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The rich analog sound of the world’s most popular multichannel tape machine.

For more than 30 years, artists and engineers alike have been drawn 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.

Fully authenticated by Studer, and modeled by UA’s world‑renowned team of DSP engineers and magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in is the first product of its kind. By faithfully modeling the entire circuit path of the famous A800 machine from Allen Sides' collection at Ocean Way Studios, this is the most accurate representation of multitrack analog tape recording available.

Included Versions

UAD Native
Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.

Apollo Realtime & UAD‑2
Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware.

UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11. Go to our UA Support page for system requirements.

  • Track and mix with the complete Studer A800 electronic signal paths, including Input, Sync and Repro paths
  • Add warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch that only genuine tape can provide
  • Create complex analog textures with the distinct sounds of multiple tape formulas
  • Use the Studer A800 LUNA Extension to easily add warmth to your entire mix on a per channel basis

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LUNA Extension — Integrated Multitrack Tape

LUNA Extension — Integrated Multitrack Tape

With LUNA Recording System, you can use the Studer A800 as a LUNA Extension, and easily get tape character on every audio and instrument track, intuitively tweaking settings across all channels. As you build up your mix, you'll hear the cumulative "cohesive" effect of mixing from magnetic tape. Far beyond a simple tape plug-in, the Studer LUNA Extension is woven into the fabric of LUNA's mixer, giving Apollo interface users an analog inspired workflow with bona fide analog sonics to match.

A Groundbreaking Tape Machine

A Groundbreaking Tape Machine

Introduced in 1978, the Studer A800 was the first microprocessor-controlled tape machine. Years ahead of its time, the A800 remains a sonic benchmark, and can still be found in studios worldwide. However, with their massive steel frame and meter bridge, twin half-horsepower motors and cast alloy deck plates, original A800 units tip the scales at a backbreaking 900 pounds. The Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder poses none of the hardware hassles, yet retains all the beautiful sonics that make tape a beloved recording medium.

Capturing the Magic of Tape

Capturing the Magic of Tape

Just like magnetic tape, you can dial in a clean sound, or just the right amount of harmonic saturation using the Studer A800's Input and Output controls. The IPS control steps through tape speed choices (7.5, 15, or 30 IPS), each with distinct frequency shift, head bump and distortion characteristics. The tape Type control lets users choose from four of the most popular magnetic tape formulas — each with their own subtle sonic variation. There is also a secondary set of controls like Noise, EQ, and Bias for an even more jaw-dropping palette of tape textures.

Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in
Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in

Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in

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Key Features

Studer-endorsed, UA modeled emulation of legendary A800 Multitrack Tape Machine

Provides the warm, natural sound and punchy low-end response of 2” analog tape — on Mac and PC

Models complete A800 electronic signal paths, including Input, Sync and Repro paths

Features four of the most popular Tape Formulas and Calibration Levels

Tape saturation and overdrive via easy-to-use Input / Output controls

Provides dead-on magnetic tape sound without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc.

IPS Speed/Emphasis Curve chooses between 7.5 NAB, 7.5 CCIR, 15 NAB, 15 CCIR, 30 AES

Gang Controls allows for fast global adjustment of all instances

Run 24+ tracks with a single UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator Package

Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Studer® A800 Tape Recorder

Overall Rating


D. Fenelon

December 8, 2023


Yeah I tried it. It does make a warm difference. I’m not a pro but I did like the effect. It is a small change, but when mastering, everything little subtle change can result in a satisfying outcome.

D. Fenelon

December 8, 2023


Yeah I tried it. It does make a warm difference. I’m not a pro but I did like the effect. It is a small change, but when mastering, everything little subtle change can result in a satisfying outcome.

E. Hoffmann

December 7, 2023

Excellent Tape

This is a wonderful tape recorder. Very nice textures and quality.

H. Haldane

December 7, 2023

Love it

It’s really taking my mixes to the next level

L. Dawkins

December 7, 2023

Just what i wanted

New to UAD, I wasn't sure what to expect. Sure, i had heard of how good the A800 sounds. After inserting into my first track, I was hooked. The sound I was chasing, was now mine! Shaping my tracks perfectly. I look forward to continuing with this and other UAD software.

R. Araya Letelier

December 7, 2023

A nice tape flavor with lots of control

This is not my first tape simulation plugin, and to be honest, my first impression when trying the demo was that I wasn't really surprised. But after playing around for a while, I managed to craft the sound I was aiming for, and then I compared to two other plugins. The results felt much more alive, so that's when I decided to buy it. The level of control you get from the features is key to separate this from other similar options. As it's usually the case with audio, the secret is in the details.

R. Thibodeau

December 6, 2023

Great on my master

Love to put this on my master channel when I do Lo-Fi Hip Hop stuff.

T. Stefaniak

December 6, 2023

Pretty amazing

This plug-in sounds incredible on everything, but the fact that I have to be connected to the internet in order to use it is pretty bananas tbh.

d. drula

December 6, 2023

beat maker et mix

ce plugin est tellement superbe .il donne de la chaleur et du grain et poser sur les bus rien de mieux. merci uad aussi pour la qualité de vos service

A. Chacón

December 5, 2023

Great Sound!

That I was searching is this emulation

C. Ankerstjerne

December 5, 2023

My last tape sim

After buying a handful of different tape sims from other companies, I finally found what I had been looking for in the UA Studer. Lovely 3D saturation and coloration without ever sounding choked or constricted. I especially enjoy using this plug on drum bus to add depth and low end, and it does something magical in terms of massaging transients into place. The other tape sims I own aren't bad, but I honestly won't need them moving forward, because the studer does it all better and with more control options.

w. jacobs

December 1, 2023

Love the Studer A800

It definitely smooths out the tracks without altering them in a negative way or straight adding tape his like some claim. It’s absolutely an upgrade over oxide.

P. Fiore

November 29, 2023


Me encantó en la voz

E. Fitzgerald

November 29, 2023


Recorded on Studers in the '80s - this plugin adds that special touch.

J. Salcedo

November 29, 2023

subtle yet very effective

i love the tape models, the bias control, and the saturation i get from this plugin!

J. Delgado

November 27, 2023

trés sympa super grain

Très sympa, super grain, étonnamment surpris par le rendu, très bon achat !!

A. Zelghi

November 27, 2023


Loud sound

E. Starzhynskiy

November 27, 2023

Studer® A800 Tape Recorder

Warm sound. Professionally, without unnecessary questions!

K. L

November 24, 2023


Using it on every track, it gives the mix a total warmth I love!

R. Khan

November 23, 2023

Another UPLIFT, MOJO enhancer

I already owned one of the other tape plug-ins, but this one has more options, especially in changing the tape types. It takes up the same amount of processing power, so no advantage there, but still. You don't need all the tape plug-ins, you can go with this one if you want a few more options, but the other, slightly cheaper one, could also work.

Whether I put it on some instruments/tracks, or on the master track, it does what it's supposed to, which is give me more options to fuse the sound of the whole thing and uplift the tune and its mojo just that bit more...