS UA.!! IGIT Mastering Studio


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    Ampex ATR-102 - Just go ahead and add to your cart NOW!

    by J. Clement . 5 out of 5 stars

    You know how it goes: new plugin, you feel you have to use it on everything. After the honeymoon is over, you start to realize that not every project needs your new toy.

    But I'm telling you right now, the UAD ATR-102 is different. This DOES work with every project, and it DOES make everything sound better. Unlike a lot of other tape simulation plugs that I have used on mixes this one always seems to be the right choice, it seems to add dimension and weight to mixes as opposed to just throwing another "color" onto them. It's true, the Ampex makes my mixes sound like a record; 3D, smooth, but punchy and just oozing with character. The ATR-102 is now a permanent staple in my mixes, it's a total game changer.


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    by J. Hill . 5 out of 5 stars

    The ATR-102 is that huge extra gain at the end of a great mix. I slap it on the 2 buss, turn to look at the clients face, and wait for the jaw to drop. Happens every time. The low end bump, high end clarity, and widening effect just makes it sound right every time. Need a little taming off the top of an ITB mix, just roll the HF screw back a bit and pure analog goodness ensues. Need a little more warmth......, hit the G9 tape roll and get ready for thick city. I pretty much use it on anything, because without it, it just don't have the kick ass factor. I'm not a fanboy for out of the box or in the box discussion. I just know that whatever this is doing, it is making my job easier, and my mixes better.


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    by M. Mehr . 5 out of 5 stars

    I checked the 14-days-demo-version, just for fun.
    That was a "mistake", because i was addicted immediately.
    Markus Mehr


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    by M. Mehr . 5 out of 5 stars

    I checked the 14-days-demo-version, just for fun.
    That was a "mistake", because i was addicted immediately.


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    by D. St.Blaine . 5 out of 5 stars

    I've been using Nebula tape sims for a while and I totally failed to demo the UAD Ampex because I figured that I had enough "subtle" tape sims. And of course the Ampex *can* be subtle but it can also be quite obvious. More so and more pleasingly than the UAD Studer (in my opinion). I use the Studer, the Ampex and Nebula now. Not always all of them on all projects but if I had to choose to keep just one of the three it would definitely be the Ampex.


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    by M. Kramer . 5 out of 5 stars

    every time i delude myself into thinking that UA just couldn't make a better plugin, they make a fool out of me. this is the analog-style plugin we've all been waiting for. play around with it for a while and you get 100+ variables and endless possibilities. but simply turning it ON makes a difference that is nothing short of miraculous. I own a Studer A80 2-track tape machine in my studio, but i don't need to run my mix through it nearly as much as i used to. This new UAD Ampex plugin sounds better. plain and simple. i'm thrilled to death over this one and the Studer A-800 plugin, and i'm scared to sh*tless to see what the team at UA dreams up next. Rock on, boys & girls!


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    by R. Patel . 5 out of 5 stars

    It took me less than 1 minute to love this great analog sounding tape plugin. I compared to the Studer A800 plug, and this one is far better for my use. I love the warmth of this plugin, it 'glues' my mixes amazingly, and I could not master without it. The bass rounds out nicely, adds subtle punch, provides subtle compression, and adds a sheen that I get from my Neve gear. One of the best UAD plugins ever.


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    by J. Pablo Ceballos Paredes . 5 out of 5 stars

    I never had the chance of using an analog tape machine, I´m from the new generation, but with this plug in now I understand what the people said about the magic of the old tapes. Im in love with the plugin, everything sounds biger and warmer


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    by M. Julien . 5 out of 5 stars

    The missing link in the chain.

    It's a new feat from Universal Audio, after the Studer A800.
    I love it.


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  • 5 of 6 found this helpful.
    Makes mixes sound like records.

    by D. Mazurek . 5 out of 5 stars

    That's it. Just buy it. :)


    This is just filler to reach the 50 character minimum. :)


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  • 3 of 4 found this helpful.
    Most historic engineering accomplishment in 20 Years

    by G. Brandt . 4 out of 5 stars

    OK , now the critique.

    I own an ATR 102. I have 1/4" and 1/2" heads. I have removed the input transformers.
    I have replaced the 1/2" record head with SAKi.Other changes done as well and yet, the machine sits in my garage unused. I decided to review this plug first because I'm basically lazy and don't have the energy to move the machine upstairs to my work room here in Wisconsin where I have moved from LA.

    I'm still in the middle of the road as far as a decision although I plan to eventually buy this and likely the Studer plug.

    ATR Bias needs work. Bias sounds harsh and not silky like the real machine. I would provide easier to control pots and a Bias meter with easy controls. Pots to small/sensitive

    Make bias tone silky like machine.


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    by M. Garcia . 5 out of 5 stars

    I've wanted this plug-in ever since it became available! I demoed it and fell in love with it immediately. Matter of fact I put off all my mixing and mastering jobs for four months until I finally bought it. I don't know what else to say to describe exactly how much I needed this tool in my arsenal. There are only a few other key pieces of hardware that I will add to my setup to push my sound to where I want it but as far as software goes, this is one of my final additions and it took my sound one step closer to perfection. Just thought I'd mention that I'm an owner of plenty of mixing and mastering tools; Waves Gold bundle and many singles and Ozone 4 as well as good monitoring equipment, a UA 6176,a Big Ben, but this was still VERY needed


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