Analog Channel from McDSP is a plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools systems and emulates the sound of high-end analog tape machines, analog tape, and analog channel amplifiers. With the experience of modeling analog compressors and filter circuits, both vintage and modern, McDSP has provided a solution for smoothing the digital edge that can sometimes accumulate on digital workstations as track count increases.
One section of the Analog Channel, AC1 acts as a digital preamp allowing even excessive amounts of gain without digital distortion. A drive control determines where the audio sits in the saturation/compression region, and even the attack and release times of the distortion character are adjustable. AC2 provides standard tape machine parameters such as bias, playback speed, and IEC1/2 equalization.
Analog Channel provides controls well beyond the limits of analog tape devices that include adjustable low frequency roll off and head bump - independent of playback speed. The user can select from several playback head types, and even control the rate at which tape saturation is disengaged. Modern and vintage tape formulations are available.