Slate digital virtual buss compressors

We'd like the option to be able to disengage the transformer circuit, though, which would presumably give a cleaner sound, possibly more like a typical SSL. Rack or individual plugins. The compressors themselves are all pretty straightforward, and if you've used the hardware equivalents or any good software emulations , the control sets will hold no surprises - although they do take advantage of more accurate incremental parameter changes, of course. This attention to detail, amongst other things, has resulted in VBC taking rather longer to make it to market than anticipated, but now that it's here, we can emphatically say that this is a great package, presenting everything you need to compress your master buss, sub mixes and plenty more besides with real character and analogue authenticity. You also get independent Gain make up again, not a feature of the

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Slate has bolted a model of a Neve input transformer onto its recreation. You also virtaul independent Gain make up again, not a feature of the This is most obvious with FG-Mu, which imparts an enhancer-like high-frequency sheen, and FG-Grey, where the mids feel slightly scooped.

FG-Mu has the most character and is just beautiful across drum overheads, drum sub mixes and overall mixes. It's when you start compressing, though, that the personality of each compressor really comes through. Of note, however, is that the limiter circuit from the actual Red 3 isn't included. This attention to detail, amongst other things, has resulted in VBC taking rather longer to make it to market than anticipated, but now that it's here, we can emphatically say that this is a great package, presenting everything you need to compress your master buss, sub mixes and plenty more besides with real character and analogue authenticity.

Pros Excellent analogue sound. The high- frequency sheen is accompanied by a low frequency "glue", and although you can drive the compression hard if you want to, there's plenty of flavour even at gentle settings. Finally, FG-Mu can also switch between linked stereo and dual mono modes, the latter featuring separate controls including a high-pass filter for each channel.

Like we said, FG-Red is the most neutral processor at zero-to-low compression settings. Other than that, however, VBC is clearly one of the best software emulations of analogue gear that we've encountered to date. Slate tell us its planning to add mono-only instances in a future update, and we'd also welcome a broader range for the sidechain filters FG-Mu's upper limit is Hz, while the other two only reach Hz.

Full circuits are modeled. FG-Red is the most neutral, but even that one still pushes a slight upper-mid enhancement.

Sidechain high-pass needs wider range. When compared to other market-leading plugins of a similar bent, Slate's diligent approach has clearly paid vuss, particularly in the excellent non-linear characteristics.

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Our Verdict Three great buss compressor emulations with some welcome enhancements and a staggeringly convincing 'analogue' sound. Aside from that, the Red boasts a very similar set of controls to the FG-Grey: We'd like the option to be able to disengage the transformer circuit, though, which would presumably give virgual cleaner sound, possibly more like a typical SSL.

Cons No mono versions.

During development, Slate made a conscious decision to focus on non-linearities like harmonic distortion, phase distortion, frequency alteration and noise, as well as the underlying compression compresskrs - so in theory, we really are talking 'warts and all'. This modded design works well under medium-to-heavy compression to retain more punch on loops, drum sub mixes and overall mixes.

The compressors themselves are all pretty straightforward, and if you've used the hardware equivalents or any good software emulationsthe control sets will hold no surprises - although they do take advantage of more accurate incremental parameter changes, of course.

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors review | MusicRadar

Rack or individual plugins. But like the original hardware, this is where it works best, adding subtle mix glue. However, Attack and Release are handled by individual controls rather than the six time-constant options of the Three great buss compressor emulations with some welcome enhancements and a staggeringly convincing 'analogue' sound.

Slate have also stuck with the independent input level and threshold controls. Slate Digital has built an enviable reputation for emulating analogue staples in various categories, so its latest venture - Virtual Buss Compressors - is certainly a logical next step.

The real clincher here, though, is the adjustable output transformer. All three VBC plugins have an audible effect on the input signal even when they appear to be delivering zero gain reduction.

FG-Red's famed transformer circuit includes adjustable drive level.

This acts rather like a subtle distortion control, and is great virtaul adding bite to the mid-range, whether that's electric guitars, keys or even vocal sub mixes. FG-Grey is also pretty coloured, which isn't something we would associate with the SSL Buss Compressor on which it's based, and there might be a good reason for that:

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