Fuse Audio Labs releases the VCS-1 All-In Channel Strip

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173 posts since 13 Jan, 2018 from Duesseldorf, Germany

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:08 am

VCS-1 ALL-IN CHANNEL STRIP RELEASE

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COMPLETE, NOT COMPLEX!

If there is a single plugin to take to the desert island, it's the VCS-1. This zero latency channel strip integrates all the tools needed for instant signal enhancement and dynamics control… and then some! Complexity remains under the hood, as the user interface is based on a comprehensive, practical layout which supports a nimble workflow and is easy on the eyes.

POWERFUL PROCESSING TOOLS

The VCS-1 shapes your tones with a triple-topology preamp offering different styles of coloration, wide-ranged high/low pass filters and a full-fledged parametric 5-band EQ. Dynamics are controlled by a luxurious compressor/limiter section and a highly practical gate/expander stage, clearly visualized by a comprehensive gain reduction and level metering panel.

INTEGRATED ROUTING MATRIX

The individual processing sections are enhanced by highly flexible routing options. The filters and the equalizer can operate in stereo or mid/side mode, while the side-chain of the compressor can make use of the filters, the EQ, and external control signals. An additional mix stage allows on-board parallel compression, and every single section of the VCS-1 can be individually bypassed.

GLOBAL LINK GROUPS

The enormous processing power of the VCS-1 is rounded off by its capability of assigning individual plugin instances to virtual groups which share the same parameters all across your DAW, saving tons of time and effort. So, if you're looking for a single plugin to shape and process all of your signals, groups and busses in the most convenient way: Here you go.

ON SALE FOR ONLY $29 ($79 REGULAR) UNTIL DECEMBER 12TH 2021!

Download your fully functional 14-day trial here

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FAQS AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT

An overview of Frequently Asked Questions can be found under the following link

https://fuseaudiolabs.com/faq.html

Our tech support can be reached via the following link

https://fuseaudiolabs.com/support.html

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ZargonTheMagnificent
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104 posts since 17 Feb, 2018

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:10 am

Oh God. Do not need. Want. Do not need. Want.

Somebody test it and tell me it's terrible, please.

db3
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2696 posts since 22 Aug, 2012

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:23 am

At the intro price-point I'm already thinking no brainer. I bet the preamp drive will be worth it alone. Looking forward to trying this later :phones:

oneshotdeal
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439 posts since 18 Apr, 2010

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:26 am

You know you don't need to demo when it's a Dratwa.

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antic604
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11264 posts since 4 Jan, 2017 from Warsaw, Poland

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:28 am

ZargonTheMagnificent wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:10 am
Oh God. Do not need. Want. Do not need. Want.

Somebody test it and tell me it's terrible, please.
Unfortunately it looks pretty great.

The only quick criticism would be with regards to EQ section - I'd rather see the knob faces coloured rather than just the "notch", because it would be much easier to visually locate knobs belonging to same band. You know, like in that other most famous channel strip ;)
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Rickskii
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261 posts since 30 Jan, 2015

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 4:33 am

One of the only dev’s where a 14 day trial seems way too long. Purchased!

kPere
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78 posts since 15 Mar, 2021

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:04 am

Way to go Fuse!!

SiliconDeath
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297 posts since 21 Feb, 2017

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:06 am

Instant purchase for me

fese
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1852 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:01 am

antic604 wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:28 am
ZargonTheMagnificent wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:10 am
Oh God. Do not need. Want. Do not need. Want.

Somebody test it and tell me it's terrible, please.
Unfortunately it looks pretty great.

The only quick criticism would be with regards to EQ section - I'd rather see the knob faces coloured rather than just the "notch", because it would be much easier to visually locate knobs belonging to same band. You know, like in that other most famous channel strip ;)
I tend to agree, especially as there is no additional separation like a thin line, and the Q knobs are alternating on the left and right side. Could probably be easier on the eyes. But judging from the screenshot only so far, so maybe it’s not a biggie in actual use.

Vortifex
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2513 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:22 am

Agree about the EQ dials. I personally find the zig-zag EQ layout quite confusing on the screen, especially in this when the order of the dials alternates between q/freq/db and q/db/freq and it's just a coloured notch to differentiate between dials. It takes away the immediacy you want in an EQ.

Apart from that the overall look is easy on the eyes and the layout is good. Size options are good on my 1920x1080 screen. The preamps are good. EQ and comp sound good. Wishlist: Highpass for the compressor would be great, and the option to double click to reset. I absolutely hate having to alt-click to reset dials, I wish devs would make double click the standard.

Also for some reason FL Studio identifies the VST2 version as both an effect and instrument, not sure why that happens.

sinkmusic
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6708 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from france

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:32 am

Nice.
Is the GUI resizeable?
Is there any preset browser?
I wish there had a couple of compressor models to choose from (like VCA / Opto / Fet).

Ploki
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5252 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:45 am

god. I hate channel strips in general - they dont fit my workflow.
But the orange meters look so much like my RTW plazma i want it for the meters alone
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fese
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1852 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:47 am

Vortifex wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:22 am
Also for some reason FL Studio identifies the VST2 version as both an effect and instrument, not sure why that happens.
Because it's a very musical EQ??

sinkmusic wrote: Is the GUI resizeable?
Yes, as it is usual with Fuse plugins. Five different sizes.
sinkmusic wrote: Is there any preset browser?
No
sinkmusic wrote: I wish there had a couple of compressor models to choose from (like VCA / Opto / Fet).
That would be cool.
Last edited by fese on Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:51 am, edited 1 time in total.

fese
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1852 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:50 am

I have a bit of a problem with the mixer view. It steals the key command <F3> from Cubase, which is the default for opening the mixer windows. If a plugin uses key commands, it would be nice if they were user configurable.

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173 posts since 13 Jan, 2018 from Duesseldorf, Germany

Post Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:53 am

fese wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:50 am
I have a bit of a problem with the mixer view. It steals the key command <F3> from Cubase, which is the default for opening the mixer windows. If a plugin uses key commands, it would be nice if they were user configurable.
You can also use the ‘m’-key instead.

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