Slate Digital VRS8 Interface with ML-1 Microphone - Virtual Recording Studio with Included Software

Slate Digital VRS8 Interface with ML-1 Microphone - Virtual Recording Studio with Included Software

Slate Digital VRS8 Interface with ML-1 Microphone - Virtual Recording Studio with Included Software

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Slate Digital VRS8 Interface with ML-1 Microphone - Virtual Recording Studio with Included Software

Slate Digital VRS8 Interface with ML-1 Microphone - Virtual Recording Studio with Included Software

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  • 8-Channel Interface with Linear Response
  • 124 dB Dynamic Range
  • Included ML-1 Microphone
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Flat & Linear Response
  • Preamp & Microphone Emulations
  • Latency of 0.7 ms Across Platforms
  • Included 1-Year Everything Bundle
  • Software Compatible with Mac & Windows
  • Operates in VST, AU & AAX Formats
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Slate Digital VRS8 overview

  • 1Description

The Slate Digital VRS—which stands for Virtual Recording Studio—comes in a few different configurations, and this one comprises an eight-channel interface, a condenser microphone, and a bundle of corresponding software. Using all of these elements, the VRS aims to put heretofore cost-prohibitive, holy-grail mic/pre-combinations at your fingertips. Each element in the chain contributes to this goal, starting with the ML-1 microphone, a cardioid condenser microphone with a shock-mounted Mylar capsule sputtered in gold. The goal of this mic is to capture a flat, linear response—a goal shared by the interface's eight preamps, which feed a low-latency converter replete with its own satellite-grade clocking system and AKM AK5578 converter chips. This system, taken as a whole, delivers 124 dB of dynamic range across all eight inputs, doing so at latencies of only 0.7 ms at 96 kHz.

Now, we come to the software. Slate Digital is a company famous for its modelling technologies, and that comes into play with the VRS in a significant way. Using this software, you can elicit the tones of a classic 47 microphone feeding a classic British-style 73 preamp. Conversely, you can access an entirely different timbre, making use of a venerated M7 mod feeding a 76-style preamp.

Indeed, many microphone and preamp models are included in the bundle—but there's also something to whet the beak of mixing engineers—a complimentary one-year subscription to the Slate Everything Bundle. This package of software is a continuously updated suite of emulations, including well-regarded 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 module.

Using the VRS in conjunction with the Everything Bundle, you can run a classic 67 emulation through a preamp, a compressor, a channel strip, 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.

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 the same 'blank canvas' design as the VMS-One preamp, enabling you to use the modeling 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 ms of latency at 96 kHz (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 modelled 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 modelled 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.

ML-1 Microphone

Custom-Designed Mic for Flat Response
The ML-1 microphone is arguably the most important part of the Virtual Microphone System, because everything starts there. With a shock-mounted Mylar capsule sputtered in gold and utilizing custom-made components, the ML-1 was designed in tandem with the VMS-One preamp to provide an exceedingly flat output for the VMS microphone and preamp software modules to act upon.
Included Mic Models
More mic models are released sporadically, but at the very least, you get the following:

  • FG-47: This mic model recreates a venerated vintage tube microphone with a thick, full-bodied low end, rich and present midrange, and a smooth top end. This mic works well on lead vocals, kick drums, drum kits overall, guitars, horns, and strings.
  • FG-M7: A combination of a dynamic microphone made famous by Michael Jackson, the FG-M7 also models the tube stage of a classic 47, resulting in a punchy, crisp sound with a cutting midrange. 
  • FG-800: This is a recreation of a popular modern tube microphone, used often on hip hop and pop vocals. It’s quite airy and bright, though the bottom-end is warm, resulting in a timbre that sounds polished right from the source. In addition to vocals, this model shines on acoustic guitars and drum overheads. 
  • FG-251: This model recreates a well-regarded vintage tube microphone with a crisp, yet warm sound. In addition to vocals, try this model on electric guitars, acoustic guitars, drums, and more. 
  • FG-800M: Slightly darker and fatter than the FG-800, this model captures the feeling of an older model with a Japanese tube stage. Use this when you like the sound of the FG-800, but want to mitigate brightness and sibilance. 
  • FG-67: This model emulates a classic 67 microphone, giving you the dark, bold, and thick sound that mic often delivers. Vocals, pianos, and horns can all benefit from the FG-67, or you can use it as your room mic model for drum kits. 
  • FG-269: This emulation captures a mic with the same circuit as the 67, but with a different tube stage. The result is an open and clear sound in the same German style of the 67 and 47 models. 
  • FG-12: Taking its cues from a classic Austrian microphone, this model delivers both a rich and smooth sound.

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 
In the Box
Slate Digital VRS8 Interface with ML-1 Microphone - Virtual Recording Studio with Included Software
  • ML 1 Microphone
  • VRS8 Interface
  • PCIe Card
  • 1-Year Subscription to the Slate Digital Everything Bundle (Software)
  • Perpetual License to Virtual Preamp Collection
  • Single License for VMC Classic Tubes
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Hardware
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    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 IDI output
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
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    Output 1 x XLR male, 3-pin
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa
    EIN 17 dB (A weighted)
    Signal to Noise Ratio 77 dB (A weighted)
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Recommended Load Impedance 10 kOhms
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Phantom Power Requirements 48 V
    Current Draw <10 mA
    Capsule Size 1.1" / 28.0 mm
    Dimensions (L x Diam) 8.4 x 2.1" / 212.5 x 54.0 mm
    Weight 1.3 lb / 0.6 kg
    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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