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FG-116 Blue Series FET Compressors

Compressor by Slate Digital

Mike perkins
"VMR is so incredibly versatile now. I love the punch of the 116 blue, and the Air & Earth are really handy to have in the rack.
Miles Perkins. Kontrabassist, Singer, Guitarist, Pedal Steeler from Canada, who has appeared on over 30 albums by artists including by Lhasa de Sela, Benoit Delbecq, and The Barr Brothers.
Travis huff
"The modern blue on circuit 1 sounds like the realest 1176 I've ever heard."
Travis Huff. Recording engineer / producer / mixer / programmer for artists such as Pop Levi (Ninja Tune).

Introducing the Slate Digital FG-116 Blue Vintage & Blue Modern FET Compressors. These compressors are really cool and both the vintage and modern add extremely useful new features that the hardware does not have and that’s a high-pass side chain filter and of course a parallel mix knob.


FG-116 Blue Vintage recreates the sound of two “rev A” FET compressors. Both compressors sound rich, colorful, and musical.

Circuit 1 has the classic ‘mid forward’ character that has made the blue striped FET compressors so famous. It adds a wonderful coloration to the upper mids especially, and adds a warm presence to vocals, bass, drums, and guitars. Compared to the Black 116, it will have a softer top and bottom end, and more articulate transients due to the harmonic distortion in the midrange.

Circuit 2 is modeled after a “rev A” unit that had been updated and refurbished, and had a very unique and musical sound. Compared to Circuit 1, this model has much bigger lows and smoother mids and highs, making it sound quite stunning on drum room mics as well as vocals that need to have more bigness and don’t require the midrange push of Circuit 1.

Both Circuits have a Hi Pass Detective Filter that allows the lows to pass through uncompressed, which can sound really musical on a drum buss. Finally, the Mix/Knob allows you to parallel compress right inside the module, which is an ideal way to use this type of compression.


FG-116 Blue Modern is a custom revision of the classic FET compressor that offers two unique circuits that blend the old school tone with new school topology. The output transformers have been cleaned up so that it will have no output saturation, and the attack has been decoupled from the release so that it can be set much slower than the hardware for more transient articulation. Both circuits of the Blue Modern sound hifi, punchy, musical, and yet, they still can achieve the classic aggressive tone that makes the FET compressors so famous.

Circuit 1 is somewhat similar to the Vintage in that it will have a bit of a forward sounding character, but it is much cleaner and more pristine. The attack is slow enough that this compressor can sound amazing on close drum mics with the slowest attack and fastest release. Try it on a snare to bring out the punch while extending the decay. The mix knob works great in this situation where you can slightly overcompress and dial it back. On bass you can get a very edgy sound on this same setting. By backing down the release you’ll start to tighten up the sound which can be great on kick drum.

Circuit 2 will have a more breathable and punchy low end and overall smoother response on the top end. It sounds amazing on drum buss with the Hi Pass filter engaged, and even full mixes can really benefit from this musical compressor! Yes, with the Blue Modern, with the attack on the slowest and release on fastest, then with the HP filter on, you can use it on full mix and compress about 10db, then back off the mix knob to about 25% for a seriously incredible energy and excitement. Even in combination with another mix buss compressor like FG-Grey or FG-Red. This setting will be really great on a lot of mix material in all genres. Try it on electronic drum beats too to make them pound out of the speakers.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Quad Core i5 Processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or Later
  • Windows 7 & Above
  • iLok2 Required

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Quad Core i7 Processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or Later
  • Windows 7 & Above
  • iLok2 Required

Supported Plugin Formats:

  • Intel Mac 32bit and 64bit: AAX, VST2, VST3, and AU


  •  An iLok2 is required for authorisation, refunds will not be granted for customers who purchase and do not own one.
  • A Virtual Mix Rack Licence is also required to authorise the FG-116 Blue Bundle Licence.

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