Available for download, the Slate Digital FG-116 Blue emulates two famed, vintage FET compressors. Both modules model 1176-style leveling amplifiers, specifically the Blue series of these of these renowned dynamic processors. Both are suitable for bass guitar, percussion, vocals, guitars, and more.
You'll find the usual 76 controls: input and output knobs, as well as attack and release parameters. For each compressor, you can select among four ratios: 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1. There is no threshold parameter. Note that the popular all-buttons-in sound is not available in these emulations. For that sound, Slate fashioned a different, dedicated emulation.
These compressors boast distinguishing features not found in comparable plug-ins or even in the original hardware. A mix knob is on hand to dial-in dry, uncompressed signal into the mix. This simplifies the process of parallel compression, as you no longer need to route a snare to a dedicated auxiliary channel to achieve parallel processing. You'll also note the high-pass sidechain detector, quite handy if you don't want the low-end of a signal to trigger the compression.
Each compressor has two individual circuits that model entirely different circuit paths. Essentially, the FG-116 is really four compressors in two distinct modules: the FG-116 Blue Modern and the FG-116 Blue Vintage. Both modules operate within the VMR (Virtual Mix Rack) plug-in. When you want to use these compressors within your DAW, simply instantiate the VMR plug-in, and you'll be able to access them within the GUI.
The Slate FG-116 Blue Series is Mac and Windows compatible. Each compressor can operate in VST, AU, and AAX formats. An iLok 2 or 3 is required to run the compressors.