Steven Slate at Slate Studios with his Bricasti Design Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor
Steven Slate (pictured) chose Bricasti Design's Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor for creating realistic-sounding ambience for his firm's drum samples. The M7 features prominently on Signature DrumKits 2.5, the latest release from Steven Slate Drums (SSD), which offers collections of sampled drum and percussion sounds.
SSD's Signature DrumKits include models of classic drum sounds from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Steely Dan, Metallica and more. "My passion for drum sounds became clear early in my mixing career," Slate recalls. "The new Signature DrumKits 2.5 adds to that innovative series with samples of up to 40 drum kits available on a series of DVDs, and designed for stand-alone use or within MIDI-based sequencers.
"When I went looking for additional reverb for these new samples, I began by asking my friends what was the best available reverb processor. People like [mix engineer/producer] Jay Baumgardner—who also owns NRG Recording in North Hollywood—have been raving about the Bricasti Model 7, but I wondered why anybody these days needs to spend close to four grand on an external reverb. When I heard the M7 for myself, I got it! I first tried out the M7 on snare tracks; it added a whole new element that sounds totally amazing.
"The M7 is the best drum reverb I have ever heard," Slate continues. "That was the primary reason for me buying one of my own. So far, we've used that now-famous Model 7 sound to develop the Bricasti Snare Expansion Pack for Signature DrumKits 2.5, using two M7 patches: Hall, with a short RT60 that adds an amazing depth to the sound; and Room, which adds strength to the sound and provides a cool depth to the drums without swamping the final mix. It's a major advantage for our drum-sample collection."
The Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor features True Stereo Reverb Process, a new reverb algorithm that is designed to accurately create true acoustic spaces. The M7 includes more than 100 reverb presets, including Halls, Plates, Rooms, Chambers and Ambient Spaces. The user interface offers a total of 15 Parametric Program Parameters and 50 User Registers; four front-panel "Favorites" enable quick saves and A/B comparisons.
"Each design element of the Model 7 is a carefully considered statement of our vision of what the evolution of reverberation processing in its most classic form can be," says Bricasti Design president and cofounder Brian Zolner. "With a deep appreciation of the best designs which precede it, and a passion for moving the science of reverberation forward, the Model 7 provides a palette of sounds that encompasses the familiar as well as new expressions in the art. Listen to the new reference in reverb processing; it will bring new life to a project in a way unimagined by any process before it."