Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder

Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder


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

The ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces can provide the final “analog polish” to your music, turning songs, into albums. Fully authenticated by the Ampex Corporation, the ATR-102 plug-in faithfully captures the unique dynamics, colorful frequency response, and tape saturation of the original hardware.

Now You Can:

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

Harness tape “glue” and color to instrument buses for analog cohesion

Artfully color signals through the entire ATR-102 circuit, including transformers, amplifiers, Repro, Sync, and Input paths

Mix with presets from noted ATR-102 users Chuck Ainlay, Richard Dodd, Buddy Miller, Mike Poole, and more

5-Minute UAD Tips
5-Minute UAD Tips

5-Minute UAD Tips

Featuring the Magnetic Tape Bundle

The Most Popular Professional 2-Track Ever

The Most Popular Professional 2-Track Ever

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 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 ATR-102 plug-in is virtually indistinguishable from its analog cousin.

Color Your Sources with the Authentic Sound of Tape

Color Your Sources with the Authentic Sound of Tape

Whether you’re looking to “glue” an entire mix, or add subtle analog shades to individual tracks and buses, the Ampex ATR-102 plug-in gives you myriad magnetic tape colors that can be tweaked to your heart’s delight, thanks to the deep control set.

All the Original Controls

All the Original Controls

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 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.

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      Key Features

      Ampex®-authenticated plug-in emulation of the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder — the most popular professional 2-track machine ever made
      Provides rich, cohesive tape sound, without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc.
      Models entire ATR-102 electronic path, including transformers, amplifiers, Repro, Sync, and Input paths
      Features multiple tape formulas, head configurations, and calibration levels
      Adjustable Wow, Flutter, Hiss, Hum, Crosstalk, and (L/R) Tape Delay
      Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
      Independent L/R Input Gain (Record) and Output (Reproduce) Level
      IPS Speed/Emphasis Curve chooses between 3.75 NAB, 7.5 NAB, 7.5 CCIR, 15 NAB, 15 CCIR, 30 AES
      Independent L/R record Bias, Record EQ, and Playback EQs, with Auto and Manual Cal capabilities

      Customer Reviews

      Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder

      Overall Rating

      N. Bryce

      July 6, 2020

      Amazing slap back echo on vocals!

      I play guitar and sing and didn’t really think I needed this plug-in till I slapped it on some vocals and wow! The delay effects on this are magical!

      J. Marshall

      July 6, 2020

      Sweetens up everthing

      I have been using this in my mastering chains, and it adds a subtle colour and sweetens up everything I have used it on.

      Y. Gorobets

      July 6, 2020

      very good for drum bus

      perfect tone saturation on drum bus.

      C. Gabbianelli

      July 1, 2020

      Corrupts Delay Compensation in PT

      Consistently corrupts the delay compensation in my PT sessions. Pretty disappointed in UAD's lack of resolution to this issue after all of the money I've invested into using their hardware and software.

      UAD User

      June 29, 2020

      Ampex over studer for mastering

      Had the studer for a while and thought it was good in mastering. Demod the Ampex and was sold in 20 seconds. It's a lot more colourful sounding, and adds a really pleasant saturation to the entire mix. Studer sounds too subtle for Mastering in my opinion. But as its less dsp heavy its good for subtle smoothing in mix.

      M. Mchangani

      June 28, 2020

      Powerful Machine/Analog Mojo

      I tried this in 2019 and was very impatient so I did not purchaese and thought it was not doing forward to 2020, date 26th of june! I inserted this plugin on my master and tweaked it for 8 minutes....Damn!!!!!!!! had to buy it on the 28th of June after an extensive trial period! luckily it was on sale!!

      G. Polito

      June 27, 2020

      My master tape

      That's on every master buss of my mixes. A lot of flexibility! You get that tape compression and that eq sound. All in once. It sounds amazing. So powerful!

      D. Berriman

      June 24, 2020

      Adds so much flavour

      This really does add a lot of depth to an otherwise 'lifeless' track/mix. This is quite a unique plugin. Highly recommended!

      E. Irarrázabal

      June 23, 2020

      TAPE TAPE TAPE clean and jerk

      This is nice. It can be a bit tricky but the presest list is a good guide

      UAD User

      June 22, 2020

      Thick chewy goodness

      Look, I’m not a “pro” guy, but damn this is nice. I’m old (66) and old school, but this plug is doing what I’ve been missing in digi land. The old “make a thick bottom end stew” trick that tape naturally did.
      Makes a mix SIT DOWN AND STAY.
      Nice job fellas

      B. Carter

      June 22, 2020

      Perfect Plug-in

      I use Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder on EVERYTHING! It's the perfect plugin!

      D. Trufan

      June 19, 2020

      Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder

      WOW Use it on my 2 track master. What a significant change. Great saturation plugin....

      L. Cuman

      June 18, 2020

      Must Have!

      Always in my mastering plugin chain!

      G. Porrino

      June 17, 2020

      Ampex ATR-102

      Very happy with the results.

      b. village

      June 16, 2020


      I’m glad I picked this one up and spent some time learning it. You don’t need much else if you can use it well.

      E. Ferreira

      June 15, 2020

      Perfect Tape

      Favorite tape plugin ever!

      Y. Chen

      June 15, 2020

      That analog warmth

      I put this on my master every time and it never fails me, I love the warm sound, it brings a whole new depth!

      D. Świątek

      June 15, 2020

      Best of the best.

      Best tape emulation for mastering!

      D. Jaramillo

      June 13, 2020


      Love this plugin. Everything just sound great. It’s like each instrument sticks out

      T. Rice

      June 12, 2020

      It lives on my mixbus.

      It's amazing how good the ATR-102 sounds. The presets are killer, and they really help dial in what you want, from subtle to extreme.