We went to world-famous NRG Recording Studios to compare the VMS FG-251 and FG-47 to real vintage microphones on male and female vocals, acoustic guitar and drums. Extreme care was taken to ensure that the capsules were aligned for each source during the comparison. The vintage microphones went through a real 1073 preamp (the same one that we used in the modeling process for our FG-73 preamp emulation), while the FG-73 was used in post for the VMS tracks.
NRG owns several U47’s, but one in particular sounded nearly identical to the VMS’s own FG-47 model. This is the same mic that famed engineer Ross Hogarth used for his VMS/47 comparison at NRG a few months ago, only to proclaim he was “blown away.” NRG’s Elam 251 also sounded nearly identical to the VMS