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Slate Digital intros Virtual Buss Compressors—Three analog modeled dynamic processors

Slate Digital has announced Virtual Buss Compressors, a new plugin in Slate Digital’s Virtual Analog series.

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
VBC comprises FG4014, FG8014, and FG MU compressors.

VIRTUAL BUSS COMPRESSORS offer three unique sounding, 100% analog modeled dynamic processors that are ideal for program material.

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.

The first compressor is called the FG4014. It is modern, clean, pristine, and can compress program material in a musical but transparent manner. It is perfect for all types of mixes and masters, and even sounds great on drum overheads and acoustic guitar.

The second compressor is called the FG8014. This analog beast of a compressor is a hybrid model of a famous british console compressor combined with characteristics of another famous compressor known for it’s red faceplate. It’s punchy, fat, tight, and rich sounding, with a drive control that can enhance the transformer saturation to give it even more attitude. It is an amazing buss compressor for all types of music including rock, pop, country, hip hop, house, and more. It also sounds amazing on drum busses and even individual drums like kick snare and toms. This compressor was designed to be the ultimate “dream buss compressor”.

The third compressor is called FG MU. It is modeled after the classic Fairchild 670, but then we added characteristics of two modern Vari MU compressors as well. It is absolutely gorgeous sounding with a warm, fat, deeeeep, musical character that is perfect for all types of music. For mastering, it can add the perfect final bit of glue, air, depth, and transient sparkle.

All of the compressors in the VBC bundle have a variable hi pass filter, AND a mix knob that can be used to control the ratio of the compressed signal to the dry signal. The FG MU can be used in stereo and mid/side. Each compressor can be used in a series, and the series can be rearranged by dragging and dropping. Compressing a mix with each one doing a very little amount can sound amazing! The series also makes it very easy to A/B/C the compressors on source material. Finally, VBC will come with stock presets made by some of the industry’s top mixers.

Virtual Buss Compressors will be available November, 2012, with an introductory price of $199 USD.

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Slate Digital launches Steven Slate Drums 3.5 to 4.0 Upgrade Sale

Steven Slate Drums EX / Platinum

Slate Digital has announced a limited time Upgrade Sale, offering users of Steven Slate Drums a chance to upgrade to the latest version of the virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac at a reduced price.

SSD4 replaces the Kontakt player version of SSD with a state of the art virtual instrument built from the ground up by the Slate software team. SSD4 is easier to use, has an internal groove player, incredible editing and remapping features, the ability to import your own sounds, and most of all, new algorithms have been implemented that make the drums sound way better!

But most of all, you get the Slate DELUXE kits. These new kits are unprocessed and recorded with four times the detail of the classic kits in 3.5! Add new vintage Ludwig kits, Gretch Jazz kits, new metal kits, and even some amazing Electronic kits to your drum arsenal! Plus, the new SSD4 playback algorithms ensure the most natural and realistic playing. You also get the new Deluxe cymbal pack featuring SOULTONE cymbals!

Steven Slate Drums Upgrade Deal

Upgrade/Crossgrade Pricing:

  • Platinum 3.x to Platinum 4.0: $149 discount – COST: $99.
  • EX 3.x to EX 4.0: $49 discount – COST: $29.
  • EX 3.x to Platinum 4.0: from $49 to $149 discount (depending on number of expansion packs).
  • Competing Drum Software to Platinum: $149 discount.

The promotion ends Wednesday October 31st, 2012.

More information: Steven Slate Drums / SSD 4.0 Upgrade

Analogue Drums releases Big Mono Redux

Analogue Drums Big Mono Redux

Analogue Drums has announced Big Mono Redux, a drum sample library.

After numerous requests from users of Big Mono, we revisited the original recording session from 2003!

We’ve come up with a new drum library with the same sweet sound as the original Big Mono, but now with loads of options for sonic control.

Round-robins, controllable mic layers, adjustable sensitivity and even panning controls are provided to fit the kit into your track. With the same heritage as the original Big Mono, it’s a vintage Ludwig kit, tracked through killer mics and a ’70s Neve directly to 2″ tape.

Overview of features and presets of Analogue Drums Big Mono Redux for NI Kontakt.

Big Mono Redux features

  • 4 Kontakt instrument files for stereo/multi-out, Keyboard & V-Drum mappings.
  • 1,234 sample sound files in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz WAV format (814MB unzipped).
  • Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics.
  • Mic layers: 5x individually controllable microphone perspectives: Coles 4038 in Decca front-of-kit position, Coles 4038 Decca – overhead; Neumann U87 Decca – side, Close mics, and snare-bottom.
  • Round-robin: natural performance thanks to round-robin hits.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum mapping layouts provided. The keyboard layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with volume, mic and pan 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 changing sounds.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement – kick, snare, rack tom, floor tom – each with separated mic layers.

The Big Mono Redux sample library is available for Kontakt (full version v3+ required), and mappings for Slate Digital Trigger are also provided. It can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Analogue Drums website for $9.95 USD.

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Slate Digital emulates analog tape with Virtual Tape Machines plugin

Slate Digital has released Virtual Tape Machines, an analog tape emulation plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines
Get the big, fat, warm, deep, rich, and exciting sound of analog tape with VTM.

