Virtual Mix Rack Tutorial

Virtual Mix Rack Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Virtual Mix Rack Explained

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    The Virtual Mix Rack

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

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    Slot Controls

    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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    Managing Presets

    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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    FG-N

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

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    FG-S

    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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    FG-116

    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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    FG-401

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

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    Revival & Conclusion

    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.

Chapter 2 : Update

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    Virtual Preamp Collection

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

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    Custom Series Equalizer

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

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    Parallel Lift Processor

    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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    FG Bomber

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

Product Overview


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!


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Virtual Mix Rack Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very clear explanation I needed some insight to get starting using this great plugin, I got a lot more than I was expecting. Great tutorial.
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GReat Ensight!!!! Very glad to get an In- depth look into these plugins. Makes it look easy to use.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! A good , simple well explained overview of Slate VMR, using good examples of how you can use each module. Recommended!!!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love all the hidden tricks! Great examples with great techniques being shown in this Tutorial. Thanks for all the advices and tricks! Will return more for reference later on
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! I feel like I have a good take on what these VMRs do and how to begin working with them. Thank You!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from clear I like this guy
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from BEST TUTORIAL EVER ! I have learned aot in such a short time . Eli is a very good teacher hands down .
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Exellent This has help me so much, loved every minute
Date published: 2017-06-09
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
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