Waves J37 Tape Plugin is a software emulation of the legendary Abbey Road Studios tape machine that was used to record some of the most iconic albums of all time. It allows you to add warmth, saturation, and character to your digital recordings, as well as control the tape speed, bias, wow and flutter, and noise parameters.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use Waves J37 Tape Plugin on Windows. You will need a Windows PC with a compatible DAW (digital audio workstation) software, such as Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, or Ableton Live. You will also need a Waves account and the Waves Central application to manage your Waves plugins.
Step 1: Download and Install Waves Central
Waves Central is the application that lets you download, install, activate, and update your Waves plugins. You can download it for free from the Waves website. Once you have downloaded the installer file, run it and follow the instructions to install Waves Central on your Windows PC.
Step 2: Log in to Your Waves Account
After installing Waves Central, launch it and log in to your Waves account. If you don't have a Waves account yet, you can create one for free on the Waves website. You will need a valid email address and a password to create your account.
Step 3: Download and Install Waves J37 Tape Plugin
Once you are logged in to your Waves account, go to the \"Install Products\" tab in Waves Central. You will see a list of all the Waves products that you own or have a demo license for. Find Waves J37 Tape Plugin and click on the \"Install\" button next to it. Waves Central will download and install the plugin on your Windows PC.
Step 4: Activate Waves J37 Tape Plugin
After installing Waves J37 Tape Plugin, you need to activate it before you can use it. You can activate it either online or offline, depending on your preference and internet connection. To activate it online, go to the \"Licenses\" tab in Waves Central and click on the \"Activate\" button next to Waves J37 Tape Plugin. You will need to be connected to the internet and logged in to your Waves account for this option. To activate it offline, go to the \"Offline Activation\" tab in Waves Central and follow the instructions to generate an activation file on your Windows PC and upload it to your Waves account using another device that has internet access.
Step 5: Launch Your DAW and Load Waves J37 Tape Plugin
After activating Waves J37 Tape Plugin, you can launch your DAW software and load the plugin on any track or bus that you want to process with tape emulation. You can find the plugin under the \"Waves\" category in your DAW's plugin browser. To load the plugin, simply drag and drop it onto the track or bus of your choice.
Step 6: Adjust the Plugin Settings and Enjoy
Once you have loaded Waves J37 Tape Plugin on your track or bus, you can adjust its settings to achieve the desired sound. The plugin has four main sections: Input, Tape Speed, Tape Type, and Output. The Input section lets you control the input level and drive of the signal going into the tape machine. The Tape Speed section lets you choose between three tape speeds: 7.5 ips (inches per second), 15 ips, and 30 ips. The higher the tape speed, the more high-frequency response and less noise you get. The Tape Type section lets you choose between three types of tape formulas: 888 (high output), 811 (low noise), and 815 (high frequency). Each tape type has its own sonic characteristics and harmonic distortion profile. The Output section lets you control the output level and mix of the signal coming out of the tape machine. You can also enable or disable the wow and flutter effect, which simulates the subtle pitch variations caused by mechanical fluctuations in the tape machine.
Besides these four sections, you can also access some advanced settings by clicking on the \"Advanced\" button at the top right corner of 061ffe29dd