Softube at Music Tech Showcase 2021: Heart, soul, and rock and roll science

Softube Tape
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An old tape machine is more than just gear. It is an entire sonic world: it tells a story and defines a scene. An old tape machine has a soul. Softube knows this. 

The company believes that with truly exquisite hardware, it is not enough to merely approximate sound and function in software form. You need to go deeper and strive for perfect accuracy, perfect workflow, and perfect sound.

Since 2003, Softube has collaborated with brands like Marshall, Weiss Engineering, Chandler Limited®, Empirical Labs, Summit Audio, and Tube-Tech to create class-leading pro audio tools. And it has done so while expanding its range of innovative Softube Originals gear. With cutting-edge component modeling technology and obsessive attention to sound quality, Softube’s software and hardware solutions win hearts as well as awards.


Tape is no exception to the rule. One of Softube’s best-loved and easiest-to-use pieces of gear, Tape incorporates three unique, component modeled tape machines, plus presets by Grammy winners Joe Chicarelli and Howard Willing. 

With premium features, such as the mastering-grade high-shelf filter, stability control, and a wet/dry mix knob, Tape offers all the vintage cohesion you could want in a plug-in—and more. It gives weight, glue, and realistic analog warmth, plus the modern performance and inventive features of a Softube Originals product.

Sound quality

Creative instincts and a passion for perfection have made Softube one of the most respected brands in pro audio. Designers of the greatest analog gear of all time know that Softube represents the pinnacle of sound quality. 

Solid State Logic, Drawmer, Doepfer, Trident, Buchla, and Abbey Road Studios trust the Rock and Roll Scientists from Sweden with official software versions of their most iconic products. Its instincts, passion, and high standards are no more on display than with Softube’s own acclaimed Softube Originals gear. And the team is not slowing down yet.

The Model 72 Synthesizer System

Softube continues to lead the industry with highly reviewed and award-winning plug-ins, platforms, and mixing systems that make computer-based studios as inspiring and efficient as possible. 

By applying its best-in-class tech to hit gear like the Model 72 and Model 84 synthesizers, Softube demonstrated that no matter how far the distant sonic shores it visits, its sights remain firmly fixed on perfection in sound quality, modeling, and workflow. Rock and roll science—with heart and soul.


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