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

Oxide Tape Recorder gives you the musical, mixable sound of tape, letting you quickly add clarity, punch, and warmth to vocals, guitars, drums, and more, so every track sounds like a record.

Included Versions

UAD Native
Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.

Apollo Realtime & UAD‑2
Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware.

UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11. Go to our UA Support page for system requirements.

  • Inject the warm color and punchy low-end response of analog tape to your tracks
  • Apply tape saturation and circuit overdrive via simple Input/Output controls
  • Choose among 7.5 and 15 IPS Tape Speeds and two emphasis curves for colorful tape textures
  • Experience in-the-box recording “through” tape in real time using Apollo interfaces

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Get Hit-Making Analog Tape Sounds

Get Hit-Making Analog Tape Sounds

Developed by the same team behind UA's industry-leading Ampex and Studer tape machine plug-ins, Oxide Tape Recorder gives your productions the warmth, presence, and vibe of professional analog tape, with only the essential controls, so you can get sounds faster.

Explore Groundbreaking Tape Emulation Technology

Explore Groundbreaking Tape Emulation Technology

Whether you’re tracking in realtime 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 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

      A. Lee

      March 8, 2023


      Weight, cohesion and a great saturation secret

      A. Koilybayev

      February 20, 2023

      Amazing tape saturation

      I am absolutely delighted with this plugin, I use it in every project. I use it on vocals

      A. Goncharov

      February 20, 2023

      Instant magic!

      Just adding this plugin on a track or a master buss changes the sound in a very pleasant way, makes it less harsh and thicker at the same time. I haven't yet found any source that would not benefit from using the Oxide Tape Recorder on it, from piano to synth bass. I wasn't able to recreate or achieve the same nice touch with any other tape plugin I've tried so far, so cheers UA!

      M. Alexandru-George

      February 16, 2023

      Very good tape/ saturator

      I use it for buses

      V. Ruzicic

      February 13, 2023

      Good saturation!!!

      Comparing with other tape plugins, this one has not aggressive soul

      J. Manness

      February 1, 2023

      The most exciting of three tape plugins (in a good way)!

      Compared to Studer, this brightens and brings tracks forward in a hyped, exciting way. I did not think I needed this tape plugin, but lately I've been using over Studer for those reasons and I use the Ampex for submixes and the mix bus. Just get it!

      K. Insulan

      January 13, 2023

      A bit surprised: warmth.

      I have Ampex and Studer plugin already. This one - Oxide - is the first one I really hear, feel, something happens just inserted on a chanel. I didn't expect that at all. and what I hear is good. I will tweak this thing to see if I am just imagening...

      M. Hebert Talbot

      January 7, 2023

      Love it

      I use it on every track in Luna, just sounds great, warm and clean! It’s like salt and pepper on a meal!

      L. Ruiz

      January 5, 2023

      La mejor cinta de UAD

      Hace varios años adquirí tengo la ATR y Studer, siento que que estas colorean demasiado la señal sobretodo en high, en la venta de navidad compré el oxido tape, y es increíble como aporta low end y high end de una manera muy musical y es genial que al mismo tiempo comprime la voz o la guitarra lo que sea que grabe a través de UAD usando oxido tape como inserto! Este es uno de los mejores plugins que he comprado y tengo casi 50 plugins! Gracias UAD ;)

      B. Avmedoski

      December 29, 2022

      Saturation classic secret

      Best saturation , i use this amazing plugin to all music tracks and i get that analog sound .. +1

      Z. Abresch

      December 28, 2022

      Warm & creamy

      Incredible tape emulation, warm & smooth without being overly noisy or wobbly. Tape speeds add subtle low-end roundness to the drum buss. Get it, use it, and love it.

      M. Ahmad

      December 23, 2022

      Grab Oxide

      Sound good, simple and easy to use.. running your tracks into the Oxide!!
      like a Coffee + Sugar

      W. Karng

      December 22, 2022

      A valuable plug-in

      The oxide tape recorder is a plug-in with a little less clarity than ampex atr-102 (which doesn't mean it's bad) and I think it's better than studer a800.

      n. hatz

      December 17, 2022

      Warm and clean

      With oxide i can get a warm, clean and Real sound, and it's simple to use,

      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!!!!!