DUESSELDORF, GERMANY: DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) plugin and audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) developer Fuse Audio Labs is proud to announce the availability of FLYWHEEL — a brand new plugin focused on injecting the analog qualities of
reel-to-reel tape recording systems into digital recording and mixing environments — as of October 21…
FLYWHEEL formulates an alternative approach to tape emulation; rather than focusing only on the specifics of one particular machine, this plugin combines all the typical analog imperfections such as saturation, hysteresis, high-frequency loss, and head bump in a single, clearly laid out tone-shaping interface. Its intention is to make digital tracks sound more organic, cohesive, and diversified — making material sound more interesting as a result. Indeed, it makes adding the typical warmth and presence of tape recordings to mixes and masters an easy and enjoyable process. No credit plan, no service tech, no tape salad — just pure analog awesomeness!
As such, a lot of thought has been put into reducing the parameter set, offering plenty of sonic flexibility while maintaining a straightforward user experience: simply 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. So only a handful of controls are needed to grant access to a wide variety of interesting textures.
That said, the magnetic sound experience would not be complete without different tape formulas, adjustable wow and flutter (SPEED VARIANCE), as well as a tape transport STOP/START, all of which are included in FLYWHEEL’s feature set. Readily rounded off by optional oversampling (OS) for improving overall audio quality and GLOBAL LINK for
controlling all instances of the plugin from a single interface, this tape emulation offers everything needed for applying an authentic reel-to-reel polish to all styles of music.
“I got into the music production game when analog recording technology slowly but surely started to get superseded by digital,” says Fuse Audio Labs CEO Reimund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, superlinear 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 attractive 50%-discounted introductory promo price of $29.00 USD until November 21, 2020 — rising thereafter to its regular price of $59.00 USD — directly from its dedicated webpage, which includes more in-depth information, here:
Note that 14-day trial versions of all Fuse Audio Labs plugins without any restrictions are also available to download for free from here:
Fuse Audio Labs was founded in 2017 by Reimund Dratwa. Prior to joining Black Rooster Audio in late 2016, he worked for Brainworx for many years, during which time he was responsible for creating analog modeling titles for brands such as ACME Audio, Black Box Analog Design, Elysia, Millennia, Vertigo, and several others available through Plugin Alliance and the UAD-2 platform.
The company was initially intended as an engineering entity to develop DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) plugins and audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) applications for various partners, but soon served as a channel for its own exciting product ideas.