What is Oxide Tape
Universal Audio is renown for, among other things, their groundbreaking tape emulation technology. With Oxide Tape, it is now easier than ever to give your tracks and mixes the warmth, presence, and vibe of professional audio tape.
A lot of tape plug-ins are complex to use. With Oxide Tape, once you select the IPS (inches per second), EQ, and noise reduction toggle switches, the magic happens by merely tweaking the input and output controls. It's hard to get this thing to sound bad. The VU meter is front and center, there to help you from overcooking the signal.
What Universal Audio Say About Oxide Tape
The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in provides UA's revolutionary magnetic tape emulation technology in a simple, affordable package — with all of the essential features. By harnessing the musical, mixable sound of tape, Oxide gives you clarity, punch, and warmth so every track "sounds like a record."
The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in was engineered by the same team behind the industry-leading UAD Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Machine and Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Machine plug-ins. Designed in conjunction with AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, Oxide gives your tracks and mixes the warmth, presence, and vibe of professional analog tape.
Whether you're tracking in real time using an Apollo interface or mixing in your DAW, Oxide's intuitive controls deliver musical results for beginners and pros alike. Just select IPS (inches per second), EQ, and noise reduction settings, and tweak input and output controls to taste. By emulating fat tape compression and colorful circuit behaviors, Oxide gives your tracks and mixes the cohesive glue that only analog tape can provide.
As full featured as Logic Pro X’s internal FX are, one unfortunate omission is a tape emulation plug-in. So, this is a very worthwhile addition to Logic’s built in processors. I'm a big fan of tape emulation technology. And the simpler it is to use, the better, in my opinion. The more controls there are, the more you can unintentionally alter the source audio in ways other than merely imparting the coloration that results from running the signal through a tape machine. In this video, sponsored by Universal Audio, I show two different approaches to using Oxide Tape in a real-world mix. They both work, yet yield slightly different sonic results.
We need to be mindful of our available DSP when running plug-ins on our UAD hardware. DSP limitations are simply a reality. So in many cases, we may not have the available resources to run an instance of Oxide Tape on every track or bus. That's okay, though. Running it only on busses, or even just on the master bus works fine too. No matter how we use it, it will impart some subtle saturation and give the cohesive feeling that tape compression brings to a track or a mix. We can do this individually on each track or bus. Or affect the whole mix at once creating the tape compression vibe we often refer to as "glue." No matter how we use it, there is sonic warmth to be added at whatever step along the signal flow we choose.