Goodhertz | Tupe | Vacuum Tube Amplification & Magnetic Tape Emulation
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Tube + Tape = Tupe
A timeless pairing — vacuum tube amplification & magnetic tape recording — brought to you in one quick & (possibly) dirty plugin: Tupe (/'tüp/).
From gentle harmonic enhancement to completely fuzzed-out distortion and saturation, Tupe was designed to reproduce some of our all-time favourite tape machines and tube circuits together. Combined with Tupe’s super expressive filter section, you can mix and match tubes, tapes, and filtering for an infinite range of analog colour and vibe.
- Three tube circuit models
- Tube Preamp
- Tube Console
- Tube Power Amp
- Four analog tape models
- 2-Track 15 IPS
- 2-Track 7.5 IPS
- 4-Track Cassette Hi
- 4-Track Cassette Lo
- Bias controls for both tube and tape for greater harmonic control
- 1960’s-style ladder filters with fully independent slope (both boost & cut) & resonance (both boost & cut)
- Self-oscillating resonant filter modeling
- Tilt equalizer
- Level-compensated input drive
- HQ Mode for even more analog-like sound
- Global amount control
Before the 1970’s, it was almost impossible to make a record without lots of tubes and tape. Analog tape machines were the primary way that music was recorded, and tubes were the most common amplifier technology used in preamps, mixers (ex. EMI REDD1 consoles), powered microphones (ex. Neumann U67), and guitar & bass amps (Ampeg, Fender, Vox, etc).
The sound that tubes and tape make together is incredible & unmistakable, both with their own complimentary flavors of harmonic saturation and nonlinear distortion. Listen to anything recorded at Motown, Muscle Shoals, Abbey Road, Stax Records, or Gold Star Studios in the 1960’s and you’ll hear that sound: fat, crunchy, rich, present tones.
As one regular client of Gold Star Studios put it: “You could literally smell the tubes inside the mixing board as they heated up. There was a richness to the sound that Western and United, our usual studios, never had. Those two rooms sounded ‘clean’ while Gold Star felt fat & funky.”
Even after the 60’s, tubes and tape continued to define sounds made all over the world — from King Tubby’s dubs in Waterhouse to the psychedelic rock of Shin Joong Hyun (신중현) in Seoul. (Of course, you can always drop out the tube to get the sound of an 80’s Chicago house bootleg cassette; or drop out the tape to get the sound of a boutique Los Angeles guitar amplifier of today.)
Tupe brings these analog sounds into the digital realm and makes it possible to blend in as much (or as little) coloration as you want from each element. We’ve also made it possible to boost the input drive to extreme levels — levels that could have easily fried the actual analog electronics — for more intense analog clipping. By combining the tube and tape processing in a single efficient plugin, Tupe can achieve a level of flexibility and fidelity not possible with separate plugins.