Currently on sale for $69 for the next few days, and I no longer have a decent tape sim at my disposal since switching to a Mac. Anyone worked with it? What's it good at? What's it less good at? What else should I look at in the sub-$100 range?
I'd be looking to use it mostly as a way to warm up/slightly tame transients on acoustic guitars, then less frequently as a way to add a touch of grit to vocals, possibly overheads/hihats, and then as sort of a hybrid mild distortion/compression effect, less as a "tape simulate ALL the things" all-in-one solution for everything, if it helps.
Buy it! It's by far the closest thing to my Echoplex EP2 if you want to use it for delay. I've never really used it for tape saturation but I'm sure it's pretty damn good for that as well. I use it only for delay and it's perfect.