Technology is awesome, using our computers to produce and record music means unlimited tracks & memory, as many plug-in effects as we like and access to virtual versions of almost every instrument ever created. Modern recordings are, however, sometimes criticised for lacking ‘warmth’, something recordings of the 60s and 70s had in abundance.
It’s not rocket science, tube amps & tape machines are going to create a much rounder sound than your DAW, but once you’ve been exposed to the luxury of a computer it can be hard to go back. Luckily, we stumbled upon a cool little article which outlines a few ways you can get some old school warmth out of your new school equipment. Whilst these tips aren’t going to make your tracks sound like a long lost 1974 Marvin Gaye LP, they certainly will add some character and old school warmth.
A favourite tip from the article is:
So how do we get some of that tape loss effect? Roll off EQ? Buy a tape machine?
I don’t have (and can’t afford) a real tape machine. I use the UAD Studer A800. When you pull up the A800 it does add tape flavor.
I simply prefer to add more instances of the Studer A800 plugin and then bounce it. If I’m really going for some old moldy sounding stuff I use the tape machine at 7.5 IPS.
Using EQ to create this degenerated tape sound would surely be more complicated. It’s not just about the EQ, it’s about the noise floor and the gain staging of the machine.
It’s actually pretty wild how adding a few instances puts you back in ’64-’69.
Check the full length article here.