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

      R. Dowd

      November 6, 2019

      Bringing the Digital to Life

      The Oxide Tape has quickly become a staple on all of my mixes. It truly gives you instant weight and depth, bringing digital productions to life! Having an easy user interface and low dsp usage are just icing on the cake.

      l. morrish-thomas

      November 5, 2019

      Sounds great

      Lovely sounding tape emulation, breaks up nicely. Only downside is the lack of a link input-output gain

      R. Mletzko

      October 25, 2019

      Die Kirsche auf der Sahnetorte

      Ich nutze dieses Plugin für meine Vocals und bin absolut begeistert. Es verleiht der Aufnahme eine gewisse analoge Wärme, das Signal klingt fülliger und kompakter. Absolutes Highlight ist für mich der EQ, welcher das Signal einem seidenen Glanz verleiht, ohne spitz zu klingen. Vor allem für ein eher dumpf klingendes Mikrofon wie das Shure SM7B ist diese Funktion goldwert. Alles in allem, absolut fantastisch klingendes Plugin.

      P.S.: Ich habe zuvor die Tape-Emulationen von Waves genutzt, welche zwar auch okay waren, aber der Oxide Tape Recorder ist mindestens eine Liga höher angesiedelt.

      J. von Matt

      October 21, 2019

      Hit and punch!

      Uulala la. This gives you authentic analog tape sound to your sweeties. And after you hit this one intoour inserts, your sweeties will sound a lot of sweeter.

      A. Wilhelm

      October 19, 2019

      UAD Oxide

      best sound with tape PlugIn Oxide - it is realy like the original


      October 15, 2019

      Easy tape recorder vibes!

      Oxide adds a nice tape vibe and weight to your tracks, and it‘s really easy to use!

      M. Abercrombie

      October 15, 2019

      Extra warmth & punch

      I quite enjoy tape emulators for their warm saturation and bass glue. The oxide is subtle but really enhances the low end and adds perfect sizzle to drums. I even like it on the master chanel to add a bit of grit and gel. Super easy to dial in that sweet spot.

      D. Dauwe

      September 30, 2019


      this thing is the perfect sauce to smother electric guitar tracks with. go treat yo self right now... it's worth it.

      w. 128

      September 21, 2019

      Love this tape sound

      Love it!! What an awesome tape emulation.This is a great easy on resources tape sound to throw on any track!

      J. Brander

      September 8, 2019

      Sounds great!

      Sounds great. I use it when tracking.

      R. Black

      August 23, 2019

      My New Favorite All Around Tape Effect

      Recently just purchased the Oxide and I found so many different instances I can use it in and it sounds amazing. I mainly use it on a aux for vox, synths, and drums. Never fails.

      J. Thompson

      July 30, 2019

      Oxide Tape Recorder

      Love it - you can hear the difference...

      C. Gomez

      July 12, 2019

      Good but be careful!

      It gives a warm and nice saturation effect. However, be careful because it adds bass and treble, and sometimes it is a lot, depending on the style of music, mix and desired final result.
      You should have it for sure.

      A. Tamasi

      July 11, 2019

      Love it

      I love what it adds to the bottom end, its something I could never really get by pushing the eq curve or with any other plugin and it makes my mixes sound fuller in a low end, less digital in high end and overall more glued together, I also love to drive synths tru this plugin, and just make them richer with the extra harmonics it adds, I have hardware synths and I use it on them too.. This plugin is definitely one of my favourites!<3

      K. Portolano

      July 11, 2019

      nice to expand my virtual tape collection

      A simple idea whichs working great. It adds something very nice. Some knobs, nothing fancy @ interface but a nice sounding plugin.

      A. Brett

      June 20, 2019


      I’ve only recently gotten serious about mastering in the past year and one of the mastering techniques I’ve currently been obsessed with is tape saturation. I’ve used a couple of different tape/vintage saturated to perfect my masters, such as the vintage warmer (which are amazing and i still use them), Waves J37 tape saturation and Waves Kramer Master Tape, just to name a few. But I’ve used the demo version of this plugin and instantly fell in love!!! so i finally saved up and bought this beast. it’s soooo easy to use, even if you have little to no knowledge of mastering or production techniques, you slap it on and BOOM that vintage tape saturation does it’s magic. i can’t recommend it enough, SAVE SOME MONEY AND BUY!!!!!

      S. Simons

      May 23, 2019

      Amazing Oxide Warmth!!

      The simplicity, and depth of character you get from adjusting very few parameters is stunning. I use the Oxide plug on voiceovers to ad depth to the voice as part of a VO chain that cuts through a commercial productions. This plug in ads heft without mud. Wow, This plugin does really special things to my VO work!

      R. Barbosa

      May 12, 2019

      Oxide dream tape

      I'm a fan of tape plugins and have lots of them but for the first time i hear a dream come true with character.And is very simple to use not a very tweakble plugin .Sounds nice on everything.

      T. Reaves

      April 30, 2019

      Great Tape sound

      This is a great easy on resources tape sound to throw on any track!

      F. Rossi

      April 26, 2019

      Senza Parole... Lo adoro!

      Utile per legare e scaldare i suoni nel mix, anche se io adoro usarlo in accoppiata con la mia King Korg quando registro degli 808.