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Magnetic Tape Plug-In Bundle.
Our Groundbreaking Studer® and Ampex®
Tape Machine Plug-Ins — Bundled to Save!

For more than 30 years, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder and Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder have endured as the world's most sought-after professional tape recording machines. As two sides of a legendary mixing/mastering coin, the fabled "Studer and Ampex" combination provides

the ideal qualities of warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch that only genuine tape can provide. The UAD Magnetic Tape Machine Plug-In bundle contains the world's most authentic — and the only licensed and approved — plug-in models of these classic machines, widely regarded as the very best on the market.

Now You Can:

  • Track, mix, and master with the only licensed and approved plug-in models of these classic tape machines
  • Add warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch that only genuine tape can provide
  • Bring a lush analog polish to your mixes with the Ampex ATR-102
  • Harness the Studer A800's entire signal path and electronics for warmth and character on individual tracks and buses

Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder

Artists and engineers alike have long gravitated to the warm analog sound, solid low-end, and overall presence of the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder. The sheer number of albums recorded on this legendary 2” analog tape machine — including classics from Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jeff Buckley — serve as shining examples of the musicality of analog tape. This plug-in faithfully models the entire multitrack tape circuit path and electronics of a popular A800 machine from Allen Sides' collection at Ocean Way Studios — plus the distinct sounds of multiple tape formulas. Put simply, it's the most accurate representation of professional multitrack analog tape recording.

Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder

Since its inception, the legendary two-channel Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder has turned music recordings into records. With its cohesive sound, punch, and ability to provide subtle-to-deep tape saturation, the ATR-102 is a fixture in major recording and mastering studios — and is considered by many engineers to be the best-sounding tape machine for final mixdown. The perfect complement to the workhorse Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder, the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2 can provide the final “analog polish” on your music, turning songs into albums.




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  • Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)

    “I came of age with the Studer A800 tape machine. I've recorded hundreds of tracks through that machine with every type of tape, speed, alignment, and bias. I just upgraded to a UAD-2 card and stumbled in to the UAD A-800. Holy s**t!”

    Eric Persing


    "I've been searching for years to get the analog tape vibe…but nothing I've used compares to this! [The UAD ATR-102] is going to become one of my major tools now in everything I do."

    Jacquire King

    (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Cold War Kids)

    "I set the UAD ATR-102 exactly the way my [ATR-102] machine is set up, dialed in the gains, switched back and forth….the sound is nearly identical."

    Chuck Ainlay

    (Miranda Lambert, Peter Frampton, George Strait)

    "I own an Ampex ATR 100 1" [but when working] on projects where tape cost is not in the budget, I won't hesitate to use the UAD ATR-102 plug-in to emulate the warmth I get from the hardware."

    Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    "The Studer A800 plug-in is tape in a box. Tracks that are thin and dull become full of life and tone... so creative, and musical."

  • Vance Powell

    (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "No tape emulation has ever achieved this level of... completeness? I expect to smell the tape when I hit play!"

    Jeff Balding

    (LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill)

    “I love having the personality of the [UAD] Studer A800 in a plug-in. [It adds] a great personality to drums, bass, guitar and vocals.”

    Tony Maserati

    (Beyonce, Jason Mraz)

    “I wanted the [Jason Mraz] record to have an analog sound to it, but since it wasn’t recorded on analog tape, my approach was to explore the…[UAD] Studer A800 plug-in itself and go deep into it to get the sound I was looking for.”

    Paul Epworth

    (Adele, Cee Lo Green, Foster the People)

    “The Studer A800 and Ampex ATR-102 tape plug-ins let you really bring out the warmth and positive tonalities in a track.”

    Billy Bush


    “Pretty much all of the songs on the [Garbage] record were mixed with the Studer A800 Plug-In on all the drum channels...We used the Ampex ATR-102 Plug-In on the final mix.”

  • Garrett "Jacknife" Lee

    (R.E.M., The Cars)

    “The Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder, I’m just using all the time. I don’t know how it A/B’s with tape, I just like the way it sounds.”

    Garrett Haines

    (Tape Op Magazine)

    "… I have no reservations suggesting readers demo this plug-in, even if you have to purchase a UAD-2 system to do so! You will not be disappointed."

