TAIP Review – AI Tape Emulation Plug-in From Baby Audio


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Warm Up Your Sound

Tape recordings have a musical quality that digital mixes often lack. TAIP brings this quality into your DAW.

It will add some authentic analog heat to your tracks, without the need to route any audio outside the box.

Tape plugins are not a new concept. However, Baby Audio's emulation method is. Instead of using traditional DSP, they've developed TAIP around an AI algorithm designed to decipher the invisible nuances of analog circuits.

The result is a truly faithful tape emulation that’s intuitive and creative in use – with some added features to accommodate a modern workflow.

Use TAIP to bring a touch of warmth and glue to your tracks, or ‘drive it like you hate it’ as an alternative to your distortion plugins.

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Key Highlights

  1. 1
    AI-powered algorithm, giving you the true warmth and behavior of analog tape
  2. 2
    Flexible feature set, allowing you to create a custom ‘tape flavor’ for any need
  3. 3
    Use TAIP to add musical saturation and glue to drums, instruments, vocals and beyond

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DRIVE: Traditionally, tape machines were designed to color the sound as little as possible. TAIP is not. You can use the DRIVE knob to add just as much color as you need - from a subtle touch of heat to heavy distortion.

MIX/TAPE FLANGING: MIX lets you run your tape in parallel. You can combine MIX and WEAR to get a classic ‘tape flanging’ effect. This is caused by the wow and flutter of WEAR running in parallel with the dry track.

MODEL: While SINGLE is a regular tape emulation, DUAL creates a series of two tape emulations chained together under the hood, each applying half of the DRIVE value. This will add slightly more weight to your signal.

LO-SHAPE / HI-SHAPE: These sliders let you saturate the low/high end more or less than the rest of the frequency spectrum. (Example: Warm up a drum buss without distorting the low frequencies).

GLUE: Tape machines are known to introduce a pleasing compression-like effect due to their low dynamic range. TAIP lets you add this effect – or even exaggerate it. Use GLUE for subtle cohesion or as a compressor.

NOISE: Lets you add tape noise to taste – or avoid it altogether.

PRESENCE: Part of the tape warmth comes from an attenuated high-end. PRESENCE allows you to decide how much of that attenuation you want. It can bring back the brightness that is sometimes lost on tape.

WEAR: Combines wow, flutter and an altered frequency response curve to emulate a worn-out tape machine.

INPUT: Choose between NORMAL or HOT (more distorted) input levels without affecting the output volume.

AUTO GAIN: Allows you to add more DRIVE while keeping a consistent plugin output level.


TAIP comes loaded with 135 presets created by award winning engineers and producers. 

This means you can quickly and easily apply PRO-LEVEL tape saturation to your tracks in just a click.

◾Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Bloc Party, Elton John)
◾Max Jaeger (Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Drake, Calvin Harris)
◾Eestbound (Travis Scott, Young Thug, Jazz Cartier)
◾Rob Kleiner (Sia, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Cee Lo)
◾Cesar Sogbe (Prince, David Byrne, Jennifer Lopez)


TAIP is a wonderful tape plug-in for the DAW era. 

It's easy to use, and quickly makes your tracks sound better with is subtle warming and compression.

You can also drive this plug-in harder if you're looking for some subtle distortion.

The "wear" control is also great for adding some wow and flutter if you're looking for some great lo-fi vibes. 

This is an all around great plug-in, and might even be the best tape emulation plug-in I've used. 

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I hope you got value from this post on my review of TAIP by Baby Audio. 

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Reagan Ramm

Hi! I'm Reagan, and I've been writing, recording, and mixing music since 2011, and got a degree in audio engineering in 2019 from Unity Gain Recording Institute. I also work full-time in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and am striving to help fellow musicians and producers improve their art and make a living doing the work they love.

- Reagan Ramm

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