Available for download, the Slate Digital FG-Bomber is a dynamics-shaping processor for pro-audio applications, particularly mixing. Unlike a lot of Slate Digital's output, it's not an emulation of any specific hardware piece, but an original digital processor all of its own.
The FG-Bomber is intended to manage dynamic range to give your tracks excitement, instill a sense of depth, and preserve transient impact—all at the same time. Think of it as an exciter, a transient shaper, and a compressor all in one.
The module is relatively simple to operate, as it only sports four parameters. A Drive knob is on hand to control the level of signal sent to the digital processor, which is a combination of several under-the-hood operations, some of them based on real-world designs. Intensity blends dry signal with the affected signal to create either subtle or drastic effects. Tone selects among three preset styles, giving you the option of present, fat, or tight timbres. An Output knob is on hand to dictate the final level of the process.
The module operates within the VMR (Virtual Mix Rack) plug-in. When you want to use it in your DAW, simply instantiate the VMR plug-in, and you'll be able to access the FG-Bomber, as well as any other VMR plug-in for which you currently own or subscribe.
The Slate FG-Bomber is Mac and Windows compatible. It can operate in VST, AU, and AAX formats. An iLok 2 or 3 is required.
Controls at a Glance
- Drive: Drive controls the amount of signal sent to the effect processors. The most impact is felt when Drive is adjusted so that the VU needle peaks at the little bomb icon, while more depth and sustain can be had by pushing it further.
- Intensity: Intensity blends the affected signal with the dry signal. Small amounts of Intensity can create subtle impact, space, and depth, while large amounts can produce extremely punchy and fat-sounding results.
- Tone: Tone selects one of the three preset effect styles: Present, Fat, or Tight. Try each to see which one fits your current needs the best.