Slate Digital has renamed the Everything Bundle and now calls it the All Access Pass. Like before, it includes all of the company’s plug-ins for a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Slate sweetens the deal with many new goodies, like the addition of the Kilohearts bundle including the Multipass and Snap Heap plug-in shells, and the ANA 2 software synthesizer.
The moniker “All Access Pass” more accurately describes what it is: A subscription plan, which gets you access to all of Slate Digital’s plug-ins for a recurring payment. Many users are still wary of payment models like this, as you can end up paying more than the single purchase price as a long-term user, without ever owning the software outright (unless the plan offers a rent-to-own option, like Waves FLEX). On the other hand, buying into a subscription plan means that you get free updates for as long as you’re a subscriber. Anyway, let’s look at the new additions that Slate is introducing with the All Access Pass.
Slate Digital All Access Pass includes the Kilohearts bundle
As a subscriber, you now get the Kilohearts bundle as part of the Slate Digital All Access Pass. The bundle includes 28 plug-ins, or “snap-ins”, als Kilohearts calls them. They can be used inside the Multipass and Snap Heap plug-in shells. Multipass lets you create customized multiband processors by stacking snap-ins in the multiband zones. For example, you could set up a processor that does compression in the bass, transient shaping in the midrange, and stereo widening on the highs. Snap Heap allows you to combine Kilohearts plug-ins in four parallel or serial chains.
Sonic Academy ANA 2 synth
The All Access Pass also includes the Sonic Academy ANA 2 synth, which Slate now describes as “our first virtual instrument”. It features three sampling oscillators, three wavetable oscillators, and two filters with no less than 46 filter types. The synth also has three ADSR envelopers, as well as the multi-stage “G-ENV”, which can be looped and beat-synced. The Chord Memory Device is a performance tool that plays full chords when you press single keys, aimed at producers who want quick results.
Slate Digital launches Slate Academy
Slate Digital has also launched Slate Academy, which “aims to be the most comprehensive online music production school on the planet”, according to Slate. That’s no small goal, but they have recruited some resounding names like Chris Lord-Alge, Just Blaze, Sevenn, Matthew Weiss, and Cameron Cartee. Slate says that Slate Academy will offer courses at beginner and advanced levels, and masterclasses in major DAWs. Course participants have access to all plug-ins (which are, of course, already included with the all-access pass), presets, samples, and tracks used in the course.
Despite the new name and many new additions, Slate Digital has kept the prices the same. The All Access Pass costs USD 14.99 per month with a one-year commitment. You can also pay USD 149 upfront for a year, which gets you twelve months for the price of ten. A month-to-month membership is USD 24.99 / month.