Premier Guitar features affiliate links to help support our content. We may earn a commission on any affiliated purchases.

Strymon Announces Deco Tape Saturator and Doubletracker Plugin

Strymon Announces Deco Tape Saturator and Doubletracker Plugin

The Deco Plugin Tape Saturator and Doubletracker are a direct port of their critically acclaimed Deco hardware pedal and were designed to offer unique DAW features.


The new plugin has two different Saturation voices that emulate the characteristics of both professional open-reel mastering tape machines and the ALC auto-limiting circuit found on high-end ‘70s cassette decks, as well as the exclusive feature of dual tape transports in the Doubletracker section. All of the classic effects Deco recreates are generated by changing the offset between the two machines, allowing incremental changes from phasing and flanging to chorusing, slapback, and echo as the offset increases. This dual-deck scenario represents a long-lost studio workflow that was critical to the sound and vibe of many early recordings made at facilities like Sun Studios and Abbey Road, but one that was replaced by modern devices many decades ago.

​“Our Deco hardware pedal has long been the secret weapon of many an engineer in the studio, so having it in plugin form represents a major step forward in accessibility”, said Sean Hal- ley, Strymon’s Head of Marketing. “The dual tape deck scenario offers a number of truly unique and genuine vintage sounds that haven’t previously been achievable in the world of DAWs in the same way”, Halley continues. “If you add the fact that Deco was originally made for guitar and has a mountain of gain on tap, the result is that you can go from the mildest blush of satu- ration and echo all the way to full-on distorted chaos and everything in between, all based upon the authentic characteristics of magnetic tape.”

The Deco Plugin is available directly from Strymon and at select dealers worldwide for $79 US.

For more information, please visit strymon.net.

A pair of new, mighty Sunn 100S amps—the company’s original flagship amplifier—built by the new team led by James Lebihan, Mike Eldred, and Steve Skillings.

Since forming to help early garage rockers the Kingsmen bring their hit “Louie Louie” on the road, Sunn amps have roared behind everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Leslie West to Kurt Cobain to the doom-metal act that bears their name. After laying dormant for decades, the brand is back and the new team promises to live up to its legendary reputation.

“Have you ever considered covering ‘Louie Louie,’” I ask Stephen O’Malley over Zoom. The doom-metal guitarist and half of the band Sunn O))) is a native of Seattle but has lived the past 20 years in Paris, France. “I see where you’re going with this,” O'Malley chuckles, and says, “but we’re not a rock ’n’ roll band. Still, the Kingsmen and Conrad Sundholm building a bass amp for his brother—that’s a legendary Northwest story.”

Read MoreShow less

Introducing the limited-edition HALO Core by Keeley Electronics, with only 300 units available.

Read MoreShow less

ESP Guitars introduces the new LTD DX Series, offering high-quality guitars at a more affordable price.

Read MoreShow less
In Flames' Björn Gelotte, Chris Broderick & Liam Wilson Rig Rundown
Rig Rundown: In Flames' Björn Gelotte, Chris Broderick & Liam Wilson

The Swedish melodic death metal pioneers continue solidifying their reign as technical titans. That’s due in part to signature guitars—Epiphone Les Paul Customs plus Jackson Diabolics and Soloists that rip and roar—as well as Zon Sonus basses. Altogether, these steely vets with thundering tenacity are feeling the surge of fresh sonic blood.

Read MoreShow less