Still waiting for my monitor controller to arrive. In the meantime, I just installed Trigger from Slate Digital and Lo Air from Waves.
I like Steven Slate. I haven’t gotten my ears on his VCC (Console Plug) or his VTM (Tape Plug) and I’d be the first to say that I doubt it sounds like real voltage and iron, but that doesn’t mean they don’t sound amazing. For example, the UA Pultec plug in… does it sound like a $5,000 Pultec? No, not at all. Does it sound awesome? It definitely does. I would say the Slate emulations are probably the same. Will they sound like an ATR or Ampex? No. Will it sound like an API, SSL, or NEVE? No. Will it sound awesome? Probably. Slate is freakish in his approach to innovation. He has a pretty good team over there.
So what is this Trigger? Well, if you already have incredible one shots from Ocean Way, Sound City, Blackbird, or wherever, and you have a really great performance from a drummer but the kit was poorly tuned, recorded in a bad space, or any other deficiency with the recording, you can reinforce or replace those sounds yet keep the performance. In fact, you can use multiple layers of several samples to create one dynamic sound. Here’s a quick overview:
Lo Air from Waves is a little less exciting. In fact, it’s pretty much a one trick pony. You ever hear a great action movie in the theater or in a really great surround sound environment where the walls, floor, and your chair was shaking when something exploded on screen, almost making you drop your popcorn? That’s what Lo Air does best. It’s helps create the ferocity in the explosions, gunfire, and crashes you hear in big productions. It’s a subharmonic generator tool for sound design. I won’t bother embedding a video here for it because 90% of anyone that would be reading this right now won’t have speakers that you would even be able to hear it. Your laptop, earbuds, and computer speakers might reach down to 60Hz and if you’re really lucky maybe 50Hz at best. This subharmonic content is at 15Hz. You wouldn’t hear it anyway.
As soon as these are loaded and licenses are transferred to my iLok, I’m back to the Lynx Aurora 16 I just hooked up to the Mac. It’d be nice to be tracking by evening.