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Tone Empire Plugins released Reelight Pro (Tape Saturation and Compressor)

The invention of digital audio recordings liberated sound engineers in many ways which were not possible in the analog era. Even with all the tools at one’s fingertips, musicians and engineers sorely missed the sound and sonics of earlier recordings. The magic that the recording mediums imparted by default and one which was taken for granted.

Reelight Pro is a plugin designed to bring back the authentic tape sounds of not one, but 6 different sought-after Tape Machines at different speeds and levels to bring us even closer to the “reel” sound of tape. With this plugin , you also get access to desirable parameters such as tape speed, bias, input saturation, crosstalk, and even the compression imparted by tape as separate controls! The plugin comes with a lot of presets designed to help get you started, or design your own from scratch!

Advanced Dynamic IR (Impulse Response) systems that Tone Empire have developed in addition to DSP modeling, help us achieve the authentic sound of tape machines like never before.

Hysteresis Processing along with a great sounding resolver, help us achieve the “wow” factor!

I/O Section

The Input Gain sets levels from -24dB to +24dB with 0 dB in the center, This control acts in the same way as on analog tape recorders, the more gain you increasing, the harder the tape is hit with sound, and create the correct response audible in terms of saturation and compression.

The Lock feature lets a user increase input gain with an automatic gain compensation for an increase in levels in the output.

The Output Gain sets output levels from -24dB to +24dB with 0 dB in the centre,


This plugin features a set of 12 dB/Oct (20Hz to 20 kHz)High Pass and Low Pass Filters using an analog design scheme for a natural sound. These are Pre-Filters, and affect the sound before the tape algorithms.

Tape Machine Selector

These selectors labeled A-F, let the user select the different Tape Models :

B - STUDER A 812
D - TEAC A2300 SD
E - AEG Telefunken M20
F - REVOX B77 mk2


Select Slow or Fast speeds offered per tape machine.. these vary from 3 1/2 ips to 30 ips depending on the machine selected.


This control lets you adjust the Bias of the machine selected and creates a desirable saturation effect in addition to Input Gain Saturation.


This controls the envelope of the sound like a compressor, allowing the user to emulate the “compression” characteristics of tape. The effect is subtle but noticeable.


An artifact of multitrack tape machines was “Tape Bleed” or signal bleed, whereas the signal on adjacent tracks also record additionally on each other.. creates a mono-spatial effect.’You can adjust the amount desired for this parameter.


You have the option of 2x-8x oversampling, depending on your CPU power and computer resources, this helps “smooth” the sound and sound even closer to the analog bandwidth.


Tone Empire has provided Presets per machine and also some categories, to help the user get started quickly. Tone Empire does recommend using the controls and your ears to shape your own sound!

No Wet/Dry?

Why is there no wet/dry control? Let us answer this for you... To use the plugin and make it sound authentic, adding a dry signal back into the processed signal creates “phasing”.

Moreover, the tape is the final medium of printing the sound! It is intended to be used as a full effect. Tone Empire has already provided all the controls to tweak your sound minimally or as an extreme.

So, as opposed to having one wet/dry control for the whole sound, you actually control the amount of each effect individually.

Reg Price: $99
Offer valid for a limited time period.

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Ive been interested in transparent gear and processors lately, and just wondering what the most transparent plugins are that your using. I think i would say the fabilter compressor, and ozone eq are probably mine. The fab limiter has a bit of a gloss to it to me I'm not sure if its as transparent as the ozone limiter but i do like it. I haven't used it yet but i think the softube Weiss comp/limiter/maximizer will probably be more transparent than ozone or fab.

Anyway just curious about this because sometimes transparent is the color for the job, and wondering how you all handle those. With so many options its cool to know what everyone likes.

Mixing with Samplitude Pro X5 - (only included plugins)

Mixing with Samplitude - You & Me & The Radio

I've been doing this for a while. Once or twice a year, I like to download free tracks and mix them. It gives me a chance to adapt to different recording qualities and mind set. I mostly mix my own stuff, so I think it's a good exercise to do.. If you want to join me, download the tracks and send me links to your mixes. Human Radio - 'You & Me & The Radio' Pop/Rock Downloaded here : https://www.cambrid…

In this case I forced myself to use only Samplitude tools and I discuss my choices along the way
Please let me know your thoughts, if I made a mistake, if my choices make sens. Also, the song isn't mastered by the end of the 3 videos..
Anyone interested to master the song, let me know I can give a link to the last mix.
If not, I will probably make another video for the mastering even if I'm not a mastering engineer...

Tone Empire Plugins released VCA Compressor - Model 5000

Hey, Guys Tone Empire released a new plugin , Its called Model 5000 ( API 2500 x 2 clone? ), Its free for the first 15 days. They are running it on Intro Sale - $49 ( Original Price: $99 ). I think its a good deal.

More info about the Product: https://tone-empire…

Product Description:

The Model 5000 is a "Heavy-Weight" VCA compressor design and part of our "Enhanced Classics" series.
Essentially a Hybrid compressor, which takes inspiration from a known American Compressor and The Classic British Console Bus Compressor.

This compressor features a unique "KNOCK" circuit (based on a sidechaining with a varislope eq selection) for a "Tight" Low End and lift. It also has a transformer path which can be switched in for some saturation.
Overall this compressor features fixed ratios, attack and releases time as well as an AutoGain function for signal boost which is best suited for "Heavy" compression.

This plugin also allows the user to engage Oversampling at 2x, 4x & 8x, so the material can really sound "analog" and the plugin can be pushed hard without any artifacts.
It works great on any genre from Rock to HipHop and Dance productions and is great for tracking, mixing, and mastering.

Offer valid till Oct 31st, 2020 as per their Facebook page.

Technical question about getting plugins information

Hi all!

So close to what I'm searching for, I wonder if there would be a solution. I'm aware that it would be almost a miracle if I success.

Mac user, I have an old PC Cubase session. I really want to work again on that song. In the first place, I want to rebuild it (the old version is great to me).

I know the plugins that I used at the time (they're installed on my computer), but I don't know the precise sounds I used, among hundreds.

I could install a trial (Cubase LE AI Elements 9.5) and open the old session. I see the name of the plugins link to each track, but the link is not active when I open the session. I can activate that link (assign the right VST to a track), but after doing so, it behaves like I just opened a new plugin , and though, there's no sign of the precise sound I was using on that precise track.

My question: is there a miraculous way to know which plugin sounds I used on each tracks? That information must be somewhere in a file?

I hope I'm clear.

Thanks a lot!

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I use Cubase AI which has a VSTDynamics processor with a sidechain function, though I don't think it can be used this way. Is there a free VST compressor/gate that enables its sidechain to be controlled by a rhythmic input? Perhaps someone will educate me on how to achieve what I want.