I think one of the most important things to look for in a tonally accurate virtual instrument is whether they lend themselves to creating a well-rounded tone, and to doing so in a sound that's easy to mix. The Slate Digital Virtual Tapes will help you get the sound in your head. They're in the high range of very accurate, not too cold, not too bright, no-fuss to use, and they nail it. On the other hand, a lot of virtual instruments have shown their colors in these samples, and while they're all great plug-ins, some will be better for you than others. The slate's only fault is that it doesn't have the biggest selection of plug-ins with virtual instruments (the TASI line, which let's say is similar, is much better). It also doesn't have a very good sampling rate.
Since I've been using it for a month and a half now, I can say that I can't imagine a better value for the money. I've used a lot of plugins, and the slate has worked like a charm for everything I've thrown at it, from plug-ins to FX. Moreover, it performs fantastically at latency.
The virtual instrument I leveraged in creating the lead vocal parts of the album was my favorite vintage synth synth, the Roland Juno-60, with the RetroFreq & Saturator plug-in. After auditioning all the plugins featured here & in our free plug-in roundup, VTM stood out as the best low-latency musical instrument plugin I found. It enabled me to make great guitar playing sound right at my ears, without the need to use any compression. The sound is fat, organic, and energetic. The saturation (presumably) is modeled after the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Total Phase, as it makes guitar sitting at a desk sound ideal. Total Phase's knob is greatly improved by RetroFreq, which straitens the waveform up. The sponginess of the synth is preserved, but the guitar's comb filtering and grainy sound are lowered. VTM's own function & control knobs emulate the real thing.
A lot of hard work goes into all this so we've built a companion web app that allows you to scan, install and sync your Slate plugin. You can then access it directly from your mobile device or from any website that supports web application security. The app also makes it easy to manage your plugin collection, update your plugins, and manage your licensing. 7211a4ac4a