Duesseldorf, Germany (October 28, 2020)—Fuse Audio Labs has released its new Flywheel plug-in, which emulates the analog qualities of reel-to-reel tape recording systems for today’s digital recording environment.
Rather than focus on the specifics of one particular machine, Flywheel combines typical analog imperfections such as saturation, hysteresis, high frequency loss and head bump in a single tone-shaping interface, aiming to add the fabled analog warmth and presence of tape recordings to digital mixes and masters.
The plug-in has only a handful of controls. Users dial in the Record Gain, select Tape Speed and Formula, then tweak the results with the HYST (hysteresis) and HF EQ (high frequency equalization) settings. Options include choices of different tape formulas, adjustable wow and flutter (Speed Variance), and a tape transport Stop/Start, all of which are included in Flywheel’s feature set. Flywheel also includes optional oversampling, for improving overall audio quality, and Global Link, for controlling all instances of the plug-in from a single interface.
“I got into the music production game when analog recording technology slowly but surely started to get superseded by digital,” says Fuse Audio Labs CEO Reimund Dratwa. “Now, after more than two decades of evolution in digital perfection, super linear converters and so on, we seem to understand what exactly it is our ears love about analog, and Flywheel is an homage to exactly that.”
Flywheel is available at an introductory price of $29.00 USD until November 21, 2020, rising thereafter to its regular price of $59.00. Free 14-day trial versions of all Fuse Audio Labs plug-ins without any restrictions are also available to download at the company’s site.
Fuse Audio Labs • https://fuseaudiolabs.com