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For those who are a little serious on music making, this list will help you choose the right mix.
JBL LSR305 active studio monitors are a great solution for any serious audio engineer or music producer. They're great for mixing music in your DAW software, editing video, or any other task that requires precise, accurate, detailed sound. JBL designed the LSR305 with advanced features from their flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, and has even earned the acclaim of renowned engineer Frank Filipetti. An innovative Image Control Waveguide creates a well-defined and incredibly dimensional stereo image. Features:* Bi-amped active studio monitors with 5" LF driver and 1" HF driver* Exceptionally wide frequency range for more accurate mixes* Image Control Waveguide creates a detailed and dimensional stereo image - get maximum neutral and accurate experience at the listening position* HF and LF trim controls let you fine-tune the speakers to your room's acoustics* XLR and TRS balanced inputs give you low-noise performance with your studio gear* Class B amplifier - more efficient than other monitors
Samson's MS200 Studio Monitor Stands raise your studio performance to a new level. Sold as a pair, these professional-grade monitor stands feature a steel-constructed design with a sleek black finish. The MS200 stands feature heavy-duty triangular metal bases (6" x 6.5") with carpet spikes for increased traction and non-slip corner pads to reduce vibrations. Adjustable up to 4.8' in height with a locking pin for increased support, each stand can handle enclosures weighing up to 75 pounds (34 kgs).* Professional-grade islotated studio moitor stands* Telescoping column for height adjustment* Solid metal speaker platform* Heavy base with carpet spikes* 18 kg maximum speaker load* Ideal for Auro 8, Resolv 65, Resolv 65a, Resolv 80a and Rubicon 6a Monitors
The readers of the SOUND ON SOUND magazine have voted: U 87 Ai - the BEST MICROPHONE, announced during the Winter NAMM show 2012 in Anaheim, California. The SOS award went to products, that "have made our lives in the studio all the more enjoyable". It is a further evidence for the reputation of the U 87 Ai as the world famous, professional standard studio condenser microphone. Until today the U 87 sets the mark in the microphone industry by which all others are measured. The U 87 presents a wide range of features and versatility that make it to one of the most desirable mics available. Our users are recognising the microphone immediately by its distinctive design. Well-known for its warm and well balanced characteristics - your perfect choice as vocal microphone for all types of music and speech. The usage as main microphone for orchestra recordings or as spot mic for single instruments make it the most general-purpose microphone - in studios, for broadcasting, film and television. The U 87* is equipped with a large dual-diaphragm capsule with three directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. These are selectable with a switch below the headgrille. A 10 dB attenuation switch is located on the rear. It enables the microphone to handle sound pressure levels up to 127 dB without distortion. Furthermore, the low frequency response can be reduced to compensate for proximity effect.ApplicationsThe U 87 Ai condenser microphone is a large diaphragm microphone with three polar patterns and a unique frequency and transient response characteristic. Users recognize the microphone immediately by its distinctive design. It is a good choice for most general purpose applications in studios, for broadcasting, film and television. The U 87 Ai is used as a main microphone for orchestra recordings, as a spot mic for single instruments, and extensively as a vocal microphone for all types of music and speech.Acoustic featuresThe U 87 Ai is addressed from the front, marked with the Neumann logo. The frequency response of the cardioid and figure-8 directional characteristics are very flat for frontal sound incidence, even in the upper frequency range. The microphone can be used very close to a sound source without the sound becoming unnaturally harsh. By means of a high-pass filter interferences through subsonic and low frequencies are reduced remarkably.Polar patternsThe dual-diaphragm capsule is elastically mounted and protected by a large headgrille. A switch below the headgrille selects the three directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. A window above this switch shows the symbol of the selected characteristic.
