Oxide Tape Recorder

Oxide Tape Recorder





UA’s groundbreaking tape emulation technology in an easy-to-use plug-in.

The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in provides UA's revolutionary magnetic tape emulation technology in a simple, affordable package — with all of the essential features. By harnessing the musical, mixable sound of tape, Oxide gives you clarity, punch, and warmth so every track "sounds like a record.”

Now You Can:

Easily inject the warm color and punchy low-end response of large format analog tape to your tracks

Apply tape saturation and circuit overdrive via simple Input/Output controls

Use presets designed by engineer/producer John Paterno [Brad Paisley, Los Lobos]

Experience in-the-box recording “through” tape in real time using Apollo interfaces

Load Oxide on 24 tracks with single UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator

Choose among 7.5 and 15 IPS Tape Speeds and two emphasis curves for colorful tape textures

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Oxide Tape Recorder

Groundbreaking Tape Emulation Technology

Groundbreaking Tape Emulation Technology

The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in was engineered by the same team behind the industry-leading UAD Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Machine and Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Machine plug-ins. Designed in conjunction with AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, Oxide gives your tracks and mixes the warmth, presence, and vibe of professional analog tape.

Easy to Use

Easy to Use

Whether you’re tracking in real time using an Apollo interface, or mixing in your DAW, Oxide’s intuitive controls deliver musical results for beginners and pros alike. Just select IPS (inches per second), EQ, and noise reduction settings, and tweak input and output controls to taste. By emulating fat tape compression and colorful circuit behaviors, Oxide gives your tracks and mixes the cohesive glue that only analog tape can provide.

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      Key Features

      Simple, easy to use features, providing the essential sound of magnetic tape to your recordings
      Custom presets designed by engineer/producer John Paterno guiding you to great sound
      Provides the warm, natural sound and punchy low-end response of large format analog tape
      Tape saturation and circuit overdrive via easy-to-use Input / Output controls and Repro or Input paths
      Tape Speeds of 7.5 and 15 IPS; NAB and CCIR Emphasis curves
      Run 24 stereo or 40 mono tracks with a single UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator
      Algorithm design by UA’s world-renowned team of DSP engineers and AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight
      Owners of Oxide get deep discounts towards UA's Magnetic Tape Bundle
      Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide


      Oxide Tape Recorder

      h. hyakkoku


      Nostalgic sound

      Even in modern digital production, if you want an unrealistic sound like an old record, I think this is useful.



      Great plugin.

      Works fantastic on my drum bus.

      b. martial


      Cool plug !

      Dsp saving, less tan over uad tape emulation, more simple to.
      Good sound, nice bass and treble....

      D. Barrois


      Smooth Saturator

      This is my favorite UAD tape plug-in to use on vocals and string instruments. It is subtle, smooth when turned relatively low, and gives a great, harmonically rich overdrive at higher input levels.

      S. Butler


      Oxide Tape hits the mark

      Love this piece of software, really helps tighten instruments and drums a like and adds some charm and quality to your mix. A must have!

      M. D


      15ips or 7.5ips - two flavours of "better"

      Once I put this on something, it's hard to take it off. It just makes most things sound a little bit better. I rarely have to touch the levels, just choose a tape speed and move on - perfect for tracking sessions.

      D. Blues


      All three UA tape emulations...

      All three UA tape emulations are definitely worth owning for different reasons. The Oxide is my DSP-saving, time-saving tape.

      J. Socia


      Great tape sound.

      Track with it. Master with it. Great tool.

      C. Moore


      A Must-Have

      Wether subtle or extreme, injecting Oxide Tape on my tracks has changed my ability to shape the sound of my mixes! Brilliant!

      L. Heijnen


      My favorite on bass

      Love it on my synth bass. Like it when things are made easy to setup .

      R. Osborne


      Great for DI tracks

      Even though I love the Apollo pres, I've never felt like they got my DI bass or guitar tracks (even with the UAD amp sims, which are AMAZING) to sound how I thought they should sound. This plugin gets them there. Simple, beautiful-sounding plugin.

      S. Vasiľ


      Perfect tape sound !!

      I'm own many tape plugins, but Oxide is simply, effective and wow effect !

      Y. Baribeau


      One of the best I own

      There is a "special feature" with that one (I’ll keep the secret, sorry) that makes it one of the most used plug-ins of my UAD collection. Thanks A LOT.

      J. Gang


      Light DSP usage and pleasing tones made easily!

      I frequently love the UAD Ampex ATR-102 and Studer A800 when I need analog tape sound.
      Oxide Tape Recorder was purchased during this sale.
      The moment I inserted it into a track of the project I was working on, I was very satisfied.

      Different analog tone from Ampex ATR-102 and Studer A800!
      Light DSP usage and pleasing tones made easily!
      Presets for a great guide!

      I really like it. I recommend it!

      D. Gusev


      I couldn't believe my ears at first!

      I activated the demo version to begin with. I decided to check it on the master channel. And just put the plugin with default settings I was so surprised that I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Did this really happen? What I had been looking for.
      Velvety highs, solid bass, clear midrange... I bought it right away. The best saturator I have ever had!

      E. Drop


      Oxide Tape

      Really appreciate the grit and simplicity I get from using this while tracking rap vocals. Salute to UAD

      Z. Unmute


      Instant beautyfier!

      Bought Oxide Tape and use on every track since. Adds depth and glue to the mix instantly!

      n. binns


      Very Rich

      Beautiful depth and tone. Really warm and deep lush sound. Impressive bit of kit.

      n. binns



      Beautiful Depth and Tone. Impressive.

      A. Vasiliev


      Oxide Tape Recorder

      Superbly and subtly works on each track, minimum settings - maximum happiness !!!