Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Audio Interface Bundle with ML-1 Microphone

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Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Audio Interface Bundle with ML-1 Microphone
Key Features
  • Includes VSR8 8-Channel Interface
  • Flat, Linear-Response Preamps
  • 124 dB Dynamic Range
  • Low Latency of 0.7 ms
Bundled together by B&H for your convenience the Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Audio Interface Bundle combines a high-quality eight-channel interface with an ML-1 Modeling Microphone. The USB audio interface offers a flat, linear response across the preamps, all the better to utilize Slate's microphone modeling technology. The interface also boasts a 124 dB dynamic range and a low latency of 0.7 ms.
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Slate Digital VRS8 Overview

Bundled together by B&H for your convenience the Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Audio Interface Bundle combines a high-quality eight-channel interface with an ML-1 Modeling Microphone. The USB audio interface offers a flat, linear response across the preamps, all the better to utilize Slate's microphone modeling technology. The interface also boasts a 124 dB dynamic range and a low latency of 0.7 ms.

The ML-1 is a cardioid condenser microphone, and it models famous large diaphragm condenser mics and dynamic microphones. It offers a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response with minimal distortion and is highly receptive to the included modeling software.

With this interface and this microphone, you can recreate the sound and feel of many prized vintage capsules.

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

Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software

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 96 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 modeling 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 annual 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 vintage and modern buttons from the 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. On Mac computers, the interface connects via Thunderbolt. A PCIe card is provided for use with Windows machines and other compatible computing systems. 

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 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 hardwired 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: 850009217127

Slate Digital ML-1 VMS Large-Diaphragm Modeling Microphone (Glossy Black)

Styled in a glossy black finish, the Slate Digital ML-1 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that is meant to be used with the VMS (Virtual Microphone System) or the VRS (Virtual Recording Studio). The microphone captures a linear frequency response between 20 Hz to 20 kHz, doing so with minimal distortion. In this way, it can serve as the unpainted canvas on which you'd apply the digital color of Slate's microphone emulations. Indeed, paired with the VRS or VMS, the microphone aims to put heretofore cost-prohibitive, holy-grail mic/pre combinations at your fingertips.

Included with the ML-1 is a bundle of emulations of prized microphones often used on vocals. Models of the U47, U67, SM7, 251, and other famous microphones are included with your purchase. For preamps, Slate offers software versions of the classic British 73 preamp, and the German 76. 

Here, the microphone is offered a la carte. It is recommended you pair the ML-1 with Slate's complementary preamps or interfaces, so that the emulations work to the best of their ability. If you prefer, you can use the mic with your existing preamp or interface, but the results may not be the same.

Everything Bundle

Low-Latency Operation

None of the processing included with this microphone should add latency to the audio signal, so if you use a low-latency interface with the microphone, you can track through the VMS software without any audible monitoring delay. This low-latency operation can be achieved through Thunderbolt or high-speed USB, recording at 96 kHz with the lowest possible buffer size.

Mac and Windows Compatible

The software works with Mac and Windows systems. For Mac, it's recommended you're running OS X 10.9 or later. For Windows, you'll need Windows 7 and above. A second- or third-generation iLok is required. VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX formats are all supported.

Overview of Mic Models Included

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 and the tube stage of a classic 47, this model offers 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.

Preamps Offered

  • FG-73: The FG-73 preamp module is modeled after one of the most famous discrete solid-state preamps in the industry, made in Britain and used on countless recordings. It has a bold, present, and warm sound that works great on any audio source, including 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 and colorful tone that can make tracks and mixes sound more lively. The bottom end saturates in a musical way, making it a great module for bass guitar and kick drum tracks.
UPC: 850009217004

Slate Digital VRS8 8-Channel Interface with Included Software Specs

Connectivity
Host Connection2 x Thunderbolt (MDP)
1 x HDMI (PCIe)
Analog I/O2 x 1/4" Line/Hi-Z Input
8 x Combo XLR / 1/4" Mic/Line Input
8 x 1/4" Line Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
MIDI I/O1 x 5-Pin MIDI In
1 x 5-Pin MIDI Out
Performance
Dynamic Range124 dB 
Digital Audio
Latency0.7 ms at 96 kHz (Dependent on Buffer Size)
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.7 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
Processor RequirementIntel Core i5 
RAM Requirements4 GB
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.665 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.2 x 14.7 x 6"

Slate Digital ML-1 VMS Large-Diaphragm Modeling Microphone (Glossy Black) Specs

Microphone
Form FactorStand/Boom-Mount
Sound FieldMono
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm1.10" / 28 mm (Condenser)
Polar PatternCardioid
CircuitrySolid-State
High-Pass FilterNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
ImpedanceCardioid: 200 Ohms
Load Impedance10 Kilohms
SensitivityCardioid: 20 mV/Pa
Signal-to-Noise RatioCardioid: 77 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise LevelCardioid: 17 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors1 x XLR 3-Pin
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Digital Audio
Digital Signal ProcessingCompressor, EQ, Gain, Sound Presets (via Software)
Power
Operating Voltage48 V
Physical
ColorBlack
Dimensionsø: 2.13 x L: 8.47" / ø: 54 x L: 215.2 mm
Weight1.28 lb / 582 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.785 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.3 x 11.6 x 6.4"
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