Few recording engineers ever get to own all of the microphones or preamps they'd like to have, but with the Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System, getting your hands on the sounds you want has never been as easy or as affordable. The system includes two extremely transparent microphones and a sonically neutral preamp and converter. Coupled with Slate's amazing new VMS modeling software, this gear puts a world-class mic locker in your recording rig.Limited quantities shipping from DECEMBER 2015.Breakthrough hybrid modeling puts a world of mics and preamps in your studio!Setting up for a vocal overdub session? How would you like access to a coveted German large-diaphragm condenser mic from the early 1960s? No problem. Why not pair that with the channel strip from a classic '70s British console? Done. Using advanced physical modeling and state-of-the-art digital signal processing techniques, this hybrid microphone and preamp modeling system gives you access to virtually any signal path tone you can imagine.The system includes an extremely transparent and totally flat ML-1 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. The sonically neutral VMS ONE Linear Preamp ensures minimal coloration, giving you a clean slate for preamp modeling. The VMS plug-in software lets you completely change the tonal characteristics of your recording, even after the fact. Choose from a massive collection of classic vintage mic and preamp models, as well as unique models for advanced recording techniques. You can re-create countless iconic recording chains most engineers can only dream of getting their hands on!Features:• A hybrid microphone and preamp modeling system that gives you access to virtually any signal path tone you can imagine• System includes two extremely transparent and totally flat microphones, the large-diaphragm ML1 and the small-diaphragm ML2• Totally neutral VMS Dual Preamp Converter ensures minimal coloration, giving you a clean slate for preamp modeling• VMS plug-in software lets you completely change the tonal characteristics of your recording, even after the fact• Choose from a massive collection of classic vintage mic and preamp models as well as unique models for advanced recording techniques
Imagine having 25 of the world's best sounding drumkits at your disposal. From punchy tight rock kits, to fat and sizzly vintage kits, and just about everything in between, Steven Slate Drums 4.0 EX takes some of the most essential kits straight from the Platinum collection, and offers them to you at an extremely low price.At the heart of Steven Slate Drums 4.0 is the SSD Player, a state of the art Mac/PC (VST, RTAS, AU) Drum Sampler built from the ground up by the award winning development team behind our TRIGGER drum replacement processor. The SSD Player is extremely easy and intuitive to use. Loading kits, customizing kits, mixing kits, loading and auditioning MIDI grooves, customizing MIDI maps, and routing discretely to your workstation are all a breeze with the SSD Player. It even lets you load your own drum samples to mix in with the Slate drumkits.New in 4.0 are the DELUXE series kits, which were recorded with extreme precision, resulting in a remarkably natural playability. In SSD4 EX, you'll find Rock, Metal, Vintage, Indie, and Funk Deluxe drumkits.SSD4 EX also brings back the classic Slate "Mix Ready" kits, but all reprogrammed for better sound, response, and realism. Included in these classic kits is the famous "Old Zep" kit, a drumkit recorded in a stone castle that models the classic Led Zeppelin sound.SSD4 brings a brand new cymbal pack from Soultone Cymbals. These custom Turkish cymbals are some of the best sounding in the world! From the dark VINTAGE series to the bright and shimmery EXTREME series, these cymbals give the drumkits the ultimate brass accompaniment!SSD4 EX also has one new Dance genre kit designed by producer Griffin Boice. This kit was processed with boutique analog gear to provide the fat radio ready sound you'll want for your dance mixes!• 25 preset drumkits• New SSD Player: Mac - AAX/RTAS/VST/AU PC - AAX/RTAS/VST• New Deluxe Series Kits• Includes SSD "Mix Ready" Classic Kits and Old Zep kit• New Soultone Cymbals• 1 Dance Kit
