How to Get the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In for Free
If you are looking for a way to add some analog warmth and saturation to your digital recordings, you might be interested in the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In. This plug-in is a faithful emulation of the legendary 2\" tape machine that was used on countless classic albums from the 70s to the 90s. It lets you choose from four different tape formulas and calibrations, and adjust the input, output, bias, speed, noise reduction, and other parameters to get the perfect tape sound for your tracks.
However, this plug-in is not cheap. It costs $349 at the official Universal Audio website, and you also need a UAD-2 or Apollo hardware device to run it. If you don't have the budget or the hardware for this plug-in, don't worry. There is a way to get it for free, legally and safely. Here's how:
Download the UAD Spark app from https://www.uaudio.com/spark. This is a free app that lets you try out various UAD plug-ins for 14 days, without any hardware or payment required.
Launch the UAD Spark app and create an account or log in with your existing UA account.
Go to the Plug-Ins tab and find the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In. Click on the Try button to activate your 14-day trial.
Open your DAW of choice and load the Studer A800 plug-in on your tracks. You can use it as an insert effect or as a send/return effect. You can also use it as a LUNA extension if you are using UA's own DAW.
Enjoy the rich analog sound of the Studer A800 plug-in for free for 14 days. You can use it on as many tracks and projects as you want during this period.
That's it. You have just saved yourself $349 and got access to one of the best tape emulation plug-ins on the market. Of course, this is only a temporary solution. If you want to keep using the Studer A800 plug-in after the trial period expires, you will have to buy it from UA and get a compatible hardware device. But if you just need it for a short-term project or want to test it out before buying it, this is a great way to do it.
So what are you waiting for? Download the UAD Spark app today and start using the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In for free.
Why Use the Studer A800 Plug-In?
It adds warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch to your tracks.
It lets you recreate the sound of different tape machines, tape speeds, and tape formulas.
It gives you control over the tape saturation, noise reduction, wow and flutter, and other parameters.
It works with any DAW and any genre of music.
It is endorsed by Studer and modeled by UA's expert engineers.
How to Get the Most Out of the Studer A800 Plug-In?
Experiment with different tape settings and calibrations to find the best fit for your tracks.
Use the input and output controls to adjust the level of tape saturation and distortion.
Use the bias control to fine-tune the frequency response and harmonic content of the tape.
Use the noise reduction control to reduce or enhance the tape hiss and noise.
Use the sync and repro modes to switch between monitoring and printing the tape effect.
What Are Some Tips and Tricks for Using the Studer A800 Plug-In?
Use it on individual tracks or on buses and subgroups for a more cohesive mix.
Use it on drums and bass to add punch and weight.
Use it on vocals and guitars to add warmth and presence.
Use it on synths and keyboards to add character and depth.
Use it on master bus to glue your mix together and add analog vibe.