    Michael Brauer

    (Rolling Stones, Coldplay)

    “I tried the Studer A800 plug-in on drums, guitar and overhead to get a saturated, punchy sound. It sounded great, and it works for me.”

    Adam Hawkins

    (50 Cent, Maroon 5)

    “On the mix bus, the [UAD] ATR-102 brings mixes to life with a 3-D sound that no other plug-in has ever been able to achieve.”

    Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans)

    “The UAD Ampex ATR-102 is my new secret weapon in my master buss chain, [giving] me the secret ingredient for that extra touch of flavor.”

  • Ryan West

    (Eminem, Kanye West, Kid Cudi)

    “I've always used limiters and compressors on the mix bus to ‘glue’ the sound together, but I haven't ever been able to achieve the kind of musical cohesiveness like I can with the [UAD] ATR-102.”

    Future Music UK

    "Adds warmth, colour and a classic sound to your mastered mixes. Another great UAD-2 plug. 4.5 stars out of 5."

    Buddy Miller

    (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, ABC's "Nashville")

    “I regretted selling my ATR-102, but now I don't feel so bad. The UAD ATR-102 plug-in does a great job of capturing all that ATR magic.”

    Mike Poole

    (Robert Plant, Martina McBride, Buddy Miller)

    “The UAD Ampex-102 Tape emulation really captures the hardware unit’s punchy saturation and a chunky warmth."

    Richard Dodd

    (Tom Petty, George Harrison, Dixie Chicks)

    “The most useful aspect of the UAD ATR-102 plug-in is being able to treat the 'tape path' in ways that the original couldn't be considered because of tape noise. I can now achieve and recall effects [previously impossible].”

  • Electronic Musician

    "I was curious if UA 'got it right.' Simply stated, they did. Bull's-eye."

    Fab Dupont

    (Jennifer Lopez, Santigold, Mark Ronson)

    "The Studer A800 plug-in creeped its way onto mix after mix, to the point where it's taken over by now. Definitely the closest thing to a real tape machine that I have heard."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "This [Studer A800] plug-in gives me that little "X" factor... a very subtle, yet noticeable character that cannot be achieved simply with EQ or other plug-ins."

    Gareth Jones

    (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Grizzly Bear)

    "I enjoyed hearing the wonderful [Studer A800] plug-in. I was a huge A800 user in the 80s, and it was great to be sonically back there again."

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    (Lyle Lovett, Nirvana)

    "The idea of a tape machine plug-in resonated with the skeptic in me. But I'm a believer now. This [Studer A800] plug-in is nothing short of amazing. Bravo, fine work UA!"

  • JR Hutson

    (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild)

    "The Studer A800 is the plug-in I've been waiting for! I've been searching for ways to get that warn saturated analog sound from a totally digital setup, and this is it. This has revolutionized my process."

    Frederick Norén

    (Sound On Sound)

    "There’s no question about the authentic sound produced by the UAD Studer A800 plug-in. This tape plug-in makes everything more coherent."

    Ryan West

    (Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Kanye West)

    "The Studer A800 plugin is the missing link for in-the-box mixing, but I'm also using it when mixing with Protools and an SSL or summing mixer."

    Ryan West

    (Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Kanye West)

    "All the gooey and gluey loveliness of the Studer A800 anywhere I want to apply it in my DAW mixes sounds like an unreasonable request, but UA has delivered once again."

    Ryan West

    (Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Kanye West)

    "I never thought I'd say this about anything in my studio, but the reality is that it [Studer A800 plug-in] works on everything."

  • Vance Powell

    (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "With the [Studer A800's] fine adjustments, different tape formulations and operating levels, UA has given us the best type of tape for every different type of track..."

    Paul White

    Sound on Sound

    "...The UA team have shown their talent for meticulous modeling. This plug-in comes so close to the sound of a real high-end tape machine that any remaining differences are not going to affect your record sales!"

    Dean Coleman

    “The [UAD] Studer A800 plug-in is my favorite on a drum buss to give everything raw hard tone with a little distortion, while still keeping the sound together.”

