Some major news from Slate Digital: they’ve released Trigger 2.0, an AAX 64-compatible version of Virtual Buss Compressors, as well as some news on the future.

Trigger 2.0

Trigger 2.0 is the follow up to Slate’s original drum replacement plugin. Here are some details about Trigger in case you’re not familiar with it.

TRIGGER has a phase accurate multi layered triggering engine. This means that in one instance of the plugin, you can seamlessly trigger 8 stereo samples simultaneously such as a close mic sample, stereo overhead sample, and a stereo room mic samples. Or, mix many direct mic samples to develop your own custom unique sounds. This multi channel triggering functionality allows the user to recreate the sound of natural drums with real multitracked samples. Each sample layer has parameters for customization such as velocity and dynamic control, attack, sustain, release and independent levels. Other features include 2 detection modes, MIDI in/out, automation of detecting parameters, up to 127 different articulations per instrument, up to 127 velocity layers per instrument and up to 127 alternation hits per velocity layer, and a unique “Leakage Suppression” function. Trigger Platinum also contains a transient triggered gate that is the ultimate tool for cleaning up drum tracks with excess leakage.

And more…

Trigger has the unique functionality to be set in a way that in can automatically be instructed to NOT trigger certain leakages on a drum track using its Leakage Suppression mode. Using the Leakage Suppression technology you can trigger a drum track with 100% accuracy even if this drum track has many loud bleeds from other drums.

Trigger comes stock with a library of the Steven Slate Drums drum samples but can also load expansion libraries such as Steven Slate Deluxe, Chris Lord Alge, and Terry Date.

TRIGGER Platinum instrument library contains more than 2.3 GB of high-quality 24 bit samples compressed using TRIGGER lossless sample compression (6 GB uncompressed). TRIGGER Platinum instrument library includes: 46 snares (including 2 high-detailed Deluxe snares with adjustable overheads and 12 alternation hits per each velocity), 33 kick drums (including 2 Deluxe kick drums), 8 sets of toms.

TRIGGER EX instrument library contains 10 snares including 1 from the Deluxe set and the “Old Zep” snare, 9 kick drums (including the modeled “Old Zep” and “ToneDef”), and 3 sets of toms. All samples are high-quality 24 bit samples compressed using TRIGGER lossless sample compression.

Slate and 64-bit AAX

As mentioned, Slate Digital VBC is now available in AAX 64-bit format. This is of course excellent news for ProToolers who’ve made the jump to 11. But what about the other plugins?

Here are some news from the horse’s mouth:

VTM – This plugin is likely next in line, and we’re making great progress.

SSD4 – This is also making great progress, and will see an update in around 30 to 60 days

VCC – This is a very difficult port due to the complex communication system and because we are fixing some internal issues, but we have some ideas that will help speed the process up quite a bit. We will be implementing these ideas next week. We know how many of you rely on this plugin, and we are doing everything possible to expedite the 64bit AAX delivery.

FG-X – This is our most complex plugin to port to the new framework. There are several reasons behind this. It was our very first plugin and the code is not nearly as efficient as our newer plugins, and therefore it is being completely rewritten for our new framework so that the updated plugin will have a dramatic decrease in CPU hit, and also work even better.

Also, expect an announcement about future plugins at AES.