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Slate Digital VCC 2 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1



    A detailed overview of the new GUI on VCC 2.

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    Tutorial 2

    Changes in VCC 2.0


    A side by side comparison of VCC 1 vs VCC 2, exploring the differences between the two, and the features that have been added, or removed.

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    Tutorial 3

    Meter Calibration Options


    An in depth look at the new Meter Calibration options in VCC 2, along with an overview of how to adjust them.

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    Tutorial 4

    VCC 2 in Action


    An overview of using VCC 2 in a mix, using the different consoles, and grouping options for drums, guitars, and bass.

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    Tutorial 5

    Storing a user Default in Pro Tools


    A quick tip for Pro Tools users, to get your mix up and running with VCC 2, in a pinch. (workflow is also applicable to other DAWs that support user presets).

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    Tutorial 6

    Noise Reduction


    An overview of the noise reduction button, its purpose, and general suggestions.

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    Tutorial 7

    Group Bypass


    Explore the group bypass button, and how to use it properly, for A/B comparisons when auditioning VCC 2 setting on your tracks.

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    Tutorial 8

    Gain Staging


    A detailed overview of the importance of setting optimum gain staging, to get the most out of VCC 2, and different workflows for doing so.

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    Tutorial 9

    Creative Uses


    An overview of using VCC 2 on a Bass track, in parallel, for the purpose of adding some saturation and distortion to the original.

Slate Digital puts 6 classic analog consoles in your DAW, and studio guru Marcus Huyskens shows you how to use them! This series explores the significant difference between VCC 2.0 and the previous version, and how to make the most of the new plug-in version.

Marcus begins with an overview of the new GUI, comparing it to the previous GUI, and then explains the various Meter Calibration options new to VCC 2.0. From there, Marcus jumps right into using VCC 2 in a Mix, using different consoles and grouping options.

Since one of VCC's strength is it's ability to be recalled by your DAW, he shows you how to store default settings in Pro Tools. Then Marcus returns to the plug-in, exploring the Noise Reduction, Group Bypass, and Gain Staging in VCC 2.

Marcus wraps it up with a tutorial on creative uses for VCC 2 using a bass guitar track as his example. Whether a beginner or advanced Slate Digital VCC user, or you're just looking to see what a console plug-in could do for your tracks, watch "VCC 2.0 Explained" today!

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Submitted 4 months ago


Really good, very basic overview of VCC 2. I found myself wanting a bit more, the creative uses video was good. A good introduction to the VCC.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, Logic Pro

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Submitted 7 months ago

Really helpful!

I am excited to be able to apply this to my future productions.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Digital Performer

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Submitted 8 months ago

Nice tutorial

VCC is fairly quite simple plugin to use, but still I learnt few things from this tutorial, like VU meter calibration option. I only regret that there was no video about different console types, it would be nice to see photo of every one of them and hear some history or maybe technical details.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing piano at around 5 years old, after which point I switched to the Guitar at around age 10. I was pretty lucky, as my parents had quite a nice selection of records, spanning across multiple genres, that I could listen too. I would sit by the record player with headphones on, and close my eyes, and imagine myself playing along with them. I listened to much "older" music than the current music my age group was listening to. I continued to play the guitar and by 16, had developed some pretty decent chops, and was playing lots of local jazz clubs & restaurants with a couple friends. However after the birth of my first son, I took a break from gigging, and made the transition to the other side of the glass. However, I still rely on, and draw upon my abilities as a musician all the time, as I feel that an engineer, producer, or mixer, with a decent understanding of music, tempo, groove, theory, and genres, is a step ahead of the game.

2. What training have you had?

Pretty much 23 years of locking myself in a chair, and working diligently on my craft. Over the years, Ive also had had the great pleasure of working with other fantastic engineers, being able to pick their brains, observe and sponge in all the information that they offered. I still maintain, that you can learn more from a couple weeks, or even a couple days working with a seasoned pro, then you can in a year or 2 of school. Although I was set on going to audio engineering for school, my parents insisted on me going to school for business marketing, which didn't really work out, as I spent most of my time cutting class and going to my older sisters media arts classes, offering up myself as an actor, or voice over actor, (whatever they needed) for all of their student productions, so that I could learn more about audio/video production. It wasn't quite an audio engineering per se, but it was a close second!

Although Ive never had any formal education, I can recall my early "lessons" from my father, of cutting tape, and working with analogue gear. Being given tasks, like recording music from a record to tape, then cutting the tape, to make edits. The process of gain staging, EQ, fader riding, compression, adding reverb, etc etc. Also most importantly, my lessons in understanding the psychology behind getting the best performance from your artist/talent, which I was able to comprehend, and which I still keep with me, and use to this day.

3. When did you get into recording?

By about 11 years old, after listening to countless records in awe, I became interested, (or maybe even obsessed) with the whole recording process. When I badgered my father enough, he eventually dusted off his old TEAC 3340 reel to reel, an old mixer, and a spring reverb for me, that had been meticulously stored and well taken care of. Needless to say, It was pretty much game over from that point on. I fell in love with the notion of being able to capture a moment in time, a performance of art, and preserving it. In the very beginning, I spent most of my time re-recording old records, and singing and playing over top while tracking them, playing around with different microphones, then began a crash course in the basics.

In a sense I was very fortunate, as in addition to being a producer/camera man, my father was a pretty savvy audio engineer, who used to record/mix the music for all his documentaries / productions he worked on back in the day. So, at a very young age, & before the times of the “Mbox" and portable interfaces, little did I know, that I was receiving some very thorough training that became the foundation of my craft. As i grew more comfortable with the gear, I started inviting other children over to my "studio" (parents living room-LoL) who were in bands, so that I could record them. My parents were pretty supportive, often allowing me to use this area, and make noise to do something I enjoyed.

Fast forward a couple years to high school, As my band was looking to get some gigs, I was able to record our own demo's to hand out to clients, and continued to work on my craft, eventually opening up my first studio in 2002. From there, everything else is pretty much history.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The majority of my work has been on the Indi scene music wise, working with local talent, and also internationally as a mixer for various clients in different genres. In 2010/2011 I shifted my efforts, and began working on ad spots, both writing, and recording/mixing with different composers, which eventually brought me down the path of actually developing my own set of sample libraries for composers to use in music production, and television/film/games. This has really opened up some doors for me and expanded my cliental into areas I would have never imagined. I continue to work with talented artists, and composers on various projects, in addition, I also do some voice over work for different audio brands.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Tough one to answer, but, i'd like to think that I teach people the way that I prefer to be taught. Which is building a foundation of knowledge, then adding to it in stages, with clear steps. I try to stay on point, and simplify a process down to its core level. I find that in general, there are a lot of tutorials that leave you scratching your head sometimes. I try to avoid that. Ive often had friends say to me, that I simplify things, so if thats the case, then I hope I can continue to do so.

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Slate Digital VCC 2 Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Really good, very basic overview of VCC 2. I found myself wanting a bit more, the creative uses video was good. A good introduction to the VCC.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Really helpful! I am excited to be able to apply this to my future productions.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice tutorial VCC is fairly quite simple plugin to use, but still I learnt few things from this tutorial, like VU meter calibration option. I only regret that there was no video about different console types, it would be nice to see photo of every one of them and hear some history or maybe technical details.
Date published: 2017-06-20