Steinberg Vintage Open Deck
The Steinberg Vintage Open Deck is a four-in-one tape saturation plug-in, that brings back the rich sound of legendary open-reel tape recorders. Thanks to the Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology (VCM), the Vintage Open Deck not only reproduces the original vintage tape recorder sound, but is also highly configurable.
The Steinberg Vintage Open Deck employs the VCM technology to recreate the analog circuitry and tape characteristics that shaped the sound of open-reel tape recorders. Legendary tape recorders from Studer or Ampex have created a sound, which is only difficult to find in today’s production environments. The Steinberg Vintage Open Deck is a four-in-one tape machine emulation with different sound characteristics to choose from: Swiss ‘70, Swiss ‘78, Swiss ‘85 and American ‘70. For an even wider range of variation, the characteristics can be individually applied to the record and playback decks.
Carefully Modelled to the Finest Detail
Thanks to the Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology (VCM) the Steinberg Vintage Open Deck not only reproduces the original vintage tape recorder sound, but is also highly configurable. The Steinberg Vintage Open Deck provides four different machine types: Swiss ’70, Swiss ’78, Swiss ’85 and American ’70. Each machine type can be applied to the record and playback deck — independently. This flexibility enables to combine different machine types, achieving breathtakingly sounding results that are reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s. But there’s even more to it than that. Beside the combination of different record and playback decks, parameters such as tape speed, bias and EQ settings, distortion and saturation characteristics can be adjusted, allowing the engineer to have full control about each detail of the tape mastering process. In addition, even the type of tape can be selected — a new and an old tape are selectable.
Through parameters such as Record, located on the Recording Deck, the input level is adjustable, allowing to exactly determine the level of tape compression. In addition, the BIAS/Rec knob allows you to control the distortion level. By using Auto Makeup gain, the audio level of the reproduction deck reflects changes on the recording deck but maintains the relative output level. To adjust only the high frequencies, the Adjust High knob is the right parameter.
The reproduction deck offers three parameters, which enable you to adjust the high and low frequencies as well as the output level.
Vintage VU Metering Section
The Steinberg Vintage Open Deck includes a large VU metering section, consisting of two vintage-style VU meters and two LED displays, showing either the input signal from the recording deck or the output signal from the repdocution deck. The VU level metering can be configured within a range of 0.0 through 20.0 dB.
Compatible with Industry Standards
The Steinberg Vintage Open Deck is available in VST 3, VST 2.4 and AU plug-in format, allowing for multi-instance use with digital audio workstations such as Cubase, Nuendo, WaveLab and Logic.
A Class of its Own: Yamaha's VCM Technology
Creating an exact digital image of world-class analog audio processors has always been a sought-after goal — until Yamaha, the world's largest and most successful manufacturer of quality musical instruments, introduced a revolutionary technology that allows to create highly accurate digital copies of analog hardware: Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM). VCM was developed by an engineering group led by Toshifumi Kunimoto, a senior engineer who was also responsible for the first physical modeling synthesizers, VL1 and VP1. VCM enables an ultra-realistic digital reproduction of individual components in analog circuits, such as resistors and capacitors. Besides modeling the functionality of a circuit and the interaction between single components, VCM focuses on an unprecedented musical simulation of analog sound qualities, including typical characteristics like saturation and non-linearity — subtleties that simple digital simulations can not capture. Each effect is carefully analyzed by some of the most experienced ears in the business and tweaked to provide the best-sounding results in today’s pro sound environment. Breathtakingly accurate, yet highly musical, the VCM technology is the most straightforward approach to analog sound modeling and is now available in the Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection.
Steinberg Vintage Open Deck Features
- Based on the Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology (VCM) to reproduce the original vintage tape recorder sound
- Carefully modelled to the finest detail
- The Recording Deck has Record, BIAS/Rec knob, Auto Makeup gain and Adjust High knob parameters to configure your sound
- The reproduction deck offers three parameters, which enable you to adjust the high and low frequencies as well as the output level
- The Vintage VU metering section shows either the input signal from the recording deck or the output signal from the reproduction deck
- Available in VST 3, VST 2.4 and AU plug-in format
- Allows for multi-instance use with digital audio workstations such as Cubase, Nuendo, WaveLab and Logic
Steinberg Vintage Open Deck Specifications
- System Requirements:
- Mac OS X:
- OS X 10.11 / macOS 10.12 / macOS 10.13
- Windows 7 / Windows 8.x / Windows 10
- Intel or AMD Dual Core CPU
- 2 GB RAM
- 8 GB Free HD Space
- VST 2.4, VST 3 or AU Host Required DVD-ROM Dual-Layer Drive
- Internet Connection Required for Activation, Account Setup and Personal / Product Registration
- USB-eLicenser Required to Run this Product (not included)
- Mac OS X:
Steinberg Vintage Open Deck Includes
- License for Steinberg Vintage Open Deck
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I tried lots of tape emulations, and I have to say that with this one, sound is more preserved even if the tape effect (harmonics, compression etc...) is audible in a good way.
VCM technology did a great job!