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

      J. López Uribe


      Awesome weight and texture

      I use it on every track and buss. It just works on everything

      E. Grebeznieks



      This plugin is magic, I can't even imagine how I did without it before

      A. Biggers Sr


      Heavy Weight Contender

      I love this plug. It adds so much weight to anything I throw at it. I have even used it on the master bus.

      B. Zhang




      M. Malinski



      Its really great, tons of fatness, punch, depth

      K. Breazeale


      A Must Have!

      If you looking to add thickness, depth and dimension to your mixes, this is a must have! If you are interested in adding presence and warmth to your gain staging, this is a must have! And guess what, there's something here for everybody. For those who like to tweak and customize, go for it. But if you are of the drag and drop generation, there are awesome presets customized for guitars, vocals, keyboards, strings, drums, synths......you name it. And, through the UA interface, you can assigned it to multiple tracks, lessening the burden on your computer's processor. So, get it, get it.

      L. Gonzalez




      A. Fazil


      Simple but effective tape emulation

      Add some distortion and tape affect to your instrument and drum channels. Make your bass sound more alive. I use this on all my channels that need defect. Brilliant plug-in





      C. Bruce



      I use this to get the music to sound not like it’s all 1”s and 0”s

      I. Inkilä


      Nice to add when needed

      Quick and easy to work with. It's not as fiddly as the Studer so it speeds up decision making. Just add it on a track and call it a day!

      A. Fazil


      One of the best Tape Plugins

      Very simple and easy to use, and the effects are just amazing. You can add this to your mix busses and you can hear immediate change
      to the sounds. Great Plugin.

      B. Clarke


      Fantastic! A workhorse for sure.

      This has immediately become my most used plugin. Used on the way in with conservative settings, it really does help glue tracks. Used in the mix on most things, it accomplishes the same thing. Works better on multiple tracks rather than just a bus, though I'll use on a verb bus as well to smooth out and lengthen the tail. Great for adding saturation when you push it, and I love the versatility of 15 or 7.5ips, and also the choice of EQ compensation. I cut my teeth on 2" analog, and I really appreciate what this very affordable plugin brings to the table.

      j. stepien


      Smooth as silk

      I demoed this plugin and after two days I decided to buy it. So smooth and warm!

      J. Lee


      best tape emulation

      can get the analog sound very easly. from vsti tracks to master bus.

      C. Kiasi


      Integrates well with Luna

      I absolutely love the Luna integration with the Oxide. I have it on every track I work on.

      J. ALMANZA


      Oxide Tape Recorder

      Very Effective tool to use it on the master or in voices. It adds something difficult to explain. It makes your track to sound clearer and in an oldish style.

      B. Gibbons



      amazing plugin, use it on every channel

      G. Balistreri


      my guitar

      very good

      貴. 川吉


      my guitar

      my guitar got great tone with this. and this plug-in is just easy to set up.