I've got a couple of queries about using Tape programs in Nebula.
At the moment, I don't understand what I'm doing with tape programs At the crux of this perhaps is that I don't really understand enough about tape in the first place. Could somebody please give me a layman's guide to the following questions:
1. How does tape typically fit into the signal chain if replicating analog chains? 2. Why do we use tape? What are the usual benefits? 3. I don't understand IPS, other than it represents the speed of the tape. Can somebody explain the relationship between different speeds and the characteristics they bring out in sound? e.g. I never know whether I should use "30 ips, heavy", or "7.5ips, light" - I don't understand what each one might mean and which situations I should use them in 4.How do we apply tape in terms of the 2-buss, general busses and individual tracks? I understand there are lots of good libraries out there, (so I'm not after recommendations of R2R thanks! ) - let's focus on the general things we need to know about tape.
Lots of questions I know, but you guys are the experts!
2. LOTS of reasons! A pleasing EQ curve, saturation, compression, "glue" factor, transient shaping, etc...
3. Think of IPS (inches per second) like an analog version of a sample rate. At 7.5ips, you'll lose a lot of high-end and it is just not as accurate (but sometimes it adds punch or other pleasing effects, unlike a low sample rate that can't add ANYTHING pleasing IMO).
At 30ips, you're putting the same amount of information you would on 7.5/15ips tape on a much larger surface area. This is equivalent to a higher sample rate having more digital 1's and 0's per second to provide a more accurate representation of the recorded audio.
4. 2mix - 30ips, busses 15ips, tracks 15ips (7.5ips is only used as an effect for me personally)
That's just MY workflow though. Try things, read more, and LISTEN. You'll get a better grasp
I love the use of tape programs in Nebula! They're the icing on the cake 99% of the time for me. I get most use out of the R2R Studer 15ips programs. It took a while to get familiar with the curves and harmonics, but things changed a lot after experimenting with input levels. Other than that, my workflow is pretty much the same as botus99 described in the above post.