FG-Stress $199

Computer Music - - Reviews / Cm Awards 2018 - Web slate­dig­i­tal.com For­mat Mac/PC

Per­haps the most clas­sic of mod­ern clas­sic com­pres­sors, the Em­pir­i­cal Labs Distres­sor has played a part in count­less com­mer­cial pro­duc­tions. Slate’s soft­ware em­u­la­tion of it isn’t the only plugin on the block, but is one of the clos­est to the real thing in sound and re­sponse terms, with all eight of the Distres­sor’s defin­ing Ra­tio set­tings (in­clud­ing the 10:1 ‘opto’ op­tion) and both flavours of dis­tor­tion per­fectly cap­tured. We’d like to be able to run it on its own (rather than fir­ing up the Vir­tual Mix Rack con­tainer ev­ery time), but FG-Stress is still one of Slate’s best so far.

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