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Abbey Road J37 Tape

Valve Analog Tape Sound from Abbey Road Studios
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Give Your Tracks the Seductive Sound of Warm Analog Tape

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Tape’s warm-sounding harmonic distortion made classic tracks come alive. J37 delivers the true sound of the all-valve analog tape machine—Abbey Road Studios’ powerhouse Studer machine, which captured legendary recordings by the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Compare the sound of vocals, drums, synths, masters, and more with and without the J37—you’ll hear how the authentic sound of analog tape saturation makes tracks warmer, more detailed, glued together, and above all, more exciting.

  • Created in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios
  • Models the machine that recorded countless 60s and 70s classics
  • Add analog warmth, depth and width to digital recordings
  • Customize the sound with 3 exclusive 60s EMI tape formulas
  • Introduce wow and flutter to emulate tape’s imperfections
  • Recreate authentic tape delay with 3 different delay types
  • Control Bias, Tape Speed, Hiss and other original tape qualities
  • Perfect for mixing individual tracks and groups or for mastering
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The Pinnacle of Classic Analog Tape Sound

  • Living, Breathing Tape Textures

    J37 is the culmination of years of research into tape’s characteristics—not at one static setting, but with different types of tape, control settings, and bias amounts, at different speeds. The result is unprecedented realism and versatility.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Original Super-Rare EMI Tape Formulas from the Abbey Road Archives

    From the lo-fo sound of early 60s tape (Type 888), to the more refined tape formulations of the mid 60s (Type 811), to the advanced tapes of the early 70s that combined character with minimal coloration (Type 815), choose the tape that fits your music best.

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  • Control the Sonic Character

    Part of tape’s charm came from subtle imperfections—but with the J37 plugin, you decide whether to add wow, flutter, and/or hiss, and how much. These variations can add a different flavor to the sound of tape.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Comprehensive Customizing

    Choose 15 ips for the best high-frequency response and lowest distortion, along with a slight bass emphasis at 100 Hz. Or choose 7.5 ips, with bass emphasis around 50 Hz, for low-frequency sounds like kick and bass.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • From Individual Tracks to Masters

    For individual tracks, choose the saturation characteristics that move tracks closer or further back in the mix. For masters, use the speed, tape type, and track model controls to create a big, open stereo image.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Classic Tape Delay, Too

    Before digital delays were invented, tape machines provided a warm lush delay effect. The J37 plugin incorporates the different types of delays used with tape (slapback, feedback, ping-pong), all with that classic tape sound.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers

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