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It's not a record until it's mastered on an Ampex® tape machine.

The UAD Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in and LUNA Extension provides the final “analog polish” to your music, turning your recordings into records. Fully authenticated by the Ampex Corporation and trusted by Platinum‑selling professionals the world over, the ATR‑102 plug‑in faithfully captures the unique dynamics, colorful frequency response, and tape saturation of this industry‑standard Ampex machine.

Add analog polish to your mixes with the most popular professional 2‑track tape machine ever made

Harness classic Ampex tape saturation, selectable tape types, and color to "glue" your mix together

Process your audio through the entire ATR‑102 circuit, including its transformers, amplifiers, Repro, Sync, and Input paths

Use the ATR‑102 LUNA Extension to produce rich, analog tape‑infused master recordings

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Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) and the Ampex ATR‑102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug‑in.

The Most Popular Professional 2‑Track Ever Made

The Most Popular Professional 2‑Track Ever Made

With its cohesive sound, punch, and ability to provide subtle‑to‑deep tape saturation and color, the ATR‑102 has remained a fixture in major recording and mastering studios worldwide since 1976.

The ATR‑102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug‑in and LUNA Extension faithfully replicates the unique dynamics, frequency response, and saturation characteristics of the original hardware. Scrutinized and fully authenticated by the Ampex Corporation, the sound of the UAD ATR‑102 plug-in is virtually indistinguishable from its analog ancestor.

Now Fully Integrated into LUNA Recording System

Now Fully Integrated into LUNA Recording System

With LUNA Recording System, you can now use the Ampex ATR‑102 as a LUNA Extension, where it's built into the fabric of the mixer without the need to manage separate plug-in windows. This gives you rich, album‑ready Ampex tape tones on LUNA's master fader and buses — with all the authentic dynamics, frequency response, and saturation characteristics of the original machine.

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Authentic Calibration Controls and Tape Types

Authentic Calibration Controls and Tape Types

Like the ATR‑102 hardware, the plug-in allows you to choose between various Signal Paths (Input, Sync, Repro), different Tape Speeds / Emphasis EQs (NAB, CCIR, AES) and Tape Formula (GP9, 456, 900, 250) combinations — even including home/consumer tape. You can also use the adjustable Tape Delay feature for Automatic Double Tracking effects on vocals, guitars, and more.

Grammy-winning Presets

Grammy-winning Presets

Get inspired with presets from longtime ATR‑102 users Chuck Ainlay (Chris Botti, Mark Knopfler) Richard Dodd (Wilco, Robert Plant), Buddy Miller (Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris), Mike Poole (Keith Urban, Dolly Parton) and more. Use these presets as a starting point and season to taste on your mixes — you'll marvel at the cohesive, rich sound that can only come from an Ampex tape machine.

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      Featuring the Magnetic Tape Bundle


      Ampex-authenticated plug-in gives you the rich, cohesive tape sound of the the most popular professional 2-track machine ever made

      Emulates the entire ATR-102 electronic path, including transformers, amplifiers, Repro, Sync, and Input paths

      Multiple tape formulas, head configurations, and calibration levels for a variety of tones

      Adjustable Wow, Flutter, Hiss, Hum, Crosstalk, and (L/R) Tape Delay controls, and more

      Customer Reviews

      Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder

      Overall Rating

      A. Rosell

      March 29, 2023


      Adds tons of flavor to any tracks or buses! Enormously versatile
      in sound and performance and it does the trick to get that extra analog sound I'm looking for!

      M. Hui

      March 18, 2023

      Love Tape Sound, But Hated the Hassle

      Must say this is one of the reasons why I chose UAD as my interface system and use Luna as my DAW. Analog Tape and the machines like the Ampex ATR and studer sound great but I sure don’t miss the real thing. They are heavy, expensive, you needed to align, print tones if it’s going to another studio, tape was $200 a reel and no indie band could afford tape so I reused house tape at 15ips. I never even heard what 30ips sounded like. I hated owning tape recorders but you cannot deny the sound of it. I hated every emulation plug-in until now. I get all the tape sound benefits without all the hassle and the beauty of all this is you can use it natively now too.

      M. Leo

      March 18, 2023

      Great also as a mixbus EQ

      On top of everything else that's already been said about this plug in, sometimes I will use the shelves just to shape the high and low end of a mix. Especially the high end. Great way to brighten things up. A little goes a long way and depending on your bias and other settings it's easy to over do and land in shrill territory but at the same time you can lift quite a bit. Also good to sometimes go down to 3.75in for some sort of lo-fi effects and sound design.

      A. Rosario

      March 5, 2023

      The Best Tape Compressor

      My songs sound professional thanks to this ATR.

      A. Rosario

      March 5, 2023

      The Best Tape Compressor

      My songs sound professional thanks to this ATR.

      D. Myrick

      March 1, 2023

      Get that chonk

      Just love the way it pulls sounds together, can't describe it better than a chonk, not chonky, but a chonk.

      J. Szeszel

      January 27, 2023

      My favourite.

      Of all the tape emulations, ATR is one of my favorites. It has character and gives me what I expect from a tape.

      V. Kozarin

      January 23, 2023

      Must Have For A Mix

      It makes a big difference, sounds more refined just like a real record / recording. Absolutely must have it in your collection.

      A. Hillman

      January 22, 2023


      Just brilliant

      A. Monov

      January 16, 2023

      ATR 102

      Well, i ownd them all
      from waves back to all the others and also own all spectrum of und Tapes. I must say, nothing is greater than this one. Believe me. I don't know how the hardware sounds, i hear it back in the day 1994. At this time i haven't any clu what thats means, cause i was just the musician boy recording. Now, ton of years later i can can hear it.

      R. Mendez

      January 14, 2023


      Must have for mastering! Amazing saturation


      January 14, 2023

      my favarit one!

      If you want good sound,
      you have to try this plugin‼︎

      you will encount special feeling!!

      J. Szeszel

      January 13, 2023

      First impressions positive.

      I've used many tape emulations in digital form. I've never used analog. I just close my eyes and listen. I listen and if something is unpleasant for me, I reach for ATR. very nice.

      S. Lopez

      January 8, 2023


      Can you dig it? Sucka!!!!

      I. Voevodin

      January 6, 2023



      c. rosario

      January 2, 2023

      Warm sound

      Love that old-school analog sound


      December 30, 2022

      Great for mastering

      ATR-102 - Is onne of the best plugins I have ever used. Highly recommend.

      J. Tarka

      December 27, 2022

      Sounds like a record

      Its a fantastic sounding tape emulation, but when used in LUNA in the Master Tape Slot, it sounds like a finished mix! Its perfect

      A. Neto

      December 26, 2022

      Great tool

      I love to use it on my buses and keys.

      Y. Albañil

      December 26, 2022


      I forgot how the tape machine sounded until I found this wonder