Anyone familiar with the Waves J37 tape sim?

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    Anyone familiar with the Waves J37 tape sim?

    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.
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    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.

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    Grab EZ Mix 2. I know the name is offputting, but it's the same ridiculous value as all of Toontrack's other products. And, unless you are a pro with a lot of outboard gear/switchboard/studio/etc. it's probably going to sound better.

    No joke, they have all kinds of packs, Andy Sneap, Colin Richardson, etc. You would probably be looking more at something like the Randy Staub pack, which is more rock-ish than extreme blasting metal.

    All the tape sim/transient/compressor stuff is great. A lot of it actually sounds Hollywood esque good. Like, dishonestly good.



    I know it's cool to learn everything your self and stuff, but there are quite a few packs there designed by top level pros that have all kinds of awesome tape sim/comp inserts. I bet the Randy Staub one has what you are looking for. There's not as much stuff to tweak as stand alone products, but there is certainly still tweakability. Interface is awesome too, trying different things is a couple clicks.

    https://www.toontrack.com/product/ra...ub-ezmix-pack/

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    I used the J37 for the intro to my band's album... sorry for the band spam but you'll hear some grit to the clean guitars along with heavy delay.


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    I've got it but haven't used it yet, if you've got a track or anything you want me to run through it and go through some of the sounds, I'll have some time tonight/tomorrow to do it up for ya.
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    I'll poke around my hard drive for some acoustic guitar.

    Garrett - I'm one of those sick fucks who actually LIKES mixing, and likes the tweakability. I'd rather not use something like EzMix which gives you a pre-shaped starting point.

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    I'm with Drew on this too. The journey is as important as the destination.

    Btw Drew I use Izotope and love it. Just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    I'm with Drew on this too. The journey is as important as the destination.

    Btw Drew I use Izotope and love it. Just saying.
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