Audio Engineering

Slate VMS Review

Comments (21)
  1. L Scott Knight says:

    I wonder if it would be a useful thing to change the mics on each layer and maybe get an even richer sound? What a pain that would be in real life as apposed to a few clicks with the VMS.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @l_scott_knight:disqus What a fantastic idea! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  2. GR Prod. says:

    Looks awesome so far! Thanks for the marvellous insight, Warren!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @grprod:disqus thanks very much!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  3. Duane Brocious says:

    I use wool socks turned inside-out to protect my mics. doubled back when on the stand.
    If I leave it on my NT1 it sounds just like a U47.
    Just sayin’

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @duanebrocious:disqus Haha Yowsa! Goodness knows what 47’s you must have heard before! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  4. James Williams says:

    I’m loving the way this mic sounds.
    Definitely going to grab one soon !!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @disqus_FUOCpepdQd:disqus Fantastic! Yes I am very impressed! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  5. Michael Levine says:

    Hey Warren, I love your videos – thanks for everything! I noticed you had the preamp simulation BEFORE the mic sim in VMR. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @disqus_6KieoPtw8F:disqus yes indeed! Pablo my assistant set it up like that, I believe he assumed that as there was already a mic pre then it must follow that the emulation should come next! C’est la vie! Luckily it doesn’t effect the print at all, just the playback! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  6. musicmann1967 says:

    The VMS sounds good. It has a more forward midrange than the real 47, but it does sound nice anyway.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @musicmann1967:disqus I agree! Ultimately it’s 1k for a huge amount of emulations! Very impressive! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  7. mbekie says:

    Thanks for this nice review Warren. I was keeping an eye on this system for quite a while and now i have decided to buy one (when available in NL because it’s always out of stock). For me it’s not all about emulate exactly e.g. the 47 or C12, but having the quality sound of a very good mic (i think if you tweak long enough it will be very close sounding to the original). At the same time it’s the ease of use on different instruments making it very, very versatile. It will be a joy to experiment with different mic’s and settings on the same vocal track. That alone is worth the fair price in my opinion.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-96b9bff013acedfb1d140579e2fbeb63:disqus great stuff! Let us know how you get on with it! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  8. aka says:

    Thanks Wazza. The most affordable way to own a bunch of quality LDC mics, you’d get 10 x Slate VMS for 1 x Valve 47 or 2 x FET 47,
    and you get a quality pre amp to boot. But there are contenders on the block, the first one which you probably know of,
    http://townsendlabs.com/products/sphere-l22/
    you should hit them up for a review, compare modeled mics.
    But for those who have to have the original $10K – 15K for a 47, (Bashed up 50 year old mics that still sound [better than most] great)
    or get Gunther Wagner to build you one, it will cost about the same. Can recording budgets support this level of investment, or is it an investment like Artworks, if so why are they not in a gallery?
    Seriously, it’s only for the chaps with a Rothchild budget, for us daily folk VMS, with a great array of choice.
    Warren you’re going to have to use Melodyne for more than MIDI notes mate! Cheers.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-43ec517d68b6edd3015b3edc9a11367b:disqus great comment!! I find myself every day saying that I would never do this again, buying all of this gear! Now I would have a lap top a VMS, great plug ins, a nice Mic Pre, condenser, ribbon and dynamic mic! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  9. Bertrand Grichting says:

    Hi Warren, thanks for the great review. Personally, i liked the real 47 on your vocal better, it opened up the sound more, the VMS sounded a bit forced and got worse with eq. Your 47 really has a very smooth and nice sounding top end, but as you said for 1k the VMS is just the reasonable way to go. So much great emulations in one package is awesome. BTW interesting question about the order of the preamps and mic simulation, does it make a difference if the mic comes before the preamp emulation? Have to ask Steve the question on his Fb-group, or maybe you can find it out for us?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @bertrandgrichting:disqus I agree my U47 is special, however all 47’s are not created equal! They are all so very different, I’ve never found two the same! The Mic Pre simulation should have come AFTER the mic! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  10. Chuck Sadosky says:

    Thanks Warren for another great review. This one looks like fun. My ears listening on an Altec, (tweeter, mid, and sub) PC setup, thinking the VMS did a really good job, and in much of what I heard as a non-expert, I think the VMS cut through the mix with a bit more presence. Oh yeah, great vocals..

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thank you @chucksadosky:disqus!! You Rock! Thanks for the great comment! I was very impressed with the VMS! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

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