Tape + CLASP + DAW = What’s Been Missing
'Quick, easy, and professional beyond all expectations, CLASP proves to be the biggest breakthrough in recording technology we’ve seen in years.' - EQ Magazine What could single-handedly revive analog tape and make your tape machine worth 50 grand again?
When tape-based recording was largely replaced by DAWs, it left a sonic void that plugins have not been able to fill. CLASP is tape > at digital speed. CLASP routes all audio to tape then lines it up with sample accuracy in the DAW in real time. CLASP integrates your tape machine into the modern DAW workflow, making the most of both platforms. All functionality of the DAW remains, but your computer will sound like your tape machine. You’ll spend more time recording, and no time waiting for transfers, Lynx boxes or SMPTE.
The DAW controls the tape machine, and you don’t have to touch it once tape is loaded. DAW features like playlists and quickpunch are not compromised. Perhaps best of all, CLASP delivers what is technically impossible with a DAW alone: zero latency, real time analog monitoring. Better for singers and the groove.
Switch tape speeds to get different tones all within the same project—track drums at 15ips, bass at 7.5 and vocals at 30, for example. CLASP is easy on transports because it’s not chasing anything. Standard tape reels are used from top to tails which means the tape wears down much more slowly, lasting anywhere from multiple songs to multiple projects. Record as many simultaneous tracks as your tape machine and converters can accommodate. CLASP consists of mastering-grade hardware and rock-solid control software
Draw a sonic line in the sand: between normal studios | and studios with tape machines. With CLASP your tape machine will generate business again and cost less to operate
- Analog auto-router with zero-loss and zero latency.
- Tape machine remote emulator—works with virtually any professional analog tape machine that has a remote connection.
- Master control plugin to coordinate delay compensation, tape track arming and tape transport.
- Supports Mac and PC, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, and DP (coming soon).
CLASP – The Sound of What’s Been Missing
- CLASP encourages overdubs on tape. Give clients a HUGE SOUNDING reason to make their entire record in your studio.
- Mid-session tape transfers are no more, and no longer a stumbling block to studio owners or artists.
- Reuse tape. Minimize tape costs and make analog recording affordable again.
- Less wear and tear on tape machine means less maintenance.
- One CLASP system can operate up to three machines: Get the most of your tape machine investments.
- Easy installation and set up (about one hour) with Free Technical Support.
Call Vintage King today to arrange a demo! Manufacturer's Description
Finally, Pro Tools ® sounds like your analog tape machine. Endless Analog CLASP
is a revolutionary device that ties your existing tape machine to your DAW system invisibly.
The Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor (CLASP ®) is a hardware and software system that integrates Analog Tape Recorders with Digital Audio Workstations using a proprietary method called SST ® (sample synchronization technology). CLASP ® delivers a true analog front end recording solution with the sonic character of your tape machine.
CLASP ® works invisibly in the background allowing you to capture all the great warmth off the tape but without impeding the workflow and since you’re not saving endless out takes of tape, CLASP ® is easy on the budget as well.CLASP ® turns your analog tape machine into an analog flavored plug-in, delivering a true analog front end recording solution with all the sonic character of real tape. The fat sound of real analog tape
Imagine experiencing analog tape recording as fast, effortless and time-saving as Pro Tools ®. With the CLASP ® system you can record using tape while simultaneously maintaining all the speed, flexibility, and editing capabilities that you depend on from your workstation. CLASP ® allows for a seamless analog recording experience where all recording and overdubs are done in real time, and all audio is stored in your Pro Tools session. Record one or several albums using a single reel of tape. How do I use it?
CLASP ™ installs between your mic pre’s, DAW, and tape machine, typically accessible through your patch bay. CLASP ™ is compatible with Pro Tools HD ®, Logic ®, and Nuendo ®, providing 24 tracks of recording. Supported tape machines include Studer, MCI, Otari, 3M, Ampex, Sony, and Tascam. The CLASP ™ software suite includes versions for RTAS, AU, & VST. Once installed, simply set up a recording session inside your DAW, initialize synchronization of your analog recorder to your DAW with CLASP ™, and you are ready to record. Daisy chain up to three CLASP ™ hardware interfaces and synchronize three analog recorders for a total of 72 channels of recording. Use with a 24, 16 or 8 track for tracking sessions or even a 2 track for overdubs. Combine different machines and tape speeds for different tones. With the CLASP ™ the possibilities are endless. Record, listen, and enjoy. Features
Supported Tape Machines
- Zero-loss signal path
- Sample accurate synchronization
- Auto input monitor switching
- Full latency compensation
- Zero latency analog monitoring
- Auto tape transport control
- Post-roll record
- Return to zero rewind from DAW
- Audible rewind function
- Auto rewind
- End of tape sensor
- Large tape reel support
- CLASP Machine Matrix Ready
- MMC and HUI support
- Remaining tape time counter
- Auto channel cascading
- Repro only monitor option
- Daisy chaining
- Auto standby mode
- Machine online / offline hotkey
- Arm / Disarm all tracks hotkey
- Machine sync memory
- Direct record mode
- MIDI Programmer mode
If you do not see your tape machine listed here please contact us.
- 3M M79
- Ampex ATR 102
- MCI JH Series
- Otari MTR
- Otari MX 5050
- Sony APR-24
- Studer 800
- Studer A80
- Studer A827
- Studer J37