The Arturia Delay TAPE-201 gives you everything you love about the sound of vintage hardware tape delays, but with the reliability and versatility of software.

Simple to use, fun to tweak, and with the most authentic tape delay emulation ever found in a software effect, Delay TAPE-201 will give you that spacious, reverberating delay you crave.

Floating tape delay

The most authentic tape delay software effect ever made.

Amazing retro tone

Every nuance of the original brought back to life in your DAW.

Spring reverb tank

Instant atmosphere with lush, harmonically rich integrated reverb.

This amazing plugin pays tribute to the tape delays that changed the way music sounded forever. From the early EchoSonic pioneered by Ray Butts, Mike Battle’s Echoplex, to Ikutaro Kakehashi’s masterful Echo Chamber series, tape delays gave guitarists and organ players a new, exciting tool to use on stage and in the studio. Hearing this fluttering golden tone, it wasn’t long before studios, recording engineers, and producers wanted to make it part of their signature sounds.

In 1974, the music world was taken by storm, or rather, by space. An updated version of Kakehashi’s design, this time using standard 1/4" tape in a continuous, loose loop, and no reels, became the go-to favorite for musicians and producers. Finally, floaty, magic echo in a self-contained, reliable unit. It didn’t just sound great, it was versatile too. It had multiple delay patterns to create different rhythmic feels, EQ control to hone the delay’s tone, an integrated spring reverb, and - most famously of all - adjustable tape speed, letting it create otherworldly, haunting pitch changes in the delay.

Through the magic of our advanced TAE® modelling technology, we are able to perfectly emulate this groundbreaking delay as a plug-in. All of this magic, all of these quirks, and all of this legendary tone are recreated in Arturia Delay TAPE-201.

The holy grail of tape delays, the iconic silver, black, and green-fronted echo unit was loved by countless musicians from all genres and styles. Alternative and indie legends like Radiohead, Sonic Youth, and Bon Iver loved its pitch-warping power. It fleshed out the guitar tone of everyone from The Shadows to Randy Rhoads. Electronic pioneers Vangelis, Boards Of Canada, Leftfield, and Jean-Michel Jarre adored its spatial width and thick, saturated tone. Dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry and synth hero Brian Eno made its ghostly, analog decay part of their signature sounds. A list of famous spacey tape delay users would be impossibly long, but it would be a “who’s who” of influential music legends.

Now it’s your turn. If you want to add that magic, analog tape delay sound to your own music, complete with its quirky pitch control and saturated tone, Delay TAPE-201 is the perfect plugin.


What makes Delay TAPE-201 so unique?

Space-age echo

The classic smooth, saturated tape delay sound is perfectly emulated in this plug-in.
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Evolving feedback

This magic tape delay can feed itself a signal over and over again, evolving it into something totally new.
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Authentic spring reverb

Not just a delay, Delay Tape-201 also features an accurate spring reverb unit, just like the original.
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Instant dub drums

The syncopated, off-time delays that give dub and downtempo its edge are a dream to create.
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New Features

Modern sounds and abilities exclusive to our software recreation.

Exciting modulation

Make your sound come alive! This example uses the new modulation controls, altering the reverb amount with an LFO.

Stereo playground

Delay Tape-201 lets you warp and contort the stereo field using powerful modulation. This demo uses the LFO to control the stereo effect.

Random grooves

The software reimagining lets you experiment with deep modulation, letting you create weird, re-ordered delays with ease.

This isn’t simply a sound-a-like software effect, this is the most accurate, highly detailed recreation of the famous 70s tape delay ever created.

We studied its circuitry, analyzed the tape, and even modelled the quirks to bring you an authentic tape delay that you’ll turn to time and time again. And again. And again. And again.

70s sound, modern features

The warbly analog magic of an outboard tape delay could be considered the polar opposite to the precise, almost clinical environment of recording software. Thanks to the efforts of Arturia’s engineers, you can now mix these two worlds, and enjoy some seriously modern features as well.

Choose Your Preamp

Pick from the original grainy RE-201 preamp, a newly-modeled Germanium preamp for extra crunch, or go squeaky clean with no preamp at all.

Multiple delay modes

Find your perfect echo, reverb, or mixed sound wit the vintage control knob.

Hands-on rate control

Sync your delay with the tempo of your DAW project or let it run free, the choice is yours.

Get intense

Discreetly control the intensity, delay and reverb amounts to fine-tune your effect.

Refine with EQ

Cut out unwanted frequencies from your delay, and boost the best bits with a powerful integrated EQ.

Welcome to the machine

Crank up these controls to add some aged mechanical and tape effects to the sound.

Advanced modulation

Use the LFO to control any parameter within the plug-in, letting you unleash your creativity.

Experience Delay TAPE-201 now!

Can’t wait to try it out on your own music? Why wait? Load it up, and explore this reborn legend for yourself.

Half a century of hit-making tone,
right in your DAW

Push hard for that saturated, soft-clipping sound that cuts through any mix; get the tonal balance just right at the input stage; add vintage analog warmth in your mastering chain; use the in-built mid/side processing to enhance your whole mix.

Compatible with all major DAWs, now you too can enjoy the harmonic push, subtle overtones, and tone-shaping power of the most iconic studio gear ever made.

Pro Tools

Logic Pro X

Ableton Live

FL Studio



Digital Performer

Studio One

Main Features

  • Virtual recreation of the classic tape echo
  • Accurate modeling of the electronic circuits and tape behavior, thanks to our TAE® and Phi® technologies
  • Features 3 delay tape heads and a reverb tank, that can be combined in 12 different ways
  • Choose between 3 delay types (Left/Right, Ping Pong or Mid/Side)
  • Processing in stereo with independent repeat rates
  • Possibility to sync repeat rates to the host tempo
  • Stereo tools to control spatial width
  • Input equalizer with lowpass, highpass and peak filters, to shape the sound entering the unit
  • Acces to advanced modeling parameters to better match hardware behaviors (flutter, motor inertia, background noise)
  • Additional LFO with 16 possible destinations
  • Resizable window
  • Integrated tutorials

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 8.1+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.13+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

VST 2.4 (64-bit), VST 3 (64-bit), AAX (64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (64-bit), NKS* (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4


The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.

*NKS compatibility coming soon

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