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Virtual Mix Rack Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    The Virtual Mix Rack

    3:49

    Discover the idea behind the VMR layout, and how to filter, add, move, copy, and remove modules.

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    Tutorial 2

    Slot Controls

    4:15

    Learn how individual slots are bypassed and solo'd, how automation is tied to slots rather than modules, explore some GUI behavior options, and discover some useful hot spots in the About menu.

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    Tutorial 3

    Managing Presets

    5:31

    Learn how to save, save as, rename, delete, import, and export rack and module banks and presets, how to use the A and B snapshots to toggle between two different rack setups, and how to establish a default rack setup that is called up automatically when the Virtual Mix rack plug-in is instantiated.

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    Tutorial 4

    FG-N

    7:58

    Hear how this Neve EQ emulation is used for broad tonal coloring on a variety of instruments.

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    Tutorial 5

    FG-S

    6:35

    Hear how this SSL EQ emulation works on rhythm guitar and drum tracks, and explore how the Q control on the mid bands and the bell button on the two shelving bands effects the shape of the filtering.

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    Tutorial 6

    FG-116

    7:11

    Explore this emulation of a classic 1176 compressor and hear how it's internal unity gain feature, mix knob, and unique attack and release time constants are used. Also see how to bypass the compressor section while still running the signal through the gain staging and transformer components for saturation.

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    Tutorial 7

    FG-401

    5:02

    Discover the versatility of this composite VCA compressor emulation as it is heard on a variety of instruments.

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    Tutorial 8

    Revival & Conclusion

    4:44

    Learn about the free Revival module, and listen to playback of a short mix before and after Slate Virtual Mix Rack plug-ins are used.

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    Tutorial 9

    Virtual Preamp Collection

    8:20

    Learn to use these plug-ins to add subtle vibe and color or thick overdriven saturation.

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    Tutorial 10

    Custom Series Equalizer

    10:50

    Hear this plug-in work in a variety of contexts before and after the virtual preamps.

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    Tutorial 11

    Parallel Lift Processor

    6:48

    Discover the range of color and energy these two analog modeled parallel filter bands add to both a full mix and individual subgroups.

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    Tutorial 12

    FG Bomber

    8:36

    Explore this unique analog modeled dynamics processor on various instruments and the mix bus.

Let Eli Krantzberg wake you up and introduce you to the virtual channel strip plug-in suite you've always dreamed of, from Slate Digital. Eli covers all the features and functions, as well as in-action examples of each module.

Eli begins with an introduction to the suite and covers its Layout, and How to Filter, Add, Move, Copy, and Remove Modules. Next, it's on to the Slot Controls, followed by Managing Presets. You'l see How to Delete, Import, and Export Rack and Module Banks & Presets, How to Use the A & B Snapshots to Toggle Between Different Rack Setups, and How to Create a Default Rack that's called up automatically when Loading the VMR.

The individual Modules are now revealed and explained, covering all the features and functions of the FG-N, FG-S, FG-116, and FG-401, including sonic examples as he goes! Wrapping up the series, Eli covers the Revival Module and plays back a mix with the VMR engaged and disengaged so you can hear it work its magic.

Slate has added six new components to their successful Virtual Mix Rack and Eli Krantzberg has updated his tutorial series to cover them all.

If you're ready to meet the channel strip of your dreams, wake up... Watch "Virtual Mix Rack Explained" today!

JohnBusbyMusic
Submitted 1 week ago

If Slate's tutorials aren't enough, this will tie the knot!

I've looked at all of Slate's walk through videos and i can say that Eli offers some more very valuable hands on applications for these awesome tools.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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JimGramze
Submitted 6 months ago

Learned a Lot

I have an overall criticism that is not exclusive to this video or to Eli. When doing A/B comparisons, do not speak between them because that destroys the mental image of "A" before "B" is heard. I remember hating listening to music on the radio because I wanted to listen to the music loudly but both the DJ and the commercials were remarkably louder than the music so listening to loud music entailed an excruciating punishment to the listener when the DJ spoke or a commercial came on after the music. The presenter's volume should, if anything, be quieter than the audio examples so I don't have to ride a volume knob in order to clearly hear what is going on. It is important to note that many of the modules are not automatically included in the Virtual Mix Rack, but must be purchased separately. I do understand that it is an ongoing process keeping up with an item such as this where new modules are added as time goes by. This is absolute need to know information. As usual, Eli is clear, concise, and gets to the meat of the matter. I love that about him. He is the greatest single asset here. The biggest simple thing I learned here is that you can set a default state for the VMR so that a favorite regularly used setup automatically appears when first inserted. That by itself was something I missed on my own and is of great value to me.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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PatrickW
Submitted 8 months ago

Great course !

I like Eli's style while presenting the possibilities of these plugins and the examples he used.

I am a: Musician

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Rocking Ringo
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent overview

Great plug-ins from Slate and as usual, the tutorials are excellent. Is there a problem with the audio on the last video - the FG-Bomber? Seems to drop out at around 3:19? Great overview once again, Eli, many thanks!

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Virtual Mix Rack Explained is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from If Slate's tutorials aren't enough, this will tie the knot! I've looked at all of Slate's walk through videos and i can say that Eli offers some more very valuable hands on applications for these awesome tools.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Learned a Lot I have an overall criticism that is not exclusive to this video or to Eli. When doing A/B comparisons, do not speak between them because that destroys the mental image of "A" before "B" is heard. I remember hating listening to music on the radio because I wanted to listen to the music loudly but both the DJ and the commercials were remarkably louder than the music so listening to loud music entailed an excruciating punishment to the listener when the DJ spoke or a commercial came on after the music. The presenter's volume should, if anything, be quieter than the audio examples so I don't have to ride a volume knob in order to clearly hear what is going on. It is important to note that many of the modules are not automatically included in the Virtual Mix Rack, but must be purchased separately. I do understand that it is an ongoing process keeping up with an item such as this where new modules are added as time goes by. This is absolute need to know information. As usual, Eli is clear, concise, and gets to the meat of the matter. I love that about him. He is the greatest single asset here. The biggest simple thing I learned here is that you can set a default state for the VMR so that a favorite regularly used setup automatically appears when first inserted. That by itself was something I missed on my own and is of great value to me.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course ! I like Eli's style while presenting the possibilities of these plugins and the examples he used.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview Great plug-ins from Slate and as usual, the tutorials are excellent. Is there a problem with the audio on the last video - the FG-Bomber? Seems to drop out at around 3:19? Great overview once again, Eli, many thanks!
Date published: 2016-03-27