Tel Aviv, Israel (March 13, 2014)—Waves Audio has announced its Abbey Road Reel ADT plug-in, which emulates Abbey Road Studio’s Artificial Double Tracking process.
When the Beatles recorded at Abbey Road in the 1960s, the band grew tired of having to re-record vocals to create multi-layered vocal effects. To solve the problem, Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend created Artificial Double Tracking (ADT). By connecting the primary tape machine to a second, speed-controlled machine, two versions of the same signal could be played back simultaneously. And by gently wobbling the frequency of an oscillator to vary the speed of the second machine, the replayed signal could be moved around just enough to make it sound like a separate take.
Wabes’ Abbey Road Reel ADT features an ADT tape sound, with a full recall automation of the ADT effect; different tape sounds for source and ADT signals; an exclusive 2-voice component; separate drive control for each path; manual and automatic control; and MIDI-assignable manual control.
“From my time as an assistant engineer, I remember the setting up of ADT as being a lengthy process, but totally worth it. Not only hearing, but also controlling ADT for the first time was amazing. Using the remote Varispeed on the tape machine, it was possible to add lush movements, stereo width and dramatic depth to almost any track. For the first time ever, Waves has captured not only the true sound of ADT, but also the feel of this classic effect,” said Mirek Stiles, head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios.