Slate Digital VRS8 Audio Interface + ML-1 + 5 ML-2 Microphone Recording Bundle
Slate VRS8 8-Channel Thunderbolt Audio Interface
- Slate ML-1 Microphone (Matte Black)
- Slate ML-2 Microphone (5-PACK)
Steven Slate and his team spent three years developing the new Slate Digital VRS-8, the final piece in a suite of software and hardware tools that puts a Virtual Recording Studio in a single rack space, and it shows.
The Slate Digital VRS-8 is packed with boutique components and boasts specs that reflects Slate’s “no compromise” design. This 8-channel audio interface combines the company’s familiar Ultra Linear microphone preamps with custom converter and CPU chips to deliver an industry-leading 124 dB of dynamic range across all eight inputs and an astonishingly low latency, whether using Thunderbolt (Mac) or PCIe (Mac/PC) connectivity.
These are the same transparent VMS-One preamps from Slate’s award-winning Virtual Microphone System, which means you can run any of the company’s microphone and preamp modeling software in real time. Slate’s new LLN (Low Latency Native) technology uses a hardwired custom chipset to enable a round-trip latency at 96 kHz of just 0.7 milliseconds, the same as Pro Tools | HDX and the lowest of any native solution. This enables you to monitor through Slate’s mic and preamp emulations while tracking or to change your mind and choose different models during your mix process. Unlike other interfaces, you control your preamp gains on the front of the Slate Digital VRS-8, not through a software menu.
Additionally, there are two separate monitor mixes with discrete custom headphone amplifier circuitry, speaker switching capabilities, native — not USB — MIDI IO and satellite-grade clocking technology and this virtual recording studio in a 1RU box gives you the same experience as you would have with a rack full of pro audio tools.
Slate Digital has removed the CPU overhead and latency issues of USB connectivity, integrating PCIe and Thunderbolt options, which offer identical performance. You can link up to six Slate Digital VRS-8VRS-8s over Thunderbolt to achieve 48 inputs and outputs.
As Slate Digital says, it’s the studio of your dreams at a price you can afford.
- Eight Ultra Linear VMS-One mic preamps, enabling you to use Slate’s microphone and preamp emulations on every input and controlled directly from the front panel for easy control when tracking
- LLN™ (Low Latency Native) custom hard-wired converter chipset, which reduces managed components in the audio path and allows an incredible 0.7 milliseconds of latency at 96k (with a 32-sample buffer), allowing you to monitor through mic and preamp emulations while tracking
- Mastering-quality conversion technology incorporates the newest AKM converters, offering a whopping industry-best 124 dB of dynamic range on all inputs
- XTC satellite-grade clocking technology, utilizing four temperature-compensated crystal oscillators for ultra-stable audio performance
- Built-in monitor switching and discrete headphone amplifiers
- Native MIDI IO, for accurate MIDI timing that doesn’t utilize the USB bus
- The VRS-8 comes with a free one-year subscription to the Everything Bundle — every plug-in the company makes
If you’re looking to build an impressive mic locker, the Slate Digital ML-2 small diaphragm microphone is an ideal place to start. This microphone brings the tone and characteristics of an entire mic collection to your studio, thanks to a plug-in suite that emulates 18 separate studio classics, including dynamics (57, 421), cardioids (121), small diaphragms (451, 222) and even large diaphragms (414, 67).
The second model released by Slate Digital in its award-winning Virtual Microphone System line, the sonically transparent ML-2 features an ultra linear performance and wide frequency response just like its big brother, the large diaphragm ML-1. The neutral response of the microphone provides the perfect platform for Slate’s modeling software, which faithfully recreates the response, coloration, saturation and phase characteristics of each mic in the plug-in suite.
During the ML-2’s design process, Slate discovered that even expensive small diaphragm mics saturate when capturing loud, transient-rich drum sounds, especially up close. The ML-2 features a Dynamic switch that pads the output and repolarizes the capsule so that it can be used to close-mic high-SPL sources such as drums, guitar cabinets and brass instruments without overloading or saturating. What’s more, the ML-2 is so compact that you can position it where other mics won’t fit, while the Dynamic switch enables you to change the response characteristics without physically changing the mic.
The ML-2 achieves its full potential when paired with Slate Digital’s new VRS-8 Virtual Recording Studio, which offers the lowest latency of any native audio interface and features eight VMS-One Ultra Linear microphone preamps. But combining Slate’s ML-2 with another Thunderbolt or fast USB audio interface while recording at 96 kHz and with the lowest possible buffer size will also bring out the best in this mic, and allow you to track through the software while monitoring in real time with no latency.
The Slate Digital ML-1 microphone is arguably the most important part of the Virtual Microphone System, because everything starts here. With a shock-mounted Mylar capsule sputtered in gold and custom-made components, the ML-1 is NOT just any ordinary microphone. It 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.
THE VIRTUAL MICROPHONE SYSTEM
The “VMS” is a hybrid system that utilizes the extremely transparent ML-1 condenser microphone, a sonically-neutral preamp, and state-of-the-art digital processing suite that recreates the tone of classic microphones and preamps. The Virtual Microphone System collapses the wall standing between audio engineers and expensive world-class audio tools, allowing them access to the virtual microphone locker of their dreams
Minimum System Requirements:
- Quad Core i5 Processor
- 4GB of RAM
- Mac OS X 10.7 or Later
- Windows 7 & Above
- iLok2 Required
Recommended System Requirements:
- Quad Core i7 Processor
- 8GB of RAM
- Mac OS X 10.9 or Later
- Windows 7 & Above
- iLok2 Required
Supported Plug-in Formats:
- Intel Mac 32- & 64-bit: VST2, VST3, AU, AAX
- Windows 32- & 64-bit: VST2, VST3, AAX