Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System
“I’m literally blown away.. We just put it against a real Neumann U47 and it matched so close that they would be indistinguishable in a mix. This is a winner. You even get the 3D quality of the real mics. This is a new frontier.” – Ross Hogarth, Multiple Grammy Award winning Engineer/Mixer/Producer
“This is a great system which really does give you the character of classic vintage microphones at a price that won’t make you faint.” – MusicRadar
“The VMS is a bold new product that can deliver on its promise to recreate the sound of some of the classic microphone models — at a fraction of the price.” – Sound On Sound
“What we’ve heard is certainly impressive..” – AudioTechnology
Microphone/Preamp Modeling Hardware/Software Hybrid System with Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic, Preamp, and Plug-in Suite – Mac/PC AAX, AU, VST
The Virtual Microphone System
The “VMS” is a hybrid system that utilizes an extremely transparent condenser microphone, a sonically-neutral preamp, and state-of-the-art digital processing suite that recreates the tone of classic microphones and preamps. The Virtual Microphone System collapses the wall standing between audio engineers and expensive world-class audio tools, allowing them access to the virtual microphone locker of their dreams.
THE BUNDLED MICROPHONES:
FG-47 (Neumann U47): This mic will take you back in time. It’s lush, warm, fat, present, and BIG sounding. If you have a wimpy source, it gets fixed with this mic. It doesn’t have that modern sizzly top-end air, but it takes EQ in the top end like a champion. I love adding some Custom Series 10 kHz when using this mic. By pushing the intensity, it gets even darker, moodier, and a bit more saturated. Don’t just use this microphone on vocals. Put it on drums as a room mic. Put it on the outside of a kick. Put it on horns, strings.
FG-800 (Sony C800g): The FG-800 is based on a solid performing studio vocal mic. This is a bright and airy microphone. That airy, clear, bright tone works perfectly in a pop mix with no EQ needed. When this mic works, nothing will sound as good. And it actually works a lot, even on modern male rock vocals.
FG-251 (Telefunken ELA M 251): The FG-251 sounds so good on just about everything. It’s the perfect balance of top, middle, and bottom. There is something so flattering about this mic that every singer just sounds better than they do in the actual room. The intensity is really fun with this one. This mic pairs well with both preamps, so try them both using the VMR A->B system.
VMS now includes the Classic Tubes 2 expansion pack!
FG-12 (AKG C12): The FG-12 emulates an Austrian classic known for being incredibly smooth and rich-sounding. Slate chose an absolutely incredible mic to model that is the perfect representation of this famous tone.
FG-800M: The FG-800M emulates an older Japanese tube mic and is slightly fatter and darker than the stock FG-800. If you love the FG-800 but wish it was a tad less sibilant and bright, you’re gonna love this.
FG-M7 (Shure SM7B): The FG-M7 takes one of the most famous dynamic vocal mics used by artists like Michael Jackson, and adds the tube stage of the classic 47 making it extremely punchy, crisp, with incredible mids that cut through the mix. Definitely gonna be a favorite!
FG-269 (Neumann M269): The FG-269 emulates an extremely rare German classic that shares much of the same circuit as the 67, but has a different tube that makes it more open and clear. This is one of the best sounding vocal mics I’ve ever heard.
FG67 (Neumann U67): The FG-67 emulates a German classic known for being bold, slightly dark, and thick. This is amazing as a vocal mic, room mic, horn mic, piano mic, and is probably my favorite on toms.
THE BUNDLED PREAMPS:
FG-73 (Neve 1073): The FG-73 preamp module is modeled after one of the most famous discrete solid state preamps in the industry, made in Britain and used on countless recordings. It has a bold, present and warm sound that works great on any audio source – even full mixes.
FG-76 (Telefunken V76): The FG-76 preamp module is modeled after a vintage German tube preamp that has been used on many classic recordings. It has a thick and colorful tone that can make tracks and mixes sound more ‘alive’. The bottom-end saturates in a very unique and musical way, making it a great module for bass guitar and kick drum tracks.
The Slate VMS plug-in software lets you completely change the tonal characteristics of your recording, even after the fact. Choose from a massive collection of classic vintage mic and preamp models, as well as unique models for advanced recording techniques. You can re-create countless iconic recording chains most engineers can only dream of getting their hands on.
ML-1 large-diaphragm condenser microphone
VMS-One dual preamp with PSU
VMS plug-in software (including the Classic Tubes 2 expansion pack)