From punchy tight rock kits, to fat and sizzly vintage kits, and just about everything in between, Steven Slate Drums 4.0 Platinum is the most complete drum instrument on the planet.At the heart of Steven Slate Drums 4.0 is the SSD Player, a state of the art Mac/PC (VST, RTAS, AU) Drum Sampler built from the ground up by the award winning development team behind our TRIGGER drum replacement processor. The SSD Player is extremely easy and intuitive to use. Loading kits, customizing kits, mixing kits, loading and auditioning MIDI grooves, customizing MIDI maps, and routing discretely to your workstation are all a breeze with the SSD Player. It even lets you load your own drum samples to mix in with the Slate drumkits.100 Kits means that we've got your drum sounds covered. New in 4.0 are dozens of new DELUXE series kits that were recorded with extreme precision, resulting in a remarkably natural playability. In SSD4 Platinum, you'll find Rock, Metal, Vintage, Indie, Funk, and even Jazz/Brushes Deluxe Kits.SSD4 Platinum also brings back the classic Slate "Mix Ready" kits, but all reprogrammed for better sound, response, and realism. Included in these classic kits are the famous "Signature Kits", which are drumkits modeled after famous sounding artists and albums. Signature Kits include: Steely Dan, Metallica, Dream Theater, Led Zeppelin, Greenday, Nirvana, Pantera, Deftones, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Motley Crue.SSD4 brings a brand new cymbal pack from Soultone Cymbals. These custom Turkish cymbals are some of the best sounding in the world! From the dark VINTAGE series to the bright and shimmery EXTREME series, these cymbals give the drumkits the ultimate brass accompaniment!New in SSD4 are five kits in the Urban/Dance/House/Electro genre designed by producer Griffin Boice. These kits are processed with boutique analog gear to provide the fat radio ready sound you'll want for you pop, urban, and dance mixes!• 100 preset drumkits in all Genres• New SSD Player: Mac - AAX/RTAS/VST/AU PC - AAX/RTAS/VST• Dozens of Deluxe Series Kits• Entire SSD "Mix Ready" Classic and Signature Kits• New Soultone Cymbals• Jazz/Brushes Kit• 5 Dance/Urban/House Kits
TRIGGER has a phase accurate multi layered triggering engine. This means that in one instance of the plugin, you can seamlessly trigger multiple samples simultaneously such as a close mic sample, stereo overhead sample, and a stereo room mic samples. Or, mix many direct mic samples to develop your own custom unique sounds.This multi channel triggering functionality allows the user to recreate the sound of natural drums with real multitracked samples. Each sample layer has parameters for customization such as velocity and dynamic control, attack, sustain, release and independent levels. Other features include 2 detection modes, MIDI in/out, automation of detecting parameters, up to 127 different articulations per instrument, up to 127 velocity layers per instrument and up to 127 alternation hits per velocity layer, and a unique "Leakage Suppression" function.TRIGGER is the ultimate way to take your drum sounds to the next level without fuss or hassle. With its phase accurate engine, extreme detail, natural response, multiple drum layers, and professional STEVEN SLATE DRUMS sample library, you'll never have to worry about drums again.TRIGGER Platinum instrument library contains more than 2.3 GB of high-quality 24 bit samples compressed using TRIGGER lossless sample compression (6 GB uncompressed). TRIGGER Platinum instrument library includes: 46 snares (including 2 high-detailed Deluxe snares with adjustable overheads and 12 alternation hits per each velocity), 33 kick drums (including 2 Deluxe kick drums), 8 sets of toms.* Extremely accurate drum replacement* Leakage suppression* Transient driven Gate* Eight stereo layers of samples* Converts audio to Midi* Comes with Steven Slate Classic Platinum samples* Mac: AU 32/64, VST 32/64, AAX 32/64, RTAS* PC: VST 32/64, AAX 32/64, RTAS
The Concept:Despite the digital revolution in the audio industry, many of today's top commercial albums are still mixed on analog consoles. Audio engineers rely on analog mixing to provide the nonlinear musical qualities that digital mixing does not produce. "When you mix through an analog desk you get this life and body to the sound that just doesn't happen when you mix inside the workstation. The separation and imaging from the analog summing is very apparent, especially when your track count gets high" remarks mixer Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Evanescence).Over the past ten years, multiple audio manufacturers have produced simplified analog summing boxes that allow DAW users to get the benefits of analog mixing without having to use a full fledged analog desk. In 2001, Steven Slate made his mark in the analog summing world by commissioning Roll Music Systems to design and manufacture a custom analog summing box that was later named the FOLCROM. The FOLCROM continues to be one of the most popular analog summing boxes on the market, used by mixer Mike Shipley and other top names. Now in 2011, Slate once again stirs up the analog summing world, this time in the digital domain.The Slate Digital VIRTUAL CONSOLE COLLECTION brings the sound of 6 of the world's top analog consoles into your DAW workstation. "Slate Digital CTO Fabrice Gabriel and I studied these consoles inside and out. We meticulously modeled the entire circuit path so that we could recreate every subtle nuance that makes these