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 Synth tracks, with the medium also providing vast opportunities for audio effects and creative processing. Processing Synth tracks through tape and tape machines can be executed 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 synth 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 synths sounds are often produced digitally inside the DAW, it can be difficult to convey substance and ‘punch’. Processing synth tracks through tape can be very beneficial if you’re looking to increase depth, width, warmth, volume and tone character or help soften the edge of harsh sounding digital synth. Overall – this can help breathe more body, life and musicality into synth tracks and expand their stereo field.
Depending on the capacity of the tape machine and the objectives of the project, synths can be processed as as individual mono or 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.