Slate Digital ML-2 Small Diaphragm Modelling Microphone

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The ML-2 small diaphragm microphone is capable of recreating the tone of an entire mic locker of instrument mics - including dynamics like the 57 and 421, cardioid models of classic ribbons like the 121, other famous small diaphragm mics like the 451 and 222, and even large diaphragm mics like the famous 414 and tube 67.

Like its big brother the ML-1, the ML-2 was designed to have an ultra linear response with no distortion, so that it can serve as a blank canvas for Slate Digital's modeling software.

Even the most expensive small-diaphragm microphone designs saturate when micing very loud and transient-rich sources like close mic'd drums. Therefore, a proprietary switch was added on the ML-2 called "Dynamic" which attenuates the mic's output and repolarizes the capsule, allowing the ML-2 to be used in extremely high SPL situations without overloading or saturating. As a result, it can be used just like a dynamic mic on drums, guitar cabs, and more.

LATENCY FREE PROCESSING

The ML-2 comes with a full plugin suite that contains 18 different microphone emulations. None of these add any latency to the audio signal, so you can track through the software without any audible monitoring delay. To accomplish this, Slate recommends using a Thunderbolt or fast USB interface, recording at 96khz with the lowest buffer size possible.

Speaking of interfaces, while there are many options on the market to choose from, the Slate Digital VRS8 should be at the top of your list of converters to consider. With the lowest latency of any native interface and eight VMS-One Ultra Linear microphone preamps, you'll get the highest quality and performance possible and your ML-2's microphone emulations will perform as designed.

YOUR NEW MIC LOCKER INCLUDES:

S-57 Vintage
This model is a recreation of an early 80's dynamic 57, perhaps one of the most famous dynamic microphones in audio history. It's known for its punchy midrange and smooth top end, which is why it is a top choice on guitar and snare drum.

S-57 Modern
A brand new dynamic 57, this mic sounds very similar to the vintage model but with slightly smoother mids and more sizzly highs.

S-222
This is a model of a famous small-diaphragm tube mic. It's bright but not harsh, with a smooth mid-range and flat low end. It's idea for drum overheads, acoustic guitars and string instruments.

S-121 Normal
This is a cardioid model of the classic ribbon mic. Like the real thing, it has fat lows and slightly dark highs, making it perfect on horns, strings, room mics, guitar cabs and overheads.

S-121 Dynamic
This emulation is the same source microphone as the S-121 Normal, only it has been optimised for use with the ML-2 when it's in Dynamic mode. Use this model and the ML-2's Dynamic mode when micing very loud sources.

S-421
Another classic dynamic mic, this model is perfect on toms, kick, guitar cab, bass cab, and horns. It has thick low mids and punchy lows.

S-414 Normal
This is a model of one of the most famous FET large-diaphragm mics. It has clear punchy mids, slightly extended highs, and a very fat low end. It's perfect on overheads, guitar cabs, bass cabs, toms, and horns.

S-414 Dynamic
This emulation is the same as the S-414 Normal, only it has been optimised for use with the ML-2 when it's in Dynamic mode. Use this model and the ML-2's Dynamic mode when micing very loud sources.

S-47F
This famous German FET microphone is know for round highs, fat mids and huge low end. It's a standard for kick drum and bass cab, but also sounds great on toms.

S-67
This is actually a model of a large diaphragm tube mic. It has smooth and slightly dark highs, thick mids, and big lows. Great on room mics, overheads, toms, snare, guitars basses, and everything else!

S-451
This is a model of a famous small-diaphragm condenser that is smooth and clear, with a beautiful high end. It's great on snare, overheads, hi-hat, toms, guitar cabs if paired with one of the dynamic models.

S-7
This is a dynamic mic that became famous as a broadcasting microphone, but its present mids make it ideal for all sorts of instruments such as kick, toms, snare, guitars, bass and more.

S-112
This is a model of a famous kick drum microphone. It has a classic "bouncy" midrange and fat low end.

S-12
This is a model of a vintage kick drum microphone. It has a crisp top, fat low mid, and warm bottom end.

S-Custom Snare
This is a modified version of the S-57, with added curves from famous EQ's to enhance the sound, producing the ultimate polished snare sound.

S-Custom Tom
This is a modified version of the S-421 that adds more highs and lows, and has less low mid, creating the ultimate tom sound for both rack and floor.

S-Custom Kick
This is a modified version of the S-12 that adds more attack and punch, with less low mids and more defined lows.

S-E20
This is a model of a dynamic microphone that became popular in the seventies. It has a very even frequency response while remaining fat-sounding, so it can be useful on all sorts of different sources - from vocals and electric guitar to kick drum.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum System Requirements
• Quad Core i5 Processor
• 4GB of RAM
• Mac OS X 10.7 or Later
• Windows 7 & Above
• iLok 2 or 3 Required

Recommended System Requirements
• Quad Core i7 Processor
• 8GB of RAM
• Mac OS X 10.9 or Later
• Windows 7 & Above
• iLok 2 or 3 Required

Supported Plugin Formats
• Intel Mac 32bit: VST2, VST3, AU, AAX
• Intel Mac 64bit: VST2, VST3, AU, AAX
• Windows 32bit: VST2, VST3, AAX
• Windows 64bit: VST2, VST3, AAX

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I have owned one for almost a year. I own 2x VRS8 racks, 3x ML-1, and just picked up 3 more ML-2 to try mic'ing kick and toms in a recent session and I'm sold. I'm about to buy 5 more ML-2 to replace all my other mics. It just makes sense. The models are great...so many to choose from, hoping to see even more coming (like Audix i5, Neumann 84, Senn 906...) Do they sound like the real thing? Not sure...I don't own the mics they are modelled after...but I don't think I need to now.
Posted by Dave S on Jul 26, 2020
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