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Slate Digital FG-X Mastering Processor VST RTAS v1.1.2 READ NFO-AiR
 
 
Team AiR | 10/2010 | 16.39 MB
 
Links update: 20/04/2017
 
Worldclass mastering compressor with transparent and articulate sound.
Revolutionary ITP process to make your mixes louder without degradation.
Controls for low and high punch.
Ultra precise mastering quality metering.
 
The Concept 
 
Imagine mastering your mixes without causing the lifeless, squashed, and 
over compressed sound that has become so common in modern music. We have 
all been at the mercy of the "loudness wars" for over ten years now. 
Masters have become louder and louder, at the expense of the music becoming 
harsh and lacking punch and dynamics. One of the main causes of this 
epidemic is the use of the Peak Limiter to achieve increased levels in the 
mastering stage. Peak limiters attenuate transients and often reduce punch, 
stereo imaging, can greatly alter mix balances, and cause a fatiguing 
result to the ears. 
 
Some of the top mastering engineers have found ways to combat this sonic 
degradation by using techniques other then Peak Limiting. One of the more 
popular techniques is the use of saturation in both the analog and digital 
domain. Another popular method is clipping the front end of expensive A/D 
converters. 
 
However, both of these methods, while usually more unobtrusive then peak 
limiting, have their downfalls. Static saturation curves are not universal 
in their ability to sound good on all transients. Clipping greatly reduces 
low end punch and is very poor at retaining sub bass. Both static 
saturation and clipping have a small window of gain maximizing before 
audible distortion. Enter Slate Digital. 
 
FG-X Dynamics Rack 
 
Two years ago Steven Slate and expert algorithm engineer Fabrice Gabriel 
started working out the concept for a digital audio process that could 
increase the level of a mix without altering the punch and dynamic feel, or 
make the mix sound squashed and lifeless. They started by researching 
saturation curves and their effect on various types of transient material. 
After several months of study and hundreds of listening tests, they made 
some fascinating discoveries. What they found, was that in order to 
transparently add level to a mix, a dynamic and intelligent transient 
saturation system would have to be developed. 
 
New Advanced Algorithms were created to execute the extremely complex 
communication system that would be needed to properly perform the new 
dynamic operations. A new algorithm was formed, and the process was named 
"Intelligent Transient Preservation", or ITP. 
 
ITP - Intelligent Transient Preservation 
 
The ITP process uses a complex lookahead detection algorithm to analyze 
oncoming transients and groups of transients. It then optimizes a 
specialized set of saturation curves for that specific transient. For 
example, if the ITP algorithm's lookahead identifies a kick drum transient, 
it will optimize the algorithm so that it preserves low frequency energy. 
For a snare drum transient, it will optimize the algorithm to preserve 
upper mid range punch. The result is the most transparent means of level 
maximization the industry has ever heard, with extreme transparency, and no 
degrading artifacts common to peak limiters. 
 
Control 
 
The FG Level maximization plug-in offers the user complete control of their 
mix, before and after the level maximization process. The Transient 
function contains two controls to fine tune mix transients. Enhance allows 
you to transparently increase the level of the transients in a mix, 
increasing the punch and dynamics without altering other elements of the 
mix. Detail adds more clarity and focus to the transients, perfect for 
buried snares or kicks. You will find the Transient functions not only 
ideal for mastering, but as great tools for the mixbuss and even drumbuss. 
 
After the ITP powered Gain maximizer, there is a function called Impact. 
This new process can make even the loudest masters sound more dynamic, 
open, and punchy, even though the master has much more limited dynamic 
range then the mix. 
 
Be Safe 
 
In the rare case that a mix has poor frequency balance or small bursts of 
low frequency energy (such as a quick floor tom hit), the Safety slider 
prevents unwanted distortions or crackles, that until now have been 
extremely hard to prevent or tame. The dynamic multiband Safety algorithm 
reacts quickly and backs off quickly, allowing the FG Level to remain 
transparent and create worry free masters without artifacts. 
 
Mastering Quality Compression 
 
Some mastering compressor plug-ins try to emulate vintage analog units and 
add color, harmonics, and different filters that change the way your mix 
sounds. Most top mastering engineers use very little or no compression. 
When they do use compression, they use only the most transparent 
compressors that will not alter the tone or balance of the mix. 
 
Slate Digital says the FG Dynamics plug-in is a true mastering quality 
compressor meant to control the dynamics of your mix in the most 
transparent way possible, not to color it with digitally modeled harmonics 
or distortions. The FG Dynamics compressor assumes that you have used your 
favorite color or tone compressor to achieve the sound on your final mix. 
It is the job of the FG Dynamics compressor to maintain that quality, not 
alter it. The advanced dynamics algorithm is claimed to be so transparent, 
you'll wonder if its on.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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