In this video review Paul Drew from Production Expert looks at the new Slate FG-116 Blue Compressors for VMR. He also has a quick look at the AIrEQ Module from Eiosis.
Here's what Slate Digital have to say about the new additions:
FG-116 Blue Fet Modern Compressor
FG-116 Blue Modern is a custom revision of the classic FET compressor that offers two unique circuits that blend the old school tone with new school topology. The output transformers have been cleaned up so that it will have no output saturation, and the attack has been decoupled from the release so that it can be set much slower than the hardware for more transient articulation. Both circuits of the Blue Modern sound hi-fi, punchy, musical, and yet, they still can achieve the classic aggressive tone that makes the FET compressors so famous.
Circuit 1 is somewhat similar to the Vintage in that it will have a bit of a forward sounding character, but it is much cleaner and more pristine.
Circuit 2 will have a more breathable and punchy low end and overall smoother response on the top end. It sounds amazing on drum buss with the Hi Pass filter engaged, and even full mixes can really benefit from this musical compressor!
FG-116 Blue Fet Vintage Compressor
FG-116 Blue Vintage recreates the sound of two “rev A” FET compressors. Both compressors sound rich, colorful, and musical.
Circuit 1 has the classic ‘mid forward’ character that has made the blue striped FET compressors so famous.
Circuit 2 is modeled after a “rev A” unit that had been updated and refurbished, and had a very unique and musical sound.
Both Circuits have a Hi Pass Detective Filter that allows the lows to pass through uncompressed, which can sound really musical on a drum buss. Finally, the Mix/Knob allows you to parallel compress right inside the module, which is an ideal way to use this type of compression.