To capture the sound of tape is to capture a living, breathing sound that dynamically reacts to the music going on to it. Slate Digital Chief Technology Officer Fabrice Gabriel utilized his electrical engineering degree as a foundation for his comprehensive study of the physical processes that occur when recording to analog tape through a tape machine. What began with science led to Fabrice’s discovery of the seemingly magical properties of tape and inspired him to create his most advanced, dynamic algorithms yet. Two industry-standard machines were precisely modeled. What followed was a year of critical listening and algorithm tweaking, with some help from the expert ears of Slate Digital CEO, Steven Slate.

The result is the Virtual Tape Machines plugin. With models of both a 2 inch 16 track from NRG Recording, and a ½ inch 2 track machine from Howie Weinberg Mastering, the VTM will give your mixes an absolutely authentic analog vibe that will take your mixes to the next level. With added dimension, fatness, depth, and warmth, you’ll wonder how you ever mixed without it!

The making of the Virtual Tape Maschines plugin.

Virtual Tape Machines features

  • Most advanced, dynamic, true-to-life analog tape emulation ever achieved.
  • 16 track 2″ machine and 1/2″ mastering deck.
  • VTM is a dynamic, interactive, living, breathing replication of tape recording. No static modeling..
  • Two tape formulations, two tape speeds.
  • Calibration, bass alignment, wow & flutter, constant gain I/O, grouping, noise reduction.

The VTM plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $249 USD (free iLok included).

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Tape Machines

Steven Slate Digital releases VCC RC-Tube

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VCC RC-Tube (MixBuss)

Steven Slate Digital has released VCC RC-Tube, an authentic emulation of a classic 1950′s all tube broadcast console.

The RC Tube Channel is intended to be placed on the inserts of your mix channels, and the RC Tube Mixbuss is intended as the first insert on your master fader. Together, this plugin package will recreate the sound of a vintage tube mixer, giving your mix a rich, fat, warm, and deep sound that until now, was unattainable with a 100% digital mixer.

VCC RC-Tube features

  • Brings the sound of 1 legendary analog console to your DAW.
  • Models all characteristics of both the channels and the analog summing.
  • Intel Mac 32bit: RTAS, AU, VST.
  • Intel Mac 64bit: AU, VST.
  • Windows 32bit: RTAS, VST.
  • Windows 64bit: VST.
  • *iLOK2 Dongle Required.

TC-Tube is available to purchase for $49 USD plus shipping for iLok2 included for a limited time. It is also included in the Virtual Console Collection ($249.99 USD).

More information: Steven Slate Digital / RC-Tube

Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection, analog consoles for your DAW

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Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection - Mix bus

Slate Digital has announced the released of the Virtual Console Collection, a virtual effect suite for Windows and Mac.

The Slate Digital “VIRTUAL CONSOLE COLLECTION” brings the sound of 4 of the world’s top analog consoles into your DAW workstation.

“Slate Digital CTO Fabrice Gabriel and I studied these consoles inside and out. We meticulously modeled the entire circuit path so that we could recreate every subtle nuance that makes these consoles the legends that they are”, says Slate.

Virtual Console Collection features

  • Brings the sound of 4 legendary analog consoles to your DAW.
  • Models all characteristics of both the channels and the analog summing.
  • Mix and match consoles.
  • Mac/Windows VST, RTAS, AU.

Virtual Console Collection is available to purchase for $249.99 USD / 179.99 EUR. For a limited time a free iLok2 is included with a purchase.

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Console Collection

Slate Digital releases FG-X Virtual Mastering Processor

Slate Digital FG-X

Slate Digital has released FG-X, a virtual mastering processor for Windows and Mac.

Two years ago Steven Slate and expert algorithm engineer Fabrice Gabriel started working out the concept for a digital audio process that could increase the level of a mix without altering the punch and dynamic feel, or make the mix sound squashed and lifeless. They started by researching saturation curves and their effect on various types of transient material. After several months of study and hundreds of listening tests, they made some fascinating discoveries. What they found, was that in order to transparently add level to a mix, a dynamic and intelligent transient saturation system would have to be developed.

New ADVANCED ALGORITHMS were created to execute the extremely complex communication system that would be needed to properly perform the new dynamic operations. A new algorithm was formed, and the process was named “Intelligent Transient Preservation”, or ITP.

FG-X features

  • Worldclass mastering compressor with transparent and articulate sound.
  • Revolutionary ITP process to make your mixes louder without degradation.
  • Controls for low and high punch.
  • Ultra precise mastering quality metering.

FG-X is available to purchase as an effect plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at $299 USD.

More information: Slate Digital / FG-X

Slate Digital releases Trigger

Slate Digital Trigger

Slate Digital has released Trigger, an advanced drum replacer.

SLATE DIGITAL’s TRIGGER is the next generation drum replacement VST/RTAS/AU plugin. TRIGGER has a phase accurate multi layered triggering engine. This means that in one instance of the plugin, you can seamlessly trigger multiple 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 features

  • Instrument library includes: 45 snares (including 2 high-detailed Deluxe snares with adjustable overheads and 12 alternation hits per each velocity), 31 kick drums (including 2 Deluxe kick drums), 8 sets of toms.
  • Over 2.3 GB of high-quality 24 bit Steven Slate samples compressed using TRIGGER lossless sample compression (6 GB uncompressed).
  • Phase accurate drum replacement.
  • Six stereo layers of samples.
  • Complete control.
  • Easy to use.
  • Mac/Windows VST, RTAS, AU.

Slate Digital Trigger is available to purchase for $299 USD. An upgrade/crossgrade is available to Steven Slate Drums 3.0/3.5 and Drumagog 4 users.

More information: Slate Digital / Trigger