    Travis Wyrick

    (P.O.D., Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels)

    “Within minutes of using the [UAD] Shadow Hills compressor plug-in, I found myself inserting it on a multitude of instruments and busses. This is definitely a compressor I will be using and abusing.”

    Mark Plati

    (David Bowie, The Cure)

    “The ATR-102 was the premier mastering deck of its day. Once a mix hit it, it sounded and felt complete. I haven't been disappointed with the UAD version.”

  • Stephen Smith

    (Serious Clark, Showteens, Spirit and the Bride)

    "I find few things I can't make sound MUCH better with the Ampex ATR-102 plug-in. It really makes individual elements of the mix take on a more distinct presence."

    Ross Hogarth

    (R.E.M, Keb' Mo, Ziggy Marley)

    "I've been really loving the Studer A800 on bass, kick, overheads, horns and strings. It adds a tonal color that is very musical. Killer job!"

    C.J. Vanston

    (Prince, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker)

    "Wow. The Studer A800 is big and beautiful, just like I remembered... What blew me away was the depth that I perceived."

    Mick Glossup

    (Frank Zappa, Van Morrison, UFO)

    "The Studer A800 plug-in, like all the other UA plug-ins, does a great job of simulating the analogue experience, which in this case is supplying the 'glue' to blend components together during the mix."

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz, Mary J. Blige)

    "The Studer A800 plug-in brings me back to a time long ago. The only thing missing is the smell of new tape."

  • Glenn Rosenstein

    (Ziggy Marley, U2)

    "The [Studer A800] gives me all the analog goodness without any of the cross-talk, shedding, head-wear, maintenance issues, alcohol swabs, tape alignment."

    Travis Wyrick

    (P.O.D., Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels)

    “Living in a digital world, it is fantastic to hear true emulation of analog tape! I specifically used GP-9 at + 9 for years for drums and bass and I am very impressed at how UA has captured the “glue” that tape adds to the tracks."

    Vance Powell

    (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "I can't tell you how happy I am that UA has made this [Studer A800] plug-in... Yes I can, Thank You UA!"

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    The Sound of Music
    by V. Azevedo(Monday 18 May, 2015)

    My main reason for buying a UAD card. I remember when I was mixing the CD from my old band and, as much as I seek in Eqs that shining cymbals and the resonance of drums, and the bass presence as in my analog references, something was still missing. After I sent my CD to the mastering, I… Read More

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    Ampex ATR-102- A Superb Plugin
    by S. M(Wednesday 13 May, 2015)

    Thank you to AMPEX ATR-102. This is a Very great plugin from Universal Audio. Thank you to Universal Audio for creating a product of such a high standard. Whilst this review is particularly about the Ampex ATR-102, I have been further impressed by products of a similar high standard… Read More

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    Amazing Plug In!!!
    by M. Petrillo(Saturday 2 May, 2015)

    A Studer A800 in a plug in on every channel and you're recording to 2" multitrack tape, quite convincingly!!! Read More

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    Must have!
    by K. Hegyi(Friday 17 April, 2015)

    I use this on the 2-bus day by day and nothing beats this. It brings life to the song soon as you put it in and with just the right settings you just have a Amazing mix which were just Good in the first place. Must have! 10/10 Read More

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    Buy this!
    by K. Hegyi(Friday 17 April, 2015)

    Seriously buy this! This is something that you should have in your arsenal. I pretty much just use this and forget about EQing as this thing can just give you everything. Mess with the control that are under the hood and you'll see what I mean ;) 10/10 Read More


Features & Specs
Magnetic Tape Plug-In Bundle.
Key Features
  • Combines widely-acclaimed UAD Studer A800 and Ampex ATR-102 tape machine plug-ins into a single, cost-saving bundle
  • Studer-endorsed, UA-modeled emulation of A800 Multitrack Tape Machine, renowned as the gold standard in 2” multitrack tape machines
  • Ampex®-authenticated plug-in emulation of ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder, the most popular professional 2-track mastering tape machine ever
  • Provides warmth, presence, cohesion and solid low-end response of genuine magnetic tape recording


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