Steven Slate has launched an expansion pack for the Virtual Microphone System (VMS). Classic Tubes 3 contains digital recreations of five vintage tube condenser mics, hand-selected and recreated with what looks like a lot of attention to detail. There’s certainly a lot to drool over.
The new options are:
FG-37a – a flattering Japanese microphone that supposedly makes any voice sound pleasing
FG-49 – models a famous German microphone with a forward midrange and smooth top end
FG-47mk2 – the second edition of a well-known German condenser mic, offering smoother upper mid-range freqs and heftier low mids
FG-67mk2 – this is the FG-67 without the low pass filter mod, featuring a darker top end and thick low frequencies
FG-44 – a classic, smooth-sounding ribbon mic with a Slate-added custom tube stage for more harmonics and saturation
Overall, this sounds like a very pleasant collection of virtual microphones for Slate VMS owners. In addition to vocals, these mics can handle most other acoustic instruments just fine, depending on the kind of sound you like.
For example, the FG-49 supposedly makes for a great kick drum mic, while the FG-37a would be great on piano, and so forth. As always, experimenting is the key to discovering an unexpected new and great-sounding recording set-up for a particular instrument. This expansion pack is also interesting in that it adds new options to VMS, which may entice some buyers who had been tending towards Townsend’s Sphere system.
Price and availability
Classic Tubes 3 for VMS costs $299, but can be had at an introductory price of $149 until December 15. VMS users who bought VMS before March 31 this year are eligible for a free Classic Tubes 3 license. The Virtual Microphone System itself is available for $899, currently at 10% off.