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VMR SLATED FOR RELEASE SOON

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12 May 2014

Slate Digital VMR Rack

Slate Digital is never shy to talk up its products. In this case it’s the forthcoming Virtual Mix Rack which, as you can see, is a kind of 500 series plug-in rack and the introductory processors – two classic EQs and a pair of likewise classic compressors – promise to be “indistinguishable from the originals”. Slate has taken over two years to develop and model these effects in the pursuit of perfection and will happily encourage any software-vs-hardware comparisons, confident it has delivered the goods. Like similar products it seems the VMR itself will be a freebie and come with a single processor to whet your appetite (that’s how it will be launched anyway). From there you buy additional modules and Slate says that thanks to its designs and algorithms you’ll be able to run “tons” of processors with no latency and minimal stress for your CPU. Cost is going to be low too with that first bundle discounted by a hundred bucks to US$149 and subsequent releases affordably priced. There’s no info on www.slatedigital.com yet, but it can’t be far away. Final programming and tidying up should see the VMR released soon. Time enough for some virtual touch-up paint on the FG-401 as well?

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