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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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    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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    My favorite tape emulator, by far

    by B. Grotto . 4 out of 5 stars

    I happen to have a real ATR 102 1/2" deck, and it's really the only mix down deck I know intimately. The UAD comes damn close. I really dig what it does to the bottom end. It has a tendency to "pull in" the low mids, which can be really nice on some things (most things, actually, at least for my mixing style), but sometimes thins out a bit too much. With all that said, though, there are so many options (tape formula, tape width, speed, tons of cal choices, tranny in or out, etc) that it just opens up a TON of possibilities, and it's usually easy to find what works best for a particular mix.


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    I have no idea what I'm doing and it still sounds great.

    by J. Grasty . 4 out of 5 stars

    The title says it all. I am still getting used to the Ampex, especially since I have never used a "real" one. Even without a lack of knowledge, the effect on the sound is great. It has made some of the mixes come to life.


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    I have no idea what I'm doing and it still sounds great.

    by J. Grasty . 4 out of 5 stars

    The title says it all. I am still getting used to the Ampex, especially since I have never used a "real" one. Even without a lack of knowledge, the effect on the sound is great. It has made some of the mixes come to life.


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    Warmth and Sparkle

    by P. Tuttle . 4 out of 5 stars

    I was on the fence about spending this much $$ on a plugin. I'll never look back. This is awesome! 4-stars for the high price, but audio is great.


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    It's a mainly bass tool

    by B. Muehlemann . 4 out of 5 stars

    What this plugin does to the low end is simply gorgeous. Glues everything together in a way I never achieved with just compression and EQ. Someone mentioned velvet earlier - that's the best way to describe it. The bass heavier the music, the more its gonna like the ampex. The transient response is nice too. Didn't really like what it does to the high end though. Most presets include a boost up there, and this sounds rather cold - some might say digital. So you're best off aiming for a linear high end response and get the sheen with other tools.


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    The first sample

    by D. Medvedev . 4 out of 5 stars

    Hi! Slowly prazbirayus with this device. One thing I can tell he's doing his job. Although not all the tracks it can be applied, it is necessary to accurately represent what you want to get to the finish. In general, good!


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    hum.. not shure for master after all

    by B. Armand . 4 out of 5 stars

    very impressive plugin, you run the demo, you are impressed by the "3D" effect", you buy it but.. after months of use, finally I take it off my master busses and realize that most of my mixes sound better without.. confusing. I think it can be great on vox, drum busses, accoustic guitars, it can be great for many reasons: warming up the sound, get a sensation of 3 dimensions, high end details, delays effects, wow and flutter.. but on a master, I feel I loose something in the feeling of stereo.. Does someone feel like I do?


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    Ampex ATR-102

    by M. Stallings . 4 out of 5 stars

    Hey all,

    I've had the Waves Master tape for some time now. I liked it ok, but never had anything to A/B against ? The Waves always sounded a little cloudy and distorted easily . Since I had nothing to compare to, it seemed ok. Once I auditioned the Ampex on channels and master channel, I had to have it. For me, adding tape is critical and this plugin really improves the smoothness, detail and can add character ( or not) to anything. Being a minimalist, I got rid of the Waves since I would never use again. The Waves would be ok if all you need is a hint hear and there, but if its going to be instrumental in your product, then it was worth the "big money"! The 4 score was only because I spent too much. :-l

    mitch (Tampa, Fl)


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    Use with caution and find the holy grail

    by E. Jexén . 4 out of 5 stars

    So, I just use this when mastering, and the studer on all tracks. When you learn to tweak it it will sound absolutely amazing. The Studer & Ampex are a golden combo!


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    by A. Oberholz . 4 out of 5 stars

    First I was very skeptical and I found I can get similar results with other plug ins.

    But the day after I was going on with a song something was missing.
    I watched the mix-bus and the ATR 102 Plug In was bypassed.

    This was the moment where I recognized "Sounds like a record" is not pure marketing hype. The base range glued more together and the transients where much rounder, the soundstage opened a little up.

    But this is not a set and forget plug in.
    You have to tweak it to your needs.

    I am just not sure of buying it because of the huge price-tag for a plug-in.
    On the other side owning such machine would be more expensive.

    But money is these days rare,
    I guess I would be in at 20-30% price drop.
    The problem is I want to buy the lexicon reverb 224 as well.

    May I ask for second demo period- before I buy it to make sure I need so badly.

    5 Stars for modeling!
    4 Stars for the price-tag!
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    Overall 4 Stars from Germany.


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