consoles the legends that they are," says Slate.The VIRTUAL CONSOLE COLLECTION consists of two plugins, Virtual Channel and Virtual Mixbuss. Each plugin allows the user to choose from one of five modeled consoles. Virtual Channel is applied on individual mixing channels. Virtual Mixbuss goes on the first insert of the master fader. When using the Virtual Console Collection, your DAW instantly takes on the personality of a real analog mixing desk. The imaging and depth improves, instruments sit better in the frequency spectrum, and mixing becomes easier and more musical. You can even push the DAW faders up to find each mixer's "sweet spot."Features:* 6 Authentic Emulations of Classic Analog Mixing Consoles* Group Multiple Instances via Front Panel* Adds Depth, Width, Vibe and Tone to Digital Mixes* Add Extra Harmonics and Saturation with the Added Drive Parameter* No Latency, Low CPU* Intel Mac 32bit: RTAS* Intel Mac 64bit: AAX, VST2, VST3 and AU* Windows 32bit: RTAS* Windows 32bit and 64bit: AAX, VST2 and VST3
Imagine mastering your mixes without causing the lifeless, squashed, and over compressed sound that has become so common in modern music. We have all been at the mercy of the "loudness wars" for over ten years now. Masters have become louder and louder, at the expense of the music becoming harsh and lacking punch and dynamics. One of the main causes of this epidemic is the use of the Peak Limiter to achieve increased levels in the mastering stage. Peak limiters attenuate transients and often reduce punch, stereo imaging, can greatly alter mix balances, and cause a fatiguing result to the ears.FG-X Dynamics Rack:Two years ago Steven Slate and expert algorithm engineer Fabrice Gabriel started working out the concept for a digital audio process that could increase the level of a mix without altering the punch and dynamic feel, or make the mix sound squashed and lifeless. They started by researching saturation curves and their effect on various types of transient material. After several months of study and hundreds of listening tests, they made some fascinating discoveries. What they found, was that in order to transparently add level to a mix, a dynamic and intelligent transient saturation system would have to be developed.New ADVANCED ALGORITHMS were created to execute the extremely complex communication system that would be needed to properly perform the new dynamic operations. A new algorithm was formed, and the process was named "Intelligent Transient Preservation", or ITP.* Worldclass mastering compressor with transparent and articulate sound* Revolutionary ITP process to make your mixes louder without degradation* Controls for low and high punch* Ultra precise mastering quality metering* Mac: VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 32bit & 64bit* PC: VST, RTAS, AAX 32bit & 64bit
The Slate Digital VIRTUAL PREAMP COLLECTION brings the authentic tone of two of the audio industry’s most classic microphone preamplifiers to your digital audio workstation. Each preamp uses state of the art analog modeling technology to recreate every aspect of the preamp circuit from mild coloration to full on saturation and distortion. The VIRTUAL PREAMP COLLECTION or “VPC” was originally designed to be used with the Virtual Microphone System’s VMS ONE Ultra Linear Microphone Preamp, but it can be used with any clean sounding preamp to add extra vibe. VPC can also add real analog preamp tone to any track or mix, and even create rich sounding distortion effects.• Two Analog Modeled Vintage Preamps• Adds real preamp vibe to tracks and mixes• Virtual Drive for saturation and tone control• Works in the Virtual Mix Rack FG-73:The FG-73 preamp module is modeled after one of the most famous British discrete solid state preamps in the audio industry that has been used on countless recordings. It has a bold, present, and warm sound that sounds great on any audio source and even full mixes. FG-76:This FG76 preamp module is modeled after a classic vintage tube preamp that has been used on many classic recordings. It has a thick, warm, and colorful tone that can make tracks and mixes sound more ‘alive’. The bottom end saturates in a very unique and musical way, making it a great module for bass guitar and kick drum tracks Virtual Drive:Both modules feature a “virtual drive” knob. This knob simulates the action of increasing the amplifier input gain while automatically decreasing an internal output trim, so it can set the gain staging of the preamp easily. For most color and tone effects, the left part of the knob should be used. For more saturation and full on distortion, the virtual drive can be pushed to the right side or even fully cranked. Conclusion:Using the Virtual Preamp Collection along with the other Slate Digital analog modeled tools can ensure that your mixes come to life with real analog vibe, color, and tone.