Avid Reel Tape Delay
Avid Reel Tape Delay

Reel Tape Delay, Software Delay/Echo from Avid.

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moosers 16/10/2010

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The Avid Reel Tape Delay is a plug-in that is a part of Avid's (formally Digidesign) Reel Tape Suite of plug-ins. Also included in the bundle are Avid's Reel Tape Flanger and Reel Tape Saturation plug-ins, which have a similar looking interface. Of the bunch, the Reel Tape Delay is probably my favorite one. I didn't have installing it as I did so along with the other plug-ins in the bundle since you do the whole thing at once. I believe it's only compatible with Pro Tools since it's an Avid (Digidesign) product, and it is available for both Mac and PC. As I mentioned before, all the plug-ins in the bundle share the same looking interface, which is kind of vintage looking and has a large tape front and center. As far as parameters are concerned, it's got knobs for drive, speed, feedback, wow/flutter, mix, bass treble, and output. It also gives you the ability to choose the type of machine and the amount of delay you'd like in milliseconds. You can also set the rhythmic pattern of the delay. I don't know what the manual for this plug-in is like since I haven't had a need to check it out.


I'm running the Avid Reel Tape Delay plug-in in Pro Tools LE 8 on my home system primarily, but have also used it a bit on the Pro Tools HD system that we have at the professional studio where I work. My system consists of a Mac Book Pro that has 4 GB of RAM and a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and the version of Pro Tools that I'm running is Pro Tools 8. It's worth noting that I usually run this on an auxiliary channel and bus tracks to it to save processing power, but in general I've never had a problem running it.


The Avid Reel Tape Delay plug-in is definitely my favorite in the Avid Reel Tape Suite of three plug-ins. Perhaps it's because I tend to use delay more than I would a flanger or a saturation plug-in, but I really like the full and warm delay tones that I get with this plug-in. I've used it mostly on vocals, but I've also liked the way it sounds on electric guitars as well. There are a lot of setting controls, so you can get all sorts of different sounds with the plug-in, which is another reason why I like it so much. Usually it's a toss up between this and the Bomb Factory MoogerFooger Analog Delay plug-in if I'm looking for a sort of warm, usually slap back sort of delay sound for a vocal...