Vintage Tape faithfully replicates the frequency coloration, saturation, and phase response of a classic tape machine and half-track head stack. This makes it a great tool for warming up and adding color to your instrument busses! One of the keys to fine tuning the color is adjusting the Bias.
The Bias control gives you the option of customizing the distortion curve and high-frequency response of the machine. Adjusting the slider in either direction will reveal more distortion. A negative bias value will push more energy at the higher frequencies, just like an under-biased tape machine, while a positive bias value will attenuate some of the higher frequencies.
For warm, thick drums, try running your drum bus through Vintage Tape and push the Input Drive. With a positive Bias, you’ll achieve a warmer, darker sound, while a negative Bias will result in a brighter, more aggressive sound. Adjust your low end punch to taste with the Low Emphasis slider, which adjusts the resonant peak of the reproduce tape head bump. Finally, to warm things up even more, try adding in some even order harmonics with the Harmonics slider. Make sure to always listen to how these changes sound within the context of your mix!