Probably much more than $300-350 since this is a system that includes high quality hardware.
On the concept of mic modeling itself ...
Cant help but think that the quality and engineering of the mic itself is important. Scrubbing up a cheap Chinese mic intake with software doesnt sound appetizing but sounds like a lot more than that going on. But then again I invested in a vintage amp and pedals for my guitar and now am very impressed with the UAD Fender amp and pedals as well as Axe and Kemper.
I guess I am representative of the guy that says its hard to capture real analog hardware with software based on stuff done a few years ago.
And then you see what UAD does (I have almost all of their plugins) and then you see the amp sims and then the room sims (OWS) - and realize that good dsp modelling is a viable way to even get the feel of the amp. Still on the fence about Soundworks trying to get an acoustic guitar sound after the fact although I like it as a creative tool.
Long winded way to say what is the quality/engineering (third party manufacturer?) of the mic itself - does it sound good on its own -what is its "hardware" sound - very clean to allow character at the plugin level?
And is the general thought for the home ITB hobby guy (me) is that like OWS gives us access to OWS with adjustments allowed, this gives us access to a mic locker we cant afford and a recorded sound hard for us to get in our home less than ideal sound situation and for the pro - simply another creative tool to add to their mic locker and studio room?
Have to laugh at myself that I am resistant to the dsp thing based on early experiences with Boss early modeling guitar gear and each hardware type - comp, eq, reverb etc and then amp and pedals, I gradually succumb and eat my words and right now mic modeling sounds goofy to me. History has proved me wrong.
Next frontier is dsp modeling biology - vocal chords - dial in a Bowie, Bono, Morrison, Vedder, Young, Dylan voice - (voice from the talkback mic - can I get a bit more Dylan scratchy growl please?)
Last edited by sjgam; 21st July 2016 at 07:45 AM.
I was actually thinking of getting myself a better microphone, now that I have a lovely Twin Duo and some amazing sounding Unison plugins. This is really interesting and I will wait for a real announcement before I buy anything else, as this might be exactly what I need (and want!).
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This looks fantastic.. Like a lot of folks, I've been eyeing the Slate offering and have held off hoping someone else would take this path too. I have the Slate FGX mastering plugin and like it. But I'm leery.. Support and promised updates have been non-existant. A choice between UA & Slate is a no brainer to me..
A big welcome to the Family to the Townsend folks.. I look forward to using your products!
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I'm not particularly fond of Slate, his demeanour and marketing mumbo-jumbo. A few quality products, but in general, meeh. But I too looking at the his mic modeller offering, but hands down I trust UAD a million times over, especially in the modelling department.
I mean, it there really anyone out there with more modelling experience than UAD?
Congrats Townsend, very glad this is coming out. Super excited to hear it!
This is TOTALLY my question. There are TONS of cheap mics - under $2500 mics - that have capsules that seem to collapse when you hit them hard. They "pinch"...If this is a $300 787 mic, then it will pinch - and in turn ever emulation will pinch. But hey - I'd love for that not to be the case. In the real world examples I've heard of the Slate mic, it seems pretty sibilant to my ears.