Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
Virtual Buss Compressors is a suite of three unique-sounding dynamic processors that are modelled from some of the most classic mix buss compressors in the audio industry. Careful attention was paid to recreating the unique nonlinearities of the circuit paths that give each compressor its own distinct tone that includes their transformers, tubes, VCA’s, amplifiers, phase distortions, harmonic distortions and timing. The Virtual Buss Compressors are perfect for adding that professional final touch to your mixes.
This compressor is based on the classic and often underrated RED-faced compressor. A firm favourite of mix legends such as Chris Lord Alge due it its unparalleled clarity and punchy sound. When Slate Digital underwent analysis of the RED they found it was indeed a very unique beast. The attack and auto-release work in an interesting way and are very musical, but the real magic Slate DIGITAL found was in the output section, they found that just pushing the makeup gain a few dB did some insane things to the sound. A little push and things got a ton more punchy, fat, and aggressive. After more examination, they realised that this was due to a series of nonlinear reactions caused by the output transformer. So Slate Digital decided to do something that the original unit cannot, they put the output transformer effect on a knob called DRIVE. When you push the DRIVE knob, you get a beautiful punch and articulation of the transients, and you can control just how much you want, regardless of whether or not you use the makeup gain! Famous rock mixer Justin Netbank beta tested the FG-RED and loves the drive, suggesting ‘6.6’ as the magic number. But you can try cranking it all the way for an interesting effect!
The FG-GREY starts off with a very precise model of the classic British “4000 series console compressor”. A truly magnificent piece of equipment that has a way of being able to tighten and gel the components of a mix in ways that can go from fairly transparent in auto-release mode, to very aggressive in manual mode. Slate Digital did a small mod to the circuit in their virtual model which they think you’ll really enjoy. They took the classic British discrete transformer and added some of its characteristics to the signal path. This does something amazing to the clarity of the midrange and bottom end, where the hardware unit tends to start sucking out too much bottom as you start to compress more. You’ll also notice that there is a bit less of a drop in the bottom and the rich mids will still be nice and present when you heavily compress with the FG-GREY.
The Fairchild 670 and Manley Vari Mu are some of the world’s best compressors, its undeniable that some real magic that happens when your mix goes through a brilliantly designed piece of tube gear. For the FG-MU, Slate Digital put all these wonderful qualities into the algorithm. To experience FG-MU for the first time you don’t even have to do any compression, as just going through the processor without any gain reduction will reveal a beautiful open sound due to the modelling of the tube circuit path. Overall, this is a processor that has tons of analogue mojo and vibe for days that will be a sure hit on any of your mixes.
- macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14
- Intel Processor, 4GB RAM
- AU, VST2, VST3, or AAX 64-bit host
- Windows 8 or 10
- Intel or AMD Processor, 4GB RAM
- VST2, VST3, or AAX 64-bit host
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