Steinberg Yamaha Vintage Open Deck Plug-in is one of a new range of Vintage Plug-ins developed in conjunction with Yamaha to produce the Vintage Plug-in Collection. Steinberg Yamaha Vintage Open Deck utilizes state-of-the-art 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 extremely difficult to find in today’s production environments. 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.
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. Open Deck also includes a BIAS/Rec knob that 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 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.