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Reels – A Vintage Tape Emulation Plugin by AudioThing

Reels is a tape emulation plugin based on a vintage Japanese reel to reel recorder, found at a local flea market, that recreates all the imperfections of consumer reel-to-reel vintage recorders. This plugin is perfect for adding a rough retro analogue sound to your mixes. With its built-in echo section and tape-stop effect, Reels is a versatile tool for music production.


  • Vintage Tape Emulation
  • Tape Start and Tape Stop Effect
  • 3 Tape Types (JP, IT, FR) with different frequency responses and saturations
  • Echo Section
  • Speaker and Mic Emulation
  • Hiss and Motor noise with Envelope
  • 50 Presets
  • Resizable Window
  • Preset system with randomizer

System Requirements:

  • Windows 7, 8, 10, 2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM, VST2, VST3, AAX, CLAP (64-bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.9 – macOS 12 Monterey, 2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM, VST2, VST3, AU, AAX, CLAP (64-bit)

Imperfections Emulated:

  • Harshness – Harmonic distortion with loss of clarity (mid-range)
  • WOW / Flutter – Pitch instabilities due to recording and playback issues
  • Ducking – Random volume loss due to tape or rec/play head imperfections
  • Crosstalk – The leak between the left and right channels in a stereo signal
  • Hiss – High-frequency noise caused by the magnetic particles in the tape
  • Motor – Mid-frequency noise caused by the reels motor

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