Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software

Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software

Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software

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Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software

Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software

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  • 8-Channel Interface with Linear Response
  • 124 dB Dynamic Range
  • Offers 0.7 ms Latency Across Platforms
  • AKM AK5578 Converter Chips
  • XTC Clocking
  • Preamp & Microphone Emulations
  • Included 1-Year Everything Bundle
  • Software Compatible with Mac & Windows
  • Operates in VST, AU, & AAX Formats
  • Works with Slate Digital Microphones
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Slate Digital VRS8 overview

  • 1Description

The Slate Digital VRS8 is an 8-channel interface designed to provide a flat, linear frequency response, as well as extremely low latencies of 0.7 ms at 97 kHz. It utilizes a satellite-grade clocking system and AKM AK5578 converter chips, ensuring a stable audio performance and a dynamic range of 124 dB. Two discrete headphone amplifiers are on hand for pristine private monitoring, and two front-facing 1/4" instrument jacks accept both instrument and line-level signals.

This interface is designed to be paired with separately available Slate Digital microphones to deliver what slate calls the VRS, or Virtual Recording Studio. Using this preamp, the aforementioned microphones, and included software, the VRS aims to put heretofore cost-prohibitive, holy-grail mic/pre combinations at your fingertips, with each element in the chain contributing to that goal.

Slate Digital is a company well-regarded for its modelling software, and the VRS8 offers almost all of this software, some of it on perpetual basis—as is the case with the Virtual preamp collection—and the rest of it via year-long licenses.

In fact, a complimentary one-year subscription to the Slate Everything Bundle is included with your purchase. This package of software comprises a continuously updated suite of emulations and plug-ins, including venerable compressors, equalizers, tube-circuit modules, tape machines, consoles, mastering processors, and more. Everything from 'stressors to vintage, modern, and all-buttons-in 76s are represented, as are channel strips from venerated boards and a few proprietary designs, such as an Air EQ by way of Eiosis and a harmonic enhancer by way of the Revival.

Using the VRS8, an ML-1 Microphone, and the Everything Bundle, you can achieve the sound of a 67 through a variety of authentic-sounding gear, such as a British channel strip, a 73-style preamp, a 76-style compressor, a de-esser, and a tape machine emulation—all in real time. This software is compatible with Mac and Windows platforms, operating in AU, VST and AAX formats.

Note: Please note: This listing is for the VRS8 Interface only, and requires separate purchase of the corresponding microphones.

VRS8 Interface

8 Linear Preamps
The start of any signal chain is extremely important, which is why the VRS8 features eight high-bandwidth Ultra Linear microphone preamps. These are of the same blank canvas design as the VMS-One preamp, enabling you to use the modelling software to recreate the authentic sound of famous microphones and preamps. Each preamp has its own high-quality metal knob, so you can easily set levels like a regular analog preamp.
High-Quality Converters
The next step in the signal chain is the converter itself. The VRS8 offers AKM AK5578 converter chips that provide 124 dB of dynamic range.
LLN Technology
In order to achieve low-latency across multiple platforms, Slate developed LLN technology, which stands for Low Latency Native. LLN utilizes a custom hard-wired converter chipset, which reduces managed components in the audio path and allows an 0.7 milliseconds of latency at 96K (with a 32-sample buffer). This latency spec allows you to monitor through mic and preamp emulations while tracking, giving you the ability to hear your audio in context while still allowing you to change your mind later.
XTC Audio Clock
The audio clock is the heart of any recording interface, and the VRS8 is no exception with its XTC clocking technology. This clock is satellite-grade, utilizing four temperature-compensated crystal oscillators for stability, keeping your audio jitter and distortion free.
Discrete Headphone Amplifiers
Most engineers listen to music on headphones when working in the studio, so Slate has implemented discrete amplifiers to ensure that your headphones sound robust and clear. Not only that, Slate also added two separate monitor mixes and the ability to use the VRS8 as a speaker switcher.
Cross Platform Low-Latency Performance
The world of audio interfaces is rarely cross-platform when it comes to performance, meaning that Mac devices (using Thunderbolt) usually far outperform Windows interfaces (using USB). While USB can be effective for two-channel designs, it requires more CPU overhead to manage, resulting in higher CPU usage and longer latency values than Thunderbolt. Thus, the VRS8 offers both Thunderbolt and PCIe connectivity for maximum cross-platform compatibility. The PCIe performance is the same as Thunderbolt, so you can decide for yourself which connection to use. You can also link up to 6 VRS8's via Thunderbolt to achieve 48 inputs and outputs.
Native MIDI I/O
Unlike USB MIDI interfaces (where MIDI information has to fight with your mouse, keyboard, and other USB traffic), MIDI I/O on the VRS8 never touches the USB bus. You can count on accurate MIDI timing.
Included Preamp Models
More preamp models will be released, but at the very least, you get the following:

  • FG-73: The FG-73 preamp module is modeled after a famous, discrete solid-state preamp made in Britain and used on countless recordings from the 70s onwards. It has a bold, present and warm sound that works great on any audio source, even full mixes.
  • FG-76: 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, colorful tone that can help enliven tracks and mixes. The bottom-end saturates in a musical way, making it a great module for bass guitar.

Everything Bundle

Included Software
The Everything Bundle is constantly updating with new products, but at its core are the following:

  • Audified U73b
  • FG-Stress
  • Classic Tubes 1
  • Classic Tubes 2
  • Classic Tubes 3
  • Virtual Tube Collection
  • Virtual Console Collection
  • Virtual Preamp Collection
  • FG-116 FET Blue Series
  • FG-Bomber
  • Custom Series
  • Air & Earth Modules
  • Mix Bundle (FG-N, FG-S, FG-401, FG-116)
  • The Monster
  • Revival
  • Trimmer
  • Virtual Buss Compressors 
  • Virtual Tape Machine
  • FG-X Mastering Processor 
UPC: 888365752617
In the Box
Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software
  • PCIe Card
  • 1-Year Subscription to the Slate Digital Everything Bundle (Software)
  • Perpetual License to Virtual Preamp Collection
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Hardware
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    • 1Description

    Slate Digital VRS8 specs

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    Preamps 8 x VMS-One preamplifiers
    Connections XLR and 1/4" inputs (1/4" inputs switchable between line and instrument)
    Chipset AKM AK5578
    Dynamic Range 124 dB across 8 inputs
    Latency 0.7 ms at 96 kHz with a 32-sample buffer via LLN technology
    Clock XTC clock with four compensated crystal oscillators
    Headphone Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS outputs, phone type
    Digital I/O PCIe, USB, Thunderbolt
    MIDI Connectors 5-pin DIN MIDI input
    5-pin DIN MIDI output
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    System Requirements
    Mac macOS 10.7 or later (32 and 64-bit)
    Mac Quad Core i5 Intel Processor
    4 GB RAM
    Plug-in formats: VST2, VST3, AU, AAX
    Windows Windows 7 or later (32 and 64-bit)
    Quad Core i5
    4 GB RAM
    Plug-in formats: VST2, VST3, AAX

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