Plug-In Collections Tutorial

Mixing with Slate Plug-Ins

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Chapter 1 : Setup

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    Learn about what this series is about, and hear the song used before and after processing with Slate Everything Bundle plug-ins.

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    Calibrating the Tape Machine

    See how to calibrate the Slate Virtual Tape Machine, and then how to introduce subtle tape saturation while maintaining a constant level.

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    From Tape to the Console

    Follow along as the Virtual Console Collection plug-in is calibrated, and then instantiated across all the tracks following the Virtual Tape Machine.

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    Mix Bus Setup

    Watch as the Console and tape emulations are set up on the master bus, followed by very gentle FG Grey, FG Red, and FG MU settings in the Virtual Bus Compressor rack.

Chapter 2 : Drums

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    Drum Overheads

    Hear how the Custom Series EQs and Air EQ are used on the two overhead channels to establish a blend of the full kit. The two channels are subgrouped together with FG Bomber used to subtly enhance the transients before being blended in parallel with two stages of gentle compression.

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    Kik Drum

    The FG-N is used to add weight, click, and saturation to the kik drum before being enhanced by the Earth EQ. It is then run through the FG-116 Modern compressor with the high pass filter circuit engaged and a quick release setting, resulting in added energy to each attack.

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    The main snare track is set up with some fairly standard EQ and compression. A parallel bus is set up to add weight and emphasis to the lower end of the snare. The two are blended together on a snare bus where the Custom Series Lift EQ adds polish to both the thickness and the crack of the snare drum.

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    Hi Hat & Toms

    See how the hi hat and tom mics are processed and blended with the overheads for emphasis and stereo imaging.

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    Room Mic (Controlled Chaos!)

    Hear how a mic placed outside the drum room is treated with EQ and compression to add some "room" to the dry drum sound.

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    Drum Bus & Reverb

    Hear how some interesting EQ sweetening is created by first cutting and then boosting the same frequencies using two instances of the Custom Series EQ, then running it through some parallel compression. An instance of Verbsuite Classic is then used on a Bus to establish an overall room reverb for the drum kit.

Chapter 3 : Guitars

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    Electric Bass

    The Custom Series Equalizer is used to EQ the signal before it is fed in to the Scuffham Amp. It is then processed, post amp processing, with another instance of Virtual Mix Rack using selected bands of both the FG-N and FG-S EQs, followed by some gentle compression to control the final output level.

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    Rhythm Guitars Pt. 1

    Hear how the Scuffham amps are used in conjunction with Mix Rack plug-ins to blend a telecaster and a stratocaster guitar together.

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    Rhythm Guitars Pt. 2

    See how cleaner guitar processing is set up on these tracks to blend with the more aggressive rhythm parts.

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    Intro & Chorus Guitars

    A final pair of guitar parts are layered with the others, each with unique EQ and amp settings.

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    Acoustic Guitar

    See how a strummed acoustic part is blended with the wall of multiple electric guitars playing the main hook during the intro and chorus.

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    Verse Guitars

    Discover how treating three complimentary guitar parts (recorded with the same guitar, each using different pickup positions) together through a single processing chain, helps them to function as a single unified part.

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    Pre Chorus Guitars

    Explore the effects of routing to multiple destinations for a complex layered effect as the pre chorus guitars are fed to both the verse guitar bus and a new bus for simultaneous processing.

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    Interlude Guitars

    Hear how dual mono guitar amp processing is used within a single instance of a Scuffham Amp.

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    Guitar Solo

    See how the lead guitar is processed with an S-Gear amp and Custom Series EQ for a searing solo sound that brings the arrangement to an exciting climax.

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    Guitar Mono Magic

    Hear how some extreme mono parallel processing of all the guitars using EQs and Virtual Bus Compressors brings a fullness to the overall blend.

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    Mix Check

    The sound isn't shaping up quite the way I had hoped. Follow along and see what changes I've made to bring the guitars and snare drum closer to what I originally had in mind. Lessons learned: 1. Constantly check your tweaks in the context of the whole mix rather than tweaking them in solo mode. 2. Be careful not to use too many disparate guitar amp based reverb, delay, and modulation processes simultaneously.

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    MIDI Tracks

    The supporting MIDI instruments are routed to a subgroup, and treated together with some console and preamp drive, low cut filtering, and reverb.

Chapter 4 : Vocals

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    Lead Vocals

    Hear how the width of the vocal reverb is set up to blend with the stereo width of the guitars, and see how automation, EQ, and multiple stages of compression are used to smooth out the lead vocal track.

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    Harmony Vocals

    Harmony and alternate lead vocals are grouped and treated together. In addition to preamp drive, EQ ,and compression, the Eiosis Air EQ and the DeEsser are used to help the high end work in conjunction with the heavily driven guitars on the chorus. A send to Repeater is automated to add an ethereal floating quality to the vocals at specific sections.

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    Vocal Stack

    Hear how the stacked "oohs and ahs" are treated with drive, EQ, compression, Air EQ for sparkle on top, and finally reverb and delay to help them "disappear" into the background.

