Tape was once the sole medium for the recording industry, and its sonic aesthetics still remain highly desirable in the modern age. These attributions can create rich, warm tones and build character and substance in bass tracks, with the medium also providing vast opportunities for audio effects and creative processing. Processing bass tracks through tape and tape machines can be executed in different ways depending on the desired processing effect or intent, and the capabilities of the machine.
Tape is the backbone technology of the electronic age, facilitating numerous audio and recording technology evolutions since its inception whilst paving the way of the music industry. Tape was once a workhorse for any form of audio, and the vast majority of classic audio masterpieces were made using it.
Tape’s sonic attributions can create rich tones, increase body and substance and improve the stereo field of a bass track. The most common uses for tape are for natural compression, tape saturation, re-amping, effects and improving stereo image. All of these are very beneficial if you’re looking to increase depth, width, warmth, volume and tone character in a bass track.
Different types of machines will have different capacities for the volume of tracks, channels and audio inputs. The auditory attributions will also vary from machine to machine, which will also affect the tone of the audio processed by it.
Depending on the capacity of the tape machine and the objectives of the project, bass tracks can be processed as mono and stereo files. These files will usually be sent back to a recording console or converted into a digital audio file via AD/DA conversion which can then be incorporated into a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) recording session.