Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
The rich analog sound of the world’s most popular multichannel tape machine.
For more than 30 years, artists and engineers alike have been drawn to the warm analog sound, solid low-end, and overall presence of the Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder. The sheer number of albums recorded on this legendary 2” analog tape machine — including classics from Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jeff Buckley — serve as shining examples of the musicality of analog tape.
Fully authenticated by Studer, and modeled by UA’s world‑renowned team of DSP engineers and magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in is the first product of its kind. By faithfully modeling the entire circuit path of the famous A800 machine from Allen Sides' collection at Ocean Way Studios, this is the most accurate representation of multitrack analog tape recording available.
Track and mix with the complete Studer A800 electronic signal paths, including Input, Sync and Repro paths
Add warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch that only genuine tape can provide
Create complex analog textures with the distinct sounds of multiple tape formulas
Use the Studer A800 LUNA Extension to easily add warmth to your entire mix on a per channel basis
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LUNA Extension — Integrated Multitrack Tape
With LUNA Recording System, you can use the Studer A800 as a LUNA Extension, and easily get tape character on every audio and instrument track, intuitively tweaking settings across all channels. As you build up your mix, you'll hear the cumulative "cohesive" effect of mixing from magnetic tape. Far beyond a simple tape plug-in, the Studer LUNA Extension is woven into the fabric of LUNA's mixer, giving Apollo interface users an analog inspired workflow with bona fide analog sonics to match.
A Groundbreaking Tape Machine
Introduced in 1978, the Studer A800 was the first microprocessor-controlled tape machine. Years ahead of its time, the A800 remains a sonic benchmark, and can still be found in studios worldwide. However, with their massive steel frame and meter bridge, twin half-horsepower motors and cast alloy deck plates, original A800 units tip the scales at a backbreaking 900 pounds. The Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder poses none of the hardware hassles, yet retains all the beautiful sonics that make tape a beloved recording medium.
Capturing the Magic of Tape
Just like magnetic tape, you can dial in a clean sound, or just the right amount of harmonic saturation using the Studer A800's Input and Output controls. The IPS control steps through tape speed choices (7.5, 15, or 30 IPS), each with distinct frequency shift, head bump and distortion characteristics. The tape Type control lets users choose from four of the most popular magnetic tape formulas — each with their own subtle sonic variation. There is also a secondary set of controls like Noise, EQ, and Bias for an even more jaw-dropping palette of tape textures.
Purchase of the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder includes the UAD plug-in (Mac/Windows), LUNA Extension (Mac only), and UAD Spark (Mac only) versions
Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in
“The Studer A800 plug-in is tape in a box. Tracks that are thin and dull become full of life and tone... so creative, and musical. ”
– Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
“No tape emulation has ever achieved this level of... should I say, completeness? I expect to smell the tape when I hit play!”
– Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)
“The Studer A800 plug-in is the missing link for in-the-box mixing.”
– Ryan West (Eminem, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z)
“I tried the Studer A800 plug-in on drums, guitar and overheads to get a saturated, punchy sound. It sounded great, and it works for me.”
– Michael Brauer (The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket)
“I've been really loving the Studer A800 on bass, kick, overheads, horns and strings. It adds a tonal color that is very musical. ”
– Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, Motley Crue)
“The UAD Studer A800 gives my drum bus a raw hard tone with a little distortion — all the while keeping the sound together.”
– Dean Coleman
“All of the songs on the Garbage record, Not Your Kind of People were mixed with the Studer A800 plug‑in on all the drum channels. We also used the Ampex ATR-102 plug-in on the final mix.”
– Billy Bush (Garbage)
“The UAD Studer A800 gives me all the analog goodness, without any of the cross-talk, maintenance issues, alcohol swabs, or tape alignment.”
– Glenn Rosenstein (Ziggy Marley, U2)
“The UAD Studer A800 adds great personality to drums, bass, guitar and vocals.”
– Jeff Balding (Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Florida Georgia Line)
December 4, 2022
The Studer has elevated my mixes on a whole new level. I use it on a drum bus and the tape saturation I get through it is unmatched. It will be on my drum bus for the rest of my career, and...Read More
December 2, 2022
A must have for your music
Simply blown away with the amount of warmth it gives to your drums, vocals and any other element. Great bias, LF & HF filters to adjust to your liking. Would recommend!Read More
November 24, 2022
Best choice! I use on different signals, from drums to vocal and this magic! Recommend!Read More
September 5, 2022
Done the Job
Very handy. I used them on strings. The sound sit on an appropriate balance. Well done.Read More
August 31, 2022
A Must !!!
I love the way it sounds & integrates with Luna.Read More
August 6, 2022
Sound amazing. Can be used in many ways. I use it on 90% of tracks and allways on bus and master.Read More
Studer-endorsed, UA modeled emulation of legendary A800 Multitrack Tape Machine
Provides the warm, natural sound and punchy low-end response of 2” analog tape — on Mac and PC
Models complete A800 electronic signal paths, including Input, Sync and Repro paths
Features four of the most popular Tape Formulas and Calibration Levels
Tape saturation and overdrive via easy-to-use Input / Output controls
Provides dead-on magnetic tape sound without the hassles of calibration, maintenance, tape degradation, etc.
IPS Speed/Emphasis Curve chooses between 7.5 NAB, 7.5 CCIR, 15 NAB, 15 CCIR, 30 AES
Gang Controls allows for fast global adjustment of all instances
Run 24+ tracks with a single UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator Package
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
Studer® A800 Tape Recorder
The Studer has elevated my mixes on a whole new level. I use it on a drum bus and the tape saturation I get through it is unmatched. It will be on my drum bus for the rest of my career, and easily is one of the greatest purchases I’ve made in years (and have purchased countless plug-ins). It’s a very versatile plug-in and can be used on pretty much everything!
A must have for your music
Simply blown away with the amount of warmth it gives to your drums, vocals and any other element. Great bias, LF & HF filters to adjust to your liking. Would recommend!
I use on different signals, from drums to vocal and this magic!
Done the Job
I used them on strings.
The sound sit on an appropriate balance.
A Must !!!
I love the way it sounds & integrates with Luna.
Can be used in many ways. I use it on 90% of tracks and allways on bus and master.
A must have!
This is the best tape machine plugin I have worked with,it's amazing!It is like use varnish if you use in the mixbus, every source gets its spot instantly,very glued and defined.Great 3D sounding!
Gives a little chime
Brings a little chime in the upper frequencies
this fx has character for my vox channel
Adds Nice Color when overdriven
I like to use it as a sounddesign tool sometimes with extreme settings. The distortion sounds nice and warm.
I still try out what sounds best and how to use it to it's full potential, but i am sure i will use it often and especially for mastering.
Very good sounding tape emulation, i didn't expect it to sound that good.
Phat! Gooey Glue!
Nothing else to say. Amazing is the word. simple to use, and it gives the sound you want.
good. sounds good!
very good i'm happy now
Just try it , words are for the air , just try it on everything , on the mix buss, drums!!! , oh common , this is to much , love it .
Studer A800 Tape Machine
Really enjoy this plugin, bought it around 2013 for $349!.. and now it's much cheaper.. happy to be able to help jumpstart the audio plugin industry..
Best Tape Emulation Plugin in the Digital Domain
This Studer along with the ATR are the kings. Just add the Studer to your individual tracks and watch your mixes start to levitate. OMG
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The Studer A800 is ridiculous!!
This plugin is truly the real deal for that compression that tape would give when you hit it hard! I’m in shock what a cumulative effect has on the over all mix.
Gives life !!!
It adds life and pleasant musicality to soulless virtual instruments.