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Kiive Audio Tape Face Review 2024

With a few more capabilities to allow you variety in every mix, Tape Face is an analog recreation of a vintage german tape machine. Tape Face is ideal for giving your master or sub group busses warm analog flavor. Use our own bias algorithm to give drums and bass distinctive low mids and saturation. Or use our highly CPU friendly oversampling to slam it down on every track to simulate recording through a real tape recorder.

If you don’t need wow or flutter control, Kiive Audio’s Tape Face belongs in the discussion as well. It uses so little CPU for the quality that it merits wider recognition as a wonderful alternative for those searching for a zero latency tape saturation plugin that can go anywhere.
It even has connected input/output controls, a feature I wish other effects plugins had in order to combat the “louder is better” prejudice as well as for gain staging.

You may use Tape Face’s In / Out section to drive your sounds into more aggressive distortion by turning the input knob or adding subtle tape saturation to your recordings by setting the gain to unity (0). There is also a link button in this section that, when touched, will reduce your output volume automatically.

You can switch the VU meter style in Tape Face’s Meter / IPS section between the in signal, gain reduction, and out signal. You can switch between 7.5 ips and 15 ips using the IPS switch. You can change the tape bias in the Tape Face’s Bias / Low Boost area from normal to +3. When the input is pushed, the low boost button activates a low frequency EQ curve to restore some low end that was lost. The analog tape machines’ hum and noise levels can be changed using the noise knob.

Use the built-in custom bias algorithm to give drums and bass distinctive low mids and saturation. Or use the very CPU friendly oversampling to throw it down on every track to simulate recording using a real tape recorder! The final tape emulator you’ll ever need is Tape Face v3!