Oxide Tape Recorder

Oxide Tape Recorder


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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.”

Now You Can:

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

      C. Bruce

      August 9, 2020


      I use this to get the music to sound not like it’s all 1”s and 0”s

      I. Inkilä

      August 1, 2020

      Nice to add when needed

      Quick and easy to work with. It's not as fiddly as the Studer so it speeds up decision making. Just add it on a track and call it a day!

      A. Fazil

      July 31, 2020

      One of the best Tape Plugins

      Very simple and easy to use, and the effects are just amazing. You can add this to your mix busses and you can hear immediate change
      to the sounds. Great Plugin.

      B. Clarke

      July 29, 2020

      Fantastic! A workhorse for sure.

      This has immediately become my most used plugin. Used on the way in with conservative settings, it really does help glue tracks. Used in the mix on most things, it accomplishes the same thing. Works better on multiple tracks rather than just a bus, though I'll use on a verb bus as well to smooth out and lengthen the tail. Great for adding saturation when you push it, and I love the versatility of 15 or 7.5ips, and also the choice of EQ compensation. I cut my teeth on 2" analog, and I really appreciate what this very affordable plugin brings to the table.

      j. stepien

      July 29, 2020

      Smooth as silk

      I demoed this plugin and after two days I decided to buy it. So smooth and warm!

      J. Lee

      July 26, 2020

      best tape emulation

      can get the analog sound very easly. from vsti tracks to master bus.

      C. Kiasi

      July 24, 2020

      Integrates well with Luna

      I absolutely love the Luna integration with the Oxide. I have it on every track I work on.

      J. ALMANZA

      July 18, 2020

      Oxide Tape Recorder

      Very Effective tool to use it on the master or in voices. It adds something difficult to explain. It makes your track to sound clearer and in an oldish style.

      B. Gibbons

      July 15, 2020


      amazing plugin, use it on every channel

      G. Balistreri

      July 14, 2020

      my guitar

      very good

      貴. 川吉

      July 12, 2020

      my guitar

      my guitar got great tone with this. and this plug-in is just easy to set up.

      T. Dodds

      July 11, 2020

      A crucial processor for my external gear

      I basically run everything through Oxide. It really brings out the best in my DSI Tempest, introducing subtle compression and helping the kicks sit better in a mix without reducing overall impact. Similarly, adding Oxide to my bass input chain after a Unison amp gives me really lovely, balanced tracks that I don't have to do as much with in my DAW. It's a nifty little plugin!

      H. Kim

      July 4, 2020


      Good Quality!

      N. Pinto

      July 1, 2020

      Simple tape plugin, but does the job!

      Sounds great and it's so simple to use to get some extra warmth.

      G. Polito

      June 27, 2020

      Very good!

      Sounds good and easy to use! It gives sound as soon as you place it in insert!

      O. Lamas

      June 24, 2020

      Not magic, but it’s a cool trick on all tracks.

      I have quite a bit of other plugins that attempt this. Oxide just gets it right. It just sounds cool on everything I place it on.
      Try it and you will love it.

      A. Bromke

      June 24, 2020

      Great but subtle

      great stuff-nice saturation -pretty intuitive to use etc.

      I. Sisko

      June 22, 2020

      Simple and Great!

      Super easy to use and always a great sound. I used it on all projects since the purchase.

      J. Aguirrezabalaga

      June 22, 2020

      So easy getting great sounds

      Very intuitive, really easy to get that smooth and musical tape saturation I was looking for.


      June 18, 2020

      Excellent !

      Fait très très bien ce qu'on attend de lui, je le recommande vivement !