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 Beats tracks, with the medium also providing vast opportunities for audio effects and creative processing. Processing Beats tracks through tape and tape machines can be executed in different ways depending on the desired processing affect 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 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 beats tracks, and also provide opportunities for audio effects and creative processing. The most common uses for tape are for natural compression, tape saturation, re-amping, effects and improving stereo image.
As beats are often produced synthetically, it can be difficult to convey substance and ‘punch’. Processing beat tracks through tape can be very beneficial if you’re looking to increase depth, width, warmth, volume and tone character. Overall – this can help breathe more body, life and musicality into your beats.
Depending on the capacity of the tape machine and the objectives of the project, beats tracks can be processed as stems (grouped) or as individual mono/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. Files will usually be summed to stereo or multiple channels for surround sound, depending on the capacity of the machine and desired format.