Slate is now shipping their Virtual Microphone System, a hybrid hardware and software system that combines a custom-designed condenser mic, a sonically neutral preamp, and a plugin that recreates the tone of classic hardware. It starts with the ML-1, an extremely high definition, ultra linear, large diaphragm condenser microphone. To ensure that the ML-1 avoids any color when recorded to the workstation, Slate also created the VMS-ONE preamp. Finally, we get to the VMS plugin, which turns the clean, predictable signal coming from the VMS hardware into classic recreations of famous microphones and microphone preamps. The VMS algorithms add zero latency, so real-time recording is no problem.
The Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System, including the ML-1 mic (with shock mount and case), the VMS-ONE preamp, and the VMS plugin, is available now for $999. It requires OS X 10.7 or later, an iLok2, and an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host. If you order VMS before 31 August 2016, you will receive the Classic Tubes 2 mic module expansion pack, which models three more famous vintage tube microphones for free (a $300 value).