Analog recording (or a very close facsimile) is back!

Just when you thought analog went the way of the dinosaur, DigiDesign, creator of the recording software ProTools, recently announced their new Reel Tape Suite, a suite that creates analog tape emulation effects. The Reel Tape Suite provides simulated tape saturation, simulated tape delays and also simulates tape machine flanging effects.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club BandThink back, way back to the Beatles album Sargeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band released in June 1967. That album used many different effects, including the Flanger, among others. DigiDesign claims that their new plugins will warm up your digital sounds with unbelievable realism, also stating that whether you’re a professional audio mixer, musician, or live sound engineer, Reel Tape Suite (which includes TDM, RTAS®, and AudioSuiteâ„¢ versions of all three plug-ins) will bring the richness and vintage sound of analog gear to your Pro Tools|HD® Accel, Pro Tools LEâ„¢, Pro Tools M-Poweredâ„¢, Avid Xpress®, Avid Xpress DV, Avid Xpress DNA, or Digidesign® VENUE live sound environment system with ease.

What do you think of this product?
Will you be investing in the Reel Tape Suite for your digital home recording studio, or is this product simply made to satisfy a nostalgic craving for audio production techniques of the past?
Has anyone tried it out?

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience what wants to grow in their careers as professional voice users, and more specifically, voice actors. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Stephanie,
    I work hard to make my voiceover recordings as clean as possible, so I will not be investing in this set of plug-ins. I suspect they’re aimed a folks making music recordings where such “throw-back” effects are desirable.
    Be well,

  2. To a large extent, you don’t need these tools if you’re doing straight narrative work. However, if you want to capitalize on some of the imaging work-particularly for radio and to a lesser degree, television, tools like these are fairly essential-especially if you’re doing all the cutting, mixing and posting.