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    Final Tweaks & FG-X

    Learn about a few small last minute tweaks to the mix, and see how the FG-X is used on the stereo output track to bring the volume up to commercial levels.

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    Final Play Through

    Listen to a final play through of the finished mix along with the artist video of Will to Survive by Hayley Richman.

Chapter 5 : Bonus Videos

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    Virtual Tube Collection

    Learn about these three new plug-ins, and hear how they recreate the sound of classic vintage tube circuits on a variety of tracks and busses.

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    See and hear how this latest emulation from Slate captures the wide range of compression characteristics heard in the Empirical Labs Distressor unit. Opto and Nuke modes, along with the various detector and post compression circuits are explored.

Product Overview

Eli Krantzberg is your host on this epic journey of mixing with Slate plug-ins! See how a real-world mix takes shape from beginning to end, using only Slate Digital's awesome suite of plug-ins.

Eli begins with an introduction, explaining exactly what will be covered in the videos, and then gives a play through of the song that you'll be mixing together.

Eli now covers how to get ready for your mixing journey, by showing you how to calibrate the Virtual Tape Machine, routing to it, and setting up your mix bus.

The drums are next, and Eli covers every drum track in the song, showing you what Slate plug-ins to use and why. Bass and guitars are then focused on, and you'll see and hear how much better they sound with a little Slate magic sprinkled on top.

Eli then moves onto the vocal tracks, honing them to a perfect tone and blend with different Slate plug-ins. He then does some final tweaks to the mix, creating the perfect mix, ready for all the world to hear.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to see and hear if Slate plug-ins are right for you, or how a professional uses them, this series is the place to be… Watch "Mixing with Slate Plug-Ins" today!

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Mixing with Slate Plug-Ins is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16 .
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Show's Product But Misses Why With so many compressors I just wish the presenter had spent more time explaining *why* he chose to use this compressor over that compressor or this eq over that eq.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Insightful It was great to hear a complete project mixed from the bottom up. This guy does a great job of explaining this stuff.
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A Big Help Not only was this a good primer on using Slate plugins, there were also some great signal routing/send techniques that I found very useful. My only problem is that I can't run all those plugin's at a 96K sample rate on my computer. Can you tell us the specs on the computer you used to run the Logic sessions in this course and the sample rate? I am getting frustrated with my DAW set up and want to find out if it is me or the capacity of the computer, etc. Thanks!
Date published: 2020-09-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Video Series Eli smashes it again with this great course. Full of tips and tricks, both with the plug-ins and mixing techniques. Also, this is a real song, a real mix and Eli doesn't shy away by re-visiting the mix and taking a different approach to achieve his original vision, which, is very important. Cheers, Eli!
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! Does a wonderful job of showing you a project, start to finish (mixing-wise), using Slate's Everything Bundle. The progression through the project is logical and well explained. A bonus was seeing the work flow through ALL the tracks of a FULL song. I enjoyed this a lot and think it'll help cement some of my own practices. Oh, and I bought a month pass for $15 -- so I got almost 3 hours of instruction at $5 / hour. Makes me feel like I'm exploiting Groove3! But I'm sure I'll be back...
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Slate Plug-In Course Contrary to other videos that skim over the surface, this gives in depth instruction on how to use the Slate plug-ins. Using a complex song, each instrument and vocal is reviewed and optimized. I also found the video to give new mixing perspectives as well.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Learned Lots Very Good! I love the Slate stuff
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it! Love Slate Digital and I love watching how Eli has put it to use. Not only do you get to see how Slate plugins can be used to great effect, you also get to see Eli's take on mixing a alternative rock track. I learned a lot! Thanks Eli.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very In-depth Got the Everything Bundle and found out that there are not enough tutorials other than the ones at the Slate website. So glad to have found this! I immediately bought it when it went on sale!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from learned a lot from it Helped me a lot to understand Virtual mix rack !
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome course! I've been using slate's plugins for something like 2 years at least I think. After this tutorial series I found out, that I was using them in a wrong way sometimes. For example I used VTM at the end of the chain, while it should be at the beginning. I also like concept of adding only a little of saturation from many instances of plugins, which then sums up. I highly recommend this tutorial for every owner of slate's plugins!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Videos! great series of videos. I'm a slate user and this helped me feel out some of the plugs I hadn't really used much
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Love the Tutorial This tutorial def upped my game on some mixing techniques. Seeing all these plugins used in new and creative ways was really informative. Looking forward to more lessons!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really great tutorials! I have all the slate plug ins and am about to mix my album. Really useful tips, and a great song used for the tutorials for a change. Very impressed so far!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A must have tutorial! Really excited about this one, Eli excelled and just made such good sense on everything . The Slate plugins are good but in our rush to dive and mix we might have missed some of the crucial setup stages...calibrating the plugins properly is a major issue re gain staging and maximising sonic texture. Eli lays a solid foundation for this stuff and then demonstrates what can be achieved with these great tools.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely awesome. I think the song, artist, mix engineer are all excellent. Really liked how he set up the VTM on every track from the start. Loved the bonus video on the new Slate plugins at the end.
Date published: 2017-06-02
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