Make your iPad sound like a vintage tape machine with ToneBoosters ReelBus

ToneBoosters ReelBus
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Based on the ReelBus 4 desktop plugin, ToneBoosters’ ReelBus app is a new tape-emulating app for iPhone and iPad.

Whether you want the sound of compact cassette or a vintage tape machine, ReelBus is designed to have you covered, offering various tape and saturation modes for you to work with. You can dial in wow and flutter and hiss, too, as well as tape flanging, echo and tape start/stop effects.

ReelBus runs both standalone and as an AUv3 plugin and costs $6.99/£6.99. It’s available now on the Apple App Store.

ToneBoosters ReelBus features

  • The same professional sound as the acclaimed desktop version
  • Wide variety of tape and saturation modes available
  • Saturation, hysteresis, wow and flutter, tape hiss, asperity noise controls
  • Tape speed and amount controls
  • Unique drive EQ to drive certain frequencies harder into the tape model
  • Tape wear model for worn-out tape simulation
  • Tape flanger and dual tape echo modules, with beat sync functionality
  • Tape start and tape stop effect modules
  • Oversampling and anti-aliasing filters for top-quality output
  • Input and output VU meters showing peak and RMS levels simultaneously
  • Undo/redo, and A/B comparison
  • Color themes for the user interface
  • Max screen support in Garageband
  • Legacy Inter-App Audio (IAA) support
  • Optimised for iPad and compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch
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Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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