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Slate Digital Announces FG-STRESS: Official Distressor Emulation
Old 29th September 2016
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Slate Digital Announces FG-STRESS: Official Distressor Emulation

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EDIT: The Video has an error in the vocal section comparison. Correct hi res comparison files here:

First pair:

www.slatedigital.com/stress/StressTest1A.wav
www.slatedigital.com/stress/StressTest1B.wav

Second pair:

www.slatedigital.com/stress/StressTest2A.wav
www.slatedigital.com/stress/StressTest2B.wav

The is an official recreation of the Empirical Labs . It's in its last stages of development and is coming soon to Slate Digital!

The is one of the most iconic studio compressors in the pro audio business. When it was first introduced in the 90’s, it was one of the most innovative concepts the industry had ever seen. It could sound like so many other classic compressors, but at the same time, it was also unique with it’s own musical character. You cannot go into a professional recording studio without seeing a Distressor sitting in the racks. And because of this incredible prestige, the Distressor has also been one of Slate Digital’s most customer requested plugin emulations.

The Slate Digital DSP team, led by our cofounder Fabrice Gabriel, worked hard to ensure that every single detail of the hardware was perfectly recreated, from the subtle harmonic tones to the precise timing characteristics, and even it’s special modes like the Opto mode and Nuke mode.

The , like its hardware counterpart, is capable of an extremely wide variety of tones that will work on all kinds of material.

You will be able to get this wonderful processor along with thousands of dollars worth of other great pro audio plugins in the Slate Digital Everything Bundle starting at only $14.99, or buy it in the Slate Digital Webshop (it will intro at $149, then regular price $199). So don’t stress about plugin compression, and happy mixing!

We'll be showing the FG-STRESS starting tomorrow at AES 2016 at booth 921!

Cheers,
Steven

Last edited by Steven Slate; 8th October 2016 at 02:40 AM..
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Old 30th September 2016
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holy hell!
Old 30th September 2016
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Seems to sound good, but when you say "official", do you mean it's endorsed by Dave Derr? Otherwise, it seems a bit misleading (or you could call most of your plugins "official recreations", I don't know.)

Anyway, a bundle subscription is now hard to resist...
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Old 30th September 2016
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$14.99 wow
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Old 30th September 2016
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Hi! Yes the FG-Stress is an official Empirical Labs endorsed recreation of the Distressor! Can't wait for you guys to hear it. Now that we have Dave's stamp, we're working extra hard to make sure every single setting matches precisely! Difficult but fun work for sure!

And I'm absolutely thrilled that we've now dropped the price of the Everything Bundle by 40%, as I promised to do a year ago. Now just about every audio pro can afford our entire collection without having 'wallet pains'!!

Cheers,
Steven
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Old 30th September 2016
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It has to be licensed for him to be saying that instead of "iconic studio standard 1U compressor!"

As I suspected. Licensing deal!

I'll definitely give it a fair listen. The $15 a month price on the rental thing does indeed make it more appealing. Not to me personally, but I'm sure there'll be a flood of new tenants in the Slate apartments.
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Honest question..

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Originally Posted by Steven Slate ➡️
Hi! Yes the FG-Stress is an official Empirical Labs endorsed recreation of the Distressor! Can't wait for you guys to hear it. Now that we have Dave's stamp, we're working extra hard to make sure every single setting matches precisely! Difficult but fun work for sure!

And I'm absolutely thrilled that we've now dropped the price of the Everything Bundle by 40%, as I promised to do a year ago. Now just about every audio pro can afford our entire collection without having 'wallet pains'!!

Cheers,
Steven


Hey Steven congrats on your recent additions to the family! I know they will be quality. My only question is how would this compare to Dave's Arousor since you've gotten his stamp? Any chance of adding a sweepable hi pass?
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I think that's excellent it has endorsement from Dave Derr, is how the industry should roll - working together, improving for all. Again, congrats!

I've had an uncashed old-school paper money order sitting on my desk for several months languishing patiently - strangely enough to the exact sum of this

Altho:

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Anyway, a bundle subscription is now hard to resist...
I'm pretty much now flat out of excuses. Its becoming too appealing, not to mention logical & common sense.
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Old 30th September 2016
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Coming soon ...... 12/25/2017


I kid, wow the subscription is like giving the plugin usage away, hard to believe ownership is that much more costly. Too bad I can't purchase selected bundles from Slate for $199 ( blues, blacks, stress, red fg comp ) I know you want everyone to rent but for most of us the bills are already stocked to the ceiling every month

Congrats on a new winner, and that's great you and Mr. Derr are on board.
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Old 30th September 2016
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This will be my most used plugin, period.
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Great stuff Steven, congratulations!
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Old 30th September 2016
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Congratulations from me as well Steven! It's very heartening to see co-operation between companies.
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Just release it already
Old 30th September 2016
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Wow, the everything bundle for $15? OK, I'm in! VTM and VCC is on every channel of every one my mixes.

I don't know how are you able to do this, but congratulations! Amazing stuff.
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Drum comparison sounded the same to me, but the vocal sounded different. Seemed to have less highs and you could hear the compression effect clamping down on the plugin.

