Chapter 13

Other Audio Processors

Tape-Sims and Amp-Sims

Tape simulators and guitar amp simulators usually take the form of digital plug-ins that can be added to tracks or a bus in DAW software. There are also hardware guitar amp simulators that use either digital processing or analog circuits to sound like natural amplifier distortion when overdriven. Even hardware tape simulators are available, though the vast majority are plug-ins. The main difference between a tape-sim and an amp-sim is the amount and character (frequency spectrum) of the distortion that’s added and the labeling on the controls. Guitar players often require huge amounts of distortion, where distortion expected from an analog tape recorder is usually subtle.

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