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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

      C. Vazquez

      May 26, 2020

      Warm tape goodness

      I love the warmth this brings to my mixes. It main seem subtle but it definitely makes everything sound better.

      T. Bäz

      May 26, 2020

      Amazing Tape-Emulation

      I really love this machine on every track of mine. Sounds fantastic!

      M. Nadolski

      May 23, 2020

      Must Have!


      S. Lewis

      May 14, 2020

      Beautiful Analog Saturation

      This plugin has many applications than simply adding some tape color to a master track. Adds excellent warmth and realism to any sound.

      J. Forbes

      May 14, 2020

      Amazing color!

      I've used a lot of saturation plugins as well as hardware. This emulation is exactly what I needed on my 2 bus while mixing orchestra overdubs on top of historical recordings. Not just a vintage vibe as I'm using it on contemporary pop mixes as well. Best money I've spent in a long time.

      S. Kenny

      May 13, 2020

      Subtle. Game Changer.

      I was stuck on the Studer 800 until I demoed this. Way more versatile for Rock & Folk Rock. The ATR adds most any flavor you want. Most settings give the professional analog thin screen you're looking for to smooth harsh, digital edges & bring it all together. Analog quality - I love it. A very powerful tool in the Master chain.

      F. Leclercq

      April 26, 2020

      Euh ...c’est ça qui me manquait en fait !

      Je n’arrivais pas à finir mes mix parcequ’il manquait toujours quelque chose... bah j’ai trouvé ! Profondeur , légère saturation, unité du son global... top. Merci UA !

      L. Hulme

      April 25, 2020

      Where’ve you been all my life??

      Jeepers creepers what an incredible and versatile piece of software!
      There are at least 3 reasons to buy this
      1) The way the 2bus sounds with it on - AKA like a record, wider, smoother, more analog, very simple eq settings to transform the mix
      2) On vocals - compresses, smooths and saturates (really helps with my lousy tuning) experimenting with different ips and bias settings yields very different results + all the delay settings (instant John Lennon short delay is possible for instance, far more authentic than any plugin I have used)
      3) ips and bias settings - this allows you to change the character of your tracks immensely. Lower ips with lower bias vs higher ips and higher bias, yield totally different results though still sound so analog

      G. Rios

      April 20, 2020


      I have recorded numerous albums and quality is equal to or similar to when I mixed in the original Ampex.

      M. Erroz

      April 19, 2020

      Great for drum&bass

      It brings the mix to a smooth-balanced saturation. Can't go wrong!

      A. Feygin

      April 14, 2020

      Beautiful saturation plugin

      I love under the hood configurations. They are just wonderful

      J. Underdue

      April 14, 2020

      UAD Magic, WOW!

      If you don't have this, you should, a mastering MUST have!

      N. Mieczkowski

      April 9, 2020

      Awesome saturation!

      Ampex ATR-102 brings a kind of saturation I couldn't achieve with any other plugin - it adds life to the entire mix being very subtle at the same time. I wasn't sure about it at first because I thought tape saturation won't be suitable for digital/electronic music I produce mostly but currently it's a must-have in my plugin library!

      D. Stanchev

      April 4, 2020

      magic plugin

      Very serious plugin. Suitable for groups and master . Managing these small buttons is a little tricky, but once you find the right settings - it's priceless! Adds a lot of density to digital recordings .

      UAD User

      March 31, 2020

      Great for saturation, compression and suprise.

      Alsways does something cool to your mixbus. Saturation and compression and with the element of suprise. Jump between presets and try out different settings.

      J. Romero

      March 29, 2020

      Mix downs and mastering must!

      For the width and warmth from the original 2 inch recordings.... This is your Huckleberry !

      m. coles

      March 19, 2020

      A quite handy tool!

      This product is such a versatile tool to have in the toolbox. Not only can it give the saturation and glue to a mix, the delays and harmonic distortions are just right to fit into a track.

      A. Kashimov

      March 12, 2020


      A fantastic tool that just lifts up sound quality of a track in so many different ways

      P. Polkovykh

      March 5, 2020

      Обязательно для мастеринга!

      Необходимый инструмент для мастеринга, аналогов очень мало!

      C. Doerschlag

      February 23, 2020

      Nice warmth

      I really like the warmth and character this gives my music