Steven Slate Virtual Tape Machines / Virtual Console Collection Bundle
Steven Slate VTM
The Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines authentically capture the sound of two classic tape decks including a 2inch 16 track deck from NRG RECORDING, as well as the 1/2" 2 track mastering deck used by mastering engineer Howie Weinberg. The Slate Digital development team led by algorithm engineer Fabrice Gabriel spent over a year researching the exact science of how tape machines create their classic sound, and every nuance is recreated with advanced digital modeling techniques. Using the 'VTM', your tracks and mixes will instantly take on the classic warm, rich, fat, deep sound of analog recordings.
Digital recording is now the standard for professional music production. But many engineers and musicians long for the days of analog recording, and for good reason.
Analog Tape Machines have a SOUND.
Big, fat, warm, deep, rich, and exciting are just some of the terms used to describe what recording onto a piece of magnetic tape sounds like. Most of all, tape is more musical.
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!
•Two tape machine types: ◦2" 16 track, ◦1/2" mastering deck
•Two tape formulations
•Two speeds: 15 ips and 30 ips
•Noise reduction control and auto mute
•Wow & Flutter control
•Bass alignment control
•Normal, Low & High Bias settings
•Settings global or per channel
•Tape reels start and stop in sync with DAW transport
Steven Slate VCC
Despite the digital revolution in the audio industry, many of today's top commercial albums are still mixed on analog consoles. Audio engineers rely on analog mixing to provide the nonlinear musical qualities that digital mixing does not produce. "When you mix through an analog desk you get this life and body to the sound that just doesn't happen when you mix inside the workstation. The separation and imaging from the analog summing is very apparent, especially when your track count gets high" remarks mixer Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Evanescence).
Over the past ten years, multiple audio manufacturers have produced simplified analog summing boxes that allow DAW users to get the benefits of analog mixing without having to use a full fledged analog desk. In 2001, Steven Slate made his mark in the analog summing world by commissioning Roll Music Systems to design and manufacture a custom analog summing box that was later named the FOLCROM. The FOLCROM continues to be one of the most popular analog summing boxes on the market, used by mixer Mike Shipley and other top names. Now in 2011, Slate once again stirs up the analog summing world, this time in the digital domain
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.
The VIRTUAL CONSOLE COLLECTION consists of two plugins, Virtual Channel and Virtual Mixbuss. Each plugin allows the user to choose from one of four modeled consoles. Virtual Channel is applied on individual mixing channels. Virtual Mixbuss goes on the first insert of the master fader. "When using the Virtual Console Collection, your DAW instantly takes on the personality of a real analog mixing desk. The imaging and depth improves, instruments sit better in the frequency spectrum, and mixing becomes easier and more musical. You can even push the DAW faders up to find each mixer's "sweet spot", says Slate.
Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection Plug-in Bundle 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
ILOK REQUIRED (included with boxed version but not with download)
MAC Minimum Requirements
•Dual Core Intel Processor, 1 GB of RAM, iLok2
•Mac OS® X 10.5 or later
•AU, RTAS, VST
PC Minimum Requirements
•Dual Core Intel or AMD Processor with SSE2 Support, 1 GB RAM, iLok2
•Windows® XP, Windows 7® (32/64 Bit)