Update (June 1, 2022): The deal has been extended to June 30, 2022. It was previously limited until the end of May.
Here’s an opportunity to enter the modeling microphone realm with a bang. Our affiliate partner Thomann has a great deal on the Slate Digital ML-1 modeling condenser microphone. Until June 30 2022, it’s priced EUR 519, down from EUR 777!
Slate ML-1 deal
The ML-1 is a reference-grade condenser microphone with a cardioid pattern and essentially ‘flat’ frequency response. This provides the blank canvas for microphone emulations handled by Slate Digital’s Virtual Microphone System (VMS) software. Plugged into any decent, reasonably uncolored preamp, the ML-1 integrates with it to replicate the sonic characteristics of many renowned studio microphones.
The VMS software includes a respectable selection of both microphone and preamp models which can be expanded with paid model packs. The obfuscated names like M7, FG-800, FG-67, FG-251 and the like refer to some of recording history’s most praised vintage microphones. If you know, you know! If you don’t, treat them as presets and find one that best suits your voice and singing style.
The Classic Tubes software module included with the ML-1 contains 8 classic tube microphone models, the FG-73 British discrete preamp emilation, and the FG-76 German tube preamp emulation. If you use a modern low-latency audio interface, you will be able to track audio with mic emulations without audible delay.
A potential downside to the whole mic modeling extravaganza is the requirement of an iLok USB dongle for software copy protection and authorization. If you don’t have it, you can buy one from Thomann as well.
Slate Digital’s entire Virtual Microphone System is more than just the ML-1 and modeling software. The manufacturer also offers a recording interface, external ultra-linear preamp, and a small-diaphragm modeling microphone meant for emulating instrument mics. You can learn more about these products here.