But the drums - I couldn't pick it.

Also, is this emulating the EL8-X? So, Brit mode etc.? Can't see anything alluding to that in the plugin image.

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Old 30th September 2016
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Congrats on getting Mr Derr's approval!
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Originally Posted by sardi ➡️
Drum comparison sounded the same to me, but the vocal sounded different. Seemed to have less highs and you could hear the compression affect clamping down on the plugin.

But the drums - I couldn't pick it.

Also, is this emulating the EL8-X? So, Brit mode etc.? Can't see anything alluding to that in the plugin image.
Hi Sardi! I couldn't pick out the vocal consistently in a blind A/B myself but maybe you are hearing certain things that I wasn't! I'll post the hi res files (blindly) here soon. It might be more difficult blind because it's crazy how the brain plays tricks on you! Thanks for the comments!

Thanks so much for the support guys, we're super motivated and inspired by the response!

Cheers,
Steven
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Hi Sardi! I couldn't pick out the vocal consistently in a blind A/B myself but maybe you are hearing certain things that I wasn't! I'll post the hi res files (blindly) here soon. It might be more difficult blind because it's crazy how the brain plays tricks on you! Thanks for the comments!
Hey Steven.

I'd like to say it could be from the YouTube compression. We all know how much it degrades the audio. But, I don't hear it on the drums, so that kind of throws that out.

Please post the hi-res files. Would love to hear them.

FYI - I wouldn't be able to say which was which, only that I can easily pick the difference every time. Only on the vocals though. Definitely don't hear a difference on the drums.

Also, can you clarify if theres a Brit Mode on your emulation?

Thanks!
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Drum comparison sounded the same to me, but the vocal sounded different. Seemed to have less highs and you could hear the compression affect clamping down on the plugin.

But the drums - I couldn't pick it.

Also, is this emulating the EL8-X? So, Brit mode etc.? Can't see anything alluding to that in the plugin image.
Agreed...drums sound great. I heard the change in vocals the first time listening and wasn't by my computer (about 15 feet away, I was throwing something in the trash can) to see the difference/which was which. It's a slight loss of presence/high end.
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Old 30th September 2016
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Is the 10:1 ratio in this an opto ratio? If so, that'd give you a bit of an edge over Dave's own plugin.

Last question for now: was Steven in front of a green screen or otherwise CGI control room? That background looked funny to me. Doesn't matter, but I found it odd.
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Old 30th September 2016
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Hi! Yes it has opto mode at 10:1!

No that was me in NRG Room C. The footage was soft so it was sharpened which led to the background looking a bit fake!

Cheers,
Steven
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Steven Slate ➡️
Hi Sardi! I couldn't pick out the vocal consistently in a blind A/B myself but maybe you are hearing certain things that I wasn't! I'll post the hi res files (blindly) here soon. It might be more difficult blind because it's crazy how the brain plays tricks on you! Thanks for the comments!

Thanks so much for the support guys, we're super motivated and inspired by the response!

Cheers,
Steven


Maybe I'm crazy but I also heard a slight difference in the vocal comparison. The other comparison was spot on but when I listened repeatedly to the vocal I could feel a slight difference. The hardware (to my ears) seemed a little silkier and fuller but that's not to discredit at all. I think you are 90% there!! Just my 2 pennies. And Slate if you're reading this.. I appreciate your tireless efforts. As a consumer I can really feel that you are a man who is not just content with sales. You want to hit EVERY mark that you set out to hit
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This is gonna sound conspiracy-y, but the chain of events here is strange. Slate hints at Distressor plugin for a good while. Then, just as Dave Derr releases his, Slate email blasts everyone, saying 'wait, we're coming out with one too guys!', then we don't hear much about it and the next thing you know Slate's version is officially licensed by EL, meaning they're getting a piece of the revenue.

Anyone else have a strong feeling there may have been legal stuff going on behind the scenes? After Slate's Hold Off On Arousor, Bro email, maybe Derr's lawyers got all up on team Slate?

This is of course total speculation on my part. But why would Dave Derr, after a few years of development and dealing with the iLok fiasco and huge delays, finally release Arousor, (at a pretty eye-popping $350) and endure the unwashed masses giving him tons of **** over the price only to license Slate's cheaper, competing version a few months later?

That does not make sense to me at all.
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This is gonna sound conspiracy-y, but the chain of events here is strange. Slate hints at Distressor plugin for a good while. Then, just as Dave Derr releases his, Slate email blasts everyone, saying 'wait, we're coming out with one too guys!', then we don't hear much about it and the next thing you know Slate's version is officially licensed by EL, meaning they're getting a piece of the revenue.

Anyone else have a strong feeling there may have been legal stuff going on behind the scenes? After Slate's Hold Off On Arousor, Bro email, maybe Derr's lawyers got all up on team Slate?

This is of course total speculation on my part. But why would Dave Derr, after a few years of development and dealing with the iLok fiasco and huge delays, finally release Arousor, (at a pretty eye-popping $350) and endure the unwashed masses giving him tons of **** over the price only to license Slate's cheaper, competing version a few months later?

That does not make sense to me at all.
After seeing the Derr endorsement I was going to post that maybe Derr had hired Team Slate to help code Arousor, but since I was speculating I didn't post it in my first post
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Originally Posted by Ragan ➡️
This is gonna sound conspiracy-y, but the chain of events here is strange. Slate hints at Distressor plugin for a good while. Then, just as Dave Derr releases his, Slate email blasts everyone, saying 'wait, we're coming out with one too guys!', then we don't hear much about it and the next thing you know Slate's version is officially licensed by EL, meaning they're getting a piece of the revenue.

Anyone else have a strong feeling there may have been legal stuff going on behind the scenes? After Slate's Hold Off On Arousor, Bro email, maybe Derr's lawyers got all up on team Slate?

This is of course total speculation on my part. But why would Dave Derr, after a few years of development and dealing with the iLok fiasco and huge delays, finally release Arousor, (at a pretty eye-popping $350) and endure the unwashed masses giving him tons of **** over the price only to license Slate's cheaper, competing version a few months later?

That does not make sense to me at all.


All valid speculations and I will take a moment to interject if I may... First and foremost we have to understand the world of business. If you create a hot product that is well received but then I come up with a product that is close to what you created. There are a few things I as the original creator would observe if I'm a true business man. #1 how closely were you able to copy what I did? #2 How much pull do you have when it comes to getting your version of the product out? And the most important question... #3 how much revenue would I stand to make in your venture. Slate has demonstrated a loyal audience and rightfully so. So if I were Dave.. it would make perfect sense to put my stamp of approval on something that sounded very close to what I had created originally. The alternative would be FG swiss and I lose in those profits. Call it FG Stress and I gain in those profits. Just my personal observation
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Old 30th September 2016
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Cheers,
Steven
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All valid speculations and I will take a moment to interject if I may... First and foremost we have to understand the world of business. If you create a hot product that is well received but then I come up with a product that is close to what you created. There are a few things I as the original creator would observe if I'm a true business man. #1 how closely were you able to copy what I did? #2 How much pull do you have when it comes to getting your version of the product out? And the most important question... #3 how much revenue would I stand to make in your venture. Slate has demonstrated a loyal audience and rightfully so. So if I were Dave.. it would make perfect sense to put my stamp of approval on something that sounded very close to what I had created originally. The alternative would be FG swiss and I lose in those profits. Call it FG Stress and I gain in those profits. Just my personal observation
Yeah, yeah for sure. And I didn't mean anything nefarious was going on. I'm pretty familiar with the business world. It could have been cordial and based on mutual respect, could have been hostile and solely based on legality and profit motive. I don't particularly care as the end user.

It's at least a little interesting to conjecture though.


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Cheers,
Steven
Heheh. I'm taking that as you officially endorsing my conspiracy theory.

We'll call it, FG-Guess.

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Yeah I gotta say, the drums sounded insanely close but the vocals really didn't match to my ears. The plugin seemed to sound a bit less vibey and you could hear the compressor working a lot more audibly than with the hardware. It is so close but still the vocal example didn't sound as close as I was hoping. Sounds like it was the release time that was more noticeable but also it seems to be losing some of the quality.
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Old 30th September 2016
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Hey guys, I'll post some more vocal files soon. I also think once I post the same vocals from the video blind and hi res it may be more difficult than you think!

Thanks for checking out the video!

Cheers,
Steven

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This is gonna sound conspiracy-y, but the chain of events here is strange. Slate hints at Distressor plugin for a good while. Then, just as Dave Derr releases his, Slate email blasts everyone, saying 'wait, we're coming out with one too guys!', then we don't hear much about it and the next thing you know Slate's version is officially licensed by EL, meaning they're getting a piece of the revenue.

Anyone else have a strong feeling there may have been legal stuff going on behind the scenes? After Slate's Hold Off On Arousor, Bro email, maybe Derr's lawyers got all up on team Slate?

This is of course total speculation on my part. But why would Dave Derr, after a few years of development and dealing with the iLok fiasco and huge delays, finally release Arousor, (at a pretty eye-popping $350) and endure the unwashed masses giving him tons of **** over the price only to license Slate's cheaper, competing version a few months later?

That does not make sense to me at all.
I don't see anything weird or not legal there. If i am forced to guess it was Slate who approached Dave and told him something along the lines of: look we have similar product, why fight, why don't we team up and take even more money"

Or even that scenario from ELI lawyers is possible, that they forced Slate to cut off his cake.

I mean it's called business.

Personally i am not worried at all. Why?

Because Slate plugins do sound extremely good. So does ELI Arousor. I think ELI got more problems because noone will buy Arousor for that much money i mean this is two years of Slate all bundle. But then ELI will get money from Slate endorsement anyway.

Most important thing - we users does have some benefits in the long run!!!


Look it like this. You have now extremely good sounding plugins for funny price.

For the price of one UAD plugin you have Slate everything bundle for one YEAR!!!.


We are not that far away from UAD cutting down prices and or offering subscription plans for plugins.


Good times!!!
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