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VTM Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:30

    Learn what the VTM attempts to accomplish and get a brief history of recording to tape. Some tape recording concepts and terminology are covered here as well.

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    Tutorial 2

    Control Overview

    5:37

    Get an overview of the front panel controls and displays to identify each piece of the plug-in.

The Tape Machines

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    Tutorial 3

    Machines & Tapes

    9:20

    Examine the qualities of each different type of tape and tape machine available in VTM.

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    Tutorial 4

    Speed & Bias

    7:34

    Explore the tape speed and bias controls and their sonic effects.

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    Tutorial 5

    Meters & Knobs

    5:13

    Discover the input and output stages, as well as the VU meters and their functions.

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    Tutorial 6

    Settings & Calibration

    15:52

    Learn about the settings and calibration options that are given in VTM. The relationship between the VU meters, saturation and noise are examined here as well.

Using Groups

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    Tutorial 7

    Assigning Groups

    2:19

    See how to assign different instances of VTM to groups and operate them in unison.

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    Tutorial 8

    Mixing & Groups

    10:32

    Learn how to use groups in a mix and change settings after grouping.

Mixing Techniques

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    Tutorial 9

    Calibrating for Saturation

    4:58

    Learning how to use the calibration settings to adjust the saturation threshold.

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    Tutorial 10

    Virtual Multitrack Tape Recorder

    6:26

    Learning how to set up a virtual multitrack tape recorder emulation using many instances of VTM and maximizing our 'tape sound'.

The holy grail of tape machine emulation has now arrived, Slate Digital VTM. This series will teach you what every button and features does, as well as how to apply it to your tracks and productions to get that unmistakable sound and vibe. Sedric Pieretti takes you back in time, to when tape was king.

Sedric starts with an introduction to the VTM as well as an in-depth overview of all the front panel controls and functions. Next, Sedric shows you all the different tapes, machines, settings and options for different VTM configurations.

Using the group function is a powerful option in VTM when mixing, which Sedric explains in detail. He then wraps up the series, showing you how to get that "saturated" tape sound, and use multiple instances of VTM for an even deeper, thicker tape sound.

Travel back to the golden age of pro audio and see and hear what you've been missing. Checkout "Slate Digital VTM Explained" today.

Sage Halo
Submitted 4 months ago

Brilliant!

A really good, in-depth video series on the VTM, covering every aspect of this plug-in. It also has good historical facts about tape machines and tape use, which helps contextualise and justify the ease of using this plugin. Job well done!

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

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koziolmatol
Submitted 8 months ago

Everything explained

I must say that it was very good tutorial. Although calibration was talked few times in depth, I still don't understand it as much, but I assume that's only my problem. Except of that everything was covered, even type machine types, what are differences between them, which was very nice. I recommend to watch this tutorial for everyone who uses VTM! :)

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

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DavidLaprise
Submitted 9 months ago

Clear explanations!

This helped me understand all the VTM controls and use cases. No fluff; the explanations are clear and to the point!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live

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TonyL
Submitted 11 months ago

I finally know how to use this plugin

It's funny how you tend to slap a plugin on a track, only to find yourself messing around with it trying to find a setting that works, when what you should be doing is either reading the manual or watching a Groove3 tutorial. Mind blown over what the VTM can actually do. Thanks to the wonderful team at Groove3!

I am a: Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Pro Tools

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VenEmuS
Submitted 2 years ago

Awesome as always

Groove3 has done it again another great tutorial. Simple straightforward and easy to follow. Thanks guys

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Producer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I come from a family of casual musicians, mostly pianists. When I was very young, I learned to play piano, then forgot it all when I was teenager and then discovered guitar and bass...

2. What training have you had?

Formal training? Almost none. But I've made every mistake one could make in the world of recording and learned from every one of them. I've also had the privilege of interning with some very knowledgable studio techs and engineers and consider that a very valuable education.

3. When did you get into recording?

As a teen in the 90's, my band needed a way to get our music on CD, but our budget was very limited. We pooled our parent's money and bought a cheap Tascam 4-track tape recorder. Since I was the resident geek, it was my job to figure out how to record a 5-piece band with only 4 tracks and 2 SM57s. When I discovered overdubbing, my mind was officially blown. Then I discovered software and digital recording and became an instant lifelong addict.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The vast majority of my work as an engineer, studio tech or producer has been for projects I was personally involved in, or for close friends. However, I have had the opportunity to work with several notable Bay Area studios over the years. Including a bit of work at the Wash House, famous for their work with late rapper Mac Dre.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I consider the pursuit of knowledge a lifelong journey, and I've always been willing to share what I know with others... Perhaps to a fault. I've been known to speak at length on subjects for which there is no justifiable reason to know so much... I just enjoy teaching, and enjoy digital recording. I think the only things you need to train are knowledge and passion, and I'd like to believe that I have those in spades!

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VTM Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant! A really good, in-depth video series on the VTM, covering every aspect of this plug-in. It also has good historical facts about tape machines and tape use, which helps contextualise and justify the ease of using this plugin. Job well done!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Everything explained I must say that it was very good tutorial. Although calibration was talked few times in depth, I still don't understand it as much, but I assume that's only my problem. Except of that everything was covered, even type machine types, what are differences between them, which was very nice. I recommend to watch this tutorial for everyone who uses VTM! :)
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear explanations! This helped me understand all the VTM controls and use cases. No fluff; the explanations are clear and to the point!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I finally know how to use this plugin It's funny how you tend to slap a plugin on a track, only to find yourself messing around with it trying to find a setting that works, when what you should be doing is either reading the manual or watching a Groove3 tutorial. Mind blown over what the VTM can actually do. Thanks to the wonderful team at Groove3!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome as always Groove3 has done it again another great tutorial. Simple straightforward and easy to follow. Thanks guys
Date published: 2016-05-13