"Tape Booster +" has been created to provide the Nebula Commercial user a high quality collection of settings that act as virtual building blocks within your DAW environment. Once "R2R- The Essential Analog Tape Collection", was released, I began applying the vast information and calculations derived from the various reel to reel machines included in the R2R collection. A couple of things in particular intrigued me. First, I was amazed at how profound small variations in harmonic content could affect the difference in one machine and the next, and how they differed in character from tube devices and how tubes generate harmonic distortion. It seemed that with some very high quality tape machines, that very low harmonic readings could generate a great amount of sonic signature. With tubes, this normally requires 2-3 times more harmonic content to produce similar results. My approach to the accurate and detailed tape sound is 3 important elements working in unison:
1. R2R The R2R Collection is the foundation and basis for the other two stages to work. By providing a range of reel to reel tape machines within the DAW environment "at spec" and even beyond, this is excellent on its own. But, if one desires truly accurate higher volumes of tape gain, then R2R also acts to provide a perfect template for stage two.
2. Tape Booster + This is designed specifically to work in unison with R2R to provide additional scaled volume as it exists from true tape machines. This collection of programs will work excellent on their own as an accurate tape saturation program, but when matched with R2R, we now have the proper preparation for truly advanced volumetric change without harm to peaks. With very careful scaling, one can use multiple renderings to increase levels into accurate distortion.
3. The third stage uses both R2R and Tape Booster + as foundational building blocks in order to achieve what happens when driving these machines completely into the red. Stage 3 does help to work in subtle levels to add additional elements of leveling compression and harmonic content, but more importantly it resolves the complex character of overloading the machines and tape, or 'slamming the levels'! The Tape Booster + collection is divided into two main categories. The first, 96, represents programs created at 96kHz. The second is 44, representing programs created at 44.1kHz. All of the programs in the 96kHz are recommended for use at 96kHz and 44.1kHz equally. The 44.1kHz programs are for use at 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz.