Acustica Audio (Nebula, anyone?) shared some pretty exciting news with us today.
Taupe is a new analog tape emulation plugin, based on the latest incarnation of the company’s CORE 13 technology, which (according to the company) is the only engine capable of fully capturing the variable dynamic response of real analog tape machines, from the preamp section to the sought-after tape compression and harmonic saturation effect derived from driving the input stage.
Bold claims and silly puns aside, Taupe gives the user access to the sound of 21 machines from the late 50s up to the early 90s, the EQ section of 3 iconic American consoles from the 70s and 80s and 2 switchable compressors, all available as standalone modules too. See why we used the word ‘feast’?
MIX control and ECONO Mode
The MIX control is something different from the dry/wet knob found on most plugins. It allows the user to adjust the desired amount of ‘tape coloration’ – from 0 (preamp input signal) to 100% (tape signal) effectively blending the tonal characteristics of the machine’s circuitry with or without the tape component, for enhanced creative effects.
Uhm, is this Stranger Things theme really necessary?
Taupe responds to input level variations, just like its analog counterparts. This allows the user to reach for subtle to more obvious levels of tape compression and harmonic saturation when driving the input stage hot. The ECONO function disables the compression component of the tape, saving CPU resources for other effects.
Pricing and Availability
Taupe is available on Acustica Audio’s web store at a special Black Friday intro price of €161,85 (35% OFF the final retail price of €249)
For more information please visit the official Taupe webpage.
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