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UA’s groundbreaking tape emulation technology in an easy-to-use plug-in.

The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in provides UA's revolutionary magnetic tape emulation technology in a simple, affordable package — with all of the essential features. By harnessing the musical, mixable sound of tape, Oxide gives you clarity, punch, and warmth so every track "sounds like a record.”

Easily inject the warm color and punchy low-end response of large format analog tape to your tracks

Apply tape saturation and circuit overdrive via simple Input/Output controls

Use presets designed by engineer/producer John Paterno [Brad Paisley, Los Lobos]

Experience in-the-box recording “through” tape in real time using Apollo interfaces

Load Oxide on 24 tracks with single UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator

Choose among 7.5 and 15 IPS Tape Speeds and two emphasis curves for colorful tape textures

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Oxide Tape Recorder

Groundbreaking Tape Emulation Technology

Groundbreaking Tape Emulation Technology

The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in was engineered by the same team behind the industry-leading UAD Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Machine and Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Machine plug-ins. Designed in conjunction with AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, Oxide gives your tracks and mixes the warmth, presence, and vibe of professional analog tape.

Easy to Use

Easy to Use

Whether you’re tracking in real time using an Apollo interface, or mixing in your DAW, Oxide’s intuitive controls deliver musical results for beginners and pros alike. Just select IPS (inches per second), EQ, and noise reduction settings, and tweak input and output controls to taste. By emulating fat tape compression and colorful circuit behaviors, Oxide gives your tracks and mixes the cohesive glue that only analog tape can provide.

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      Key Features

      Simple, easy to use features, providing the essential sound of magnetic tape to your recordings
      Custom presets designed by engineer/producer John Paterno guiding you to great sound
      Provides the warm, natural sound and punchy low-end response of large format analog tape
      Tape saturation and circuit overdrive via easy-to-use Input / Output controls and Repro or Input paths
      Tape Speeds of 7.5 and 15 IPS; NAB and CCIR Emphasis curves
      Run 24 stereo or 40 mono tracks with a single UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator
      Algorithm design by UA’s world-renowned team of DSP engineers and AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight
      Owners of Oxide get deep discounts towards UA's Magnetic Tape Bundle
      Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

      Customer Reviews

      Oxide Tape Recorder

      Overall Rating

      G. Udvarhelyi

      November 3, 2022

      Sounds great!!

      Easy to use and sounds great on basically everthing.

      M. Galavan

      October 12, 2022

      Oxide Tape Recorder dbx 160

      Worked Great right out of the gate. Easy to use. It made my Bass Guitar patch from Logic Pro sound thicker and warmer. Noticeable difference for sure. (Maybe they'll release a dbx 2 version some day.)

      C. George

      September 24, 2022

      Adds a nice Analog Warm Tone

      I have been amazed how oxide tape adds that extra analog warm tone to a mix. Just lightly added and it adds that extra 5% to help complete a mix that’s ready to get mastered.

      A. Vonavi

      September 3, 2022

      Amazing tape!

      Everything sounds more open in Hi's and more fat in low's. Amazing tool!!!

      M. Park

      September 1, 2022


      Easy to use great sound

      J. Lang

      August 18, 2022

      Big thick sound

      Want to add thickness and “oomph” to your drums? Oxide tape! Boom!!! Done!!!!!

      G. Grinko

      July 27, 2022

      Good plugin

      Very nice plugin. I use for bass,and piano. The sound is amazing!!!

      C. Preston

      July 15, 2022

      This is so good… no ‘reel’ ly good!

      Blown away by this emulation. So much authentic tone and character. One of my favourites.

      N. Stomeo

      July 14, 2022


      Very nice

      y. kim

      July 7, 2022

      Good texture

      Good texture

      D. Matas

      June 20, 2022

      Another awesome plugin

      I get the feeling I'm gonna start sounding like a broken record real quick because this plugin like all the others I've used so far is awesome!

      K. Socasau

      June 12, 2022

      Excellent Tape Recorder

      One of the best tape recorder on the market, simple and easy to use, stellar fat sounds !

      И. Карасенко

      June 10, 2022

      Oxide Tape Recorder

      I bought a very cool Oxide Tape Recorder not long ago, the tape sound is very colorful on all instruments.
      In general, I am satisfied with the purchase)

      B. Sancez

      May 24, 2022

      Excellent Budget UAD Choice

      The other tape machine UA offers has more control but this is a SOLID tape for the price point its sounds great just wish you had more control like the other tape machines. Using this with Kramer tape on individual tracks with half mix or less and getting excellent results.

      D. Jin

      May 22, 2022

      Vocal saturator

      I love this for subtle yet effective vocal saturation. It gives a nice low end that is not overwhelming, which I love after doing some low cut for clean processing.

      r. lewis

      May 18, 2022

      This one surprised me

      Have to admit wasn't expecting much out of this when I got it with my apollo, but I've been pleasantly surprised, sounds juicy in the low end, adds nice body to the mids and gives a slight lift to the highs, dsp hit is good too, I'd give it four and a half stars if I could, but five for exceeding expectations.

      E. Shacham

      May 16, 2022

      love the color...

      I just love the color this machine brings....
      remind me of when I was a kid , I used to play with my dads Tape....

      D. Shaw

      May 7, 2022

      Super pleased

      The oxide tape recorder is everything I hoped for and more! If you want to take your music to another level then get this plugin!! Apply to each track and witness the magic!!

      J. Reed

      February 17, 2022

      Simply Magic

      This plugin is amazing! Not only does it just make everything sound better, it gives you level controls so you have complete control of your headroom. The saturation is is awesome. The controls are simple and straightforward. I can't think of any way to improve this plugin. I don't mix without it.

      S. Alfarano

      February 16, 2022


      great tool to add compression and dymanics with a lot of natural harmonics as well, absolutely reccomanded