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Slate Digital intros Virtual Microphone System

Slate Digital VMS

Slate Digital has introduced the Virtual Microphone System, a new microphone system which includes two microphones, a dual pre-amp converter, and a software plug-in module.

Using a super clean and transparent microphone and pre-amplification chain in conjunction with The VMS software, Slate recreates the color and character of some of the most beloved classic mic’s and pre-amps used in the recording industry.

Switch between a virtual 47 and a ribbon 121 and try them through different preamps. Or put a virtual 57 on a snare drum or guitar amp. Zero latency means you can record directly into your DAW using these virtual mics and preamps. And do it all at a fraction of the price!

Slate Digital does it again with another groundbreaking product from the guys who really love this stuff.

The VMS will be demonstrated at the Winter NAMM 2014, booth #6921.

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Microphone System

Slate Digital updates Trigger drum replacement plugin to v2.0

Steven Slate Trigger 2.0

Slate Digital has launched version 2.0 of its Trigger next generation drum replacement plug-in for Windows and Mac.

TRIGGER has a phase accurate multi layered triggering engine. This means that in one instance of the plugin, you can seamlessly trigger 8 stereo samples simultaneously such as a close mic sample, stereo overhead sample, and a stereo room mic samples. Or, mix many direct mic samples to develop your own custom unique sounds. This multi channel triggering functionality allows the user to recreate the sound of natural drums with real multitracked samples.

Each sample layer has parameters for customization such as velocity and dynamic control, attack, sustain, release and independent levels. Other features include 2 detection modes, MIDI in/out, automation of detecting parameters, up to 127 different articulations per instrument, up to 127 velocity layers per instrument and up to 127 alternation hits per velocity layer, and a unique “Leakage Suppression” function. Trigger Platinum also contains a transient triggered gate that is the ultimate tool for cleaning up drum tracks with excess leakage.

Trigger 2 features

  • Extremely accurate drum replacement.
  • Leakage suppression.
  • Transient driven Gate.
  • Eight stereo layers of samples.
  • Converts audio to Midi.
  • Comes with Steven Slate Classic Platinum samples.

Trigger 2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for $199 USD (Platinum) / $99 USD (EX).

More information: Steven Slate Drums / Trigger

Slate Digital releases Terry Date Drums for Steven Slate Drums & Trigger

Slate Digital Terry Date Drums

Slate Digital has announced the release of Terry Date Drums, a collection of drumkits for use in for Steven Slate Drums and Trigger.

Terry Date is the producer, recording engineer, and mixer behind bands like The Deftones, Pantera, Staind, Incubus, SoundGarden, and many more. His drum sounds were a major influence on Steven Slate and many of Slate’s own samples were modeled from tones on Terry’s records.

Terry Date Drums for SSD4 and Trigger brings the user 10 drumkits recorded in Hensen Studio B.

The expansion library for SSD4 and Trigger is available to purchase for $99 USD for a limited time (regular $199 USD).

More information: Slate Digital / Terry Date Drums

Slate Digital releases Virtual Buss Compressors

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Slate Digital has launched Virtual Buss Compressors, a plug-in suite comprising three unique sounding, 100% analog modeled dynamic processors that are ideal for program material.

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
Every nuance of real analog compressors has been modeled; including the exact nonlinear characteristics of their transformers, tubes, VCAs, amplifiers, phase distortions, harmonic distortions, and timing.

Virtual Buss Compressors contains 3 models of some of the industry’s most sought after analog gear.

The FG-GREY is a replication of the classic British console compressor, with some fat sounding transformers added in to beef up the low end. The GREY will give your mix that classic glue and punch that you’ve heard on so many hits!

The FG-RED is a replication of the classic RED mixbuss compressor that has been used for decades by some of the world’s top mixers. It sounds tight, punchy, and has rich harmonics from the output transformers.

The FG-MU is a hybrid of several tube compressor designs that is lush, warm, fat, and open sounding. The MU will give your mix tons of depth and analog vibe!

Each compressor also includes a hi pass filter and parallel mix wet/dry knob for ultimate flexibility! Finally, some of the most common professional presets have been added to each compressor to get you started quickly!

Virtual Buss Compressors features

  • 3 Unique 100% Analog Modeled Buss Compressors.
  • Precisely emulated circuit paths including amplifiers and transformers.
  • Tons of classic presets used by top mix engineers.
  • Available as a rack or individual plugins.
  • 2 Activations per user.

The VBC bundle is available for $199 USD, including a free iLok 2 until July 12th, 2013.

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Buss Compressors

Gobbler launches Gobblerama Leaderboard Contest


Gobbler has announced its Gobblerama referral contest.

Gobbler is offering over $10,000 in prizes from Universal Audio, Telefunken, Focusrite and others, just for inviting your friends!

Throughout the month of May, Gobbler customers who get the greatest number of friends to sign up for Gobbler will win audio hardware and software prizes every week. The grand prize, a Universal Audio 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier, will be awarded when the contest ends, May 28th. Daily prizes from Groove3, Slate Digital, Softube, and others will also be given away randomly – just for entering!

More information: Gobbler

Double Impact releases The Ultimate Drum Bundle drum replacement library

Double Impact Ultimate Drum Bundle

Double Impact has released the Ultimate Drum Bundle, a drum sample library for Slate Digital Trigger and WaveMachine Labs Drummagog.

The Ultimate Drum Bundle is a high quality sample bundle which contains 17 Kicks, 19 Toms and 18 phenomenal sounding snares recorded with top of the line microphones, preamps and converters.

The samples are easy to use in all industry standard drum replacement plugins and allows users to fully customize the close mic’s, overheads, room and additional microphone levels of each sample.

To give you instant access to huge drum sounds we provided you with ready-to-go mix presets for trigger and drumagog, containing one of the best sounding reverbs of this decade.

The sample library costs 50 EUR. The snares, kicks and toms are also sold individually for 35 EUR each. Prices ex. VAT.

More information: Double Impact / Ultimate Drum Bundle

Eiosis introduces new AirEQ plug-in at NAMM 2013

Eiosis has announced its re-launch with a major new version of the AirEQ plug-in for Windows and Mac OS X in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX formats.

“My goal was to make something that goes beyond the bandwidth control, something that would drastically change the sounds and extend the possibilities of equalization. AirEQ’s revolutionary Character parameter adds a new layer of control that will become vital to every audio engineer.” – Fabrice Gabriel, CEO of EIOSIS, AirEQ designer, and algorithm designer of the multi award winning Slate Digital products.

Eiosis AirEQ
AirEQ’s revolutionary Character Control goes Beyond Analog, allowing incredibly transparent, tight boost and cuts in the digital domain, adding a brand new dimension to the standard parametric equalizer.

With its unprecedented Character and Strength parameters, Air and Earth bands, transparent and precise sound, and exceptional high quality processing; AirEQ is your ideal, go-to equalizer for everyday tracking, mixing and mastering.

Additionally, with its ease of use, ergonomics features, musical Q/Gain adjustment behavior, flexible display options, low CPU and zero delay processing, AirEQ is truly unique in design.

AirEQ will be available in 2 versions: AirEQ (MSRP $219.99 USD) and AirEQ Premium (MSRP $349.99 USD).

More information: Eiosis

Analogue Drums releases Fat Stacks for Kontakt

Analogue Drums Fat Stacks

Analogue Drums has announced the release of Fat Stacks, a new sampled drum library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Fat Stacks is a natural sounding vintage club kit. With small drums for a big sound, this kit can set the tone for a range of styles that need an organic, lively beat. We think it sounds good for R’n’B, hiphop, funk, raw drum’n’bass, and even acoustic tracks.

With several mic layers to blend, the sound of the kit can go from snappy and clean to gritty and lofi with the twist of a knob. There are 4 snare variations and two kick variations to keep things interesting.

Fat Stacks features

  • Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics.
  • Mic layers: 6x individually controllable mic layers: Close mics, Overheads, Room mics, Smash mic, Kick Sub, and Snare-Bottom
  • Round-robin: natural performance thanks to round-robin hits.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum optimised mapping layouts provided. The layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with instrument volume, mic layer, pan and input device controls.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for heavier tracks.
  • Presets: for quickly dialing up different sounds.
  • eKit mode switch to ‘eKit’ mode when using a Roland V-Drum kit, or leave set to ‘Keyboard mode’ for direct MIDI sequencing.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement – kick, snare, toms – each with separated mic layers.

The Fat Stacks kit is available to purchase for $19 USD. Fat Stacks is compatible with Kontakt full version (v3+), and mappings for Slate Digital Trigger are also provided.

More information: Analogue Drums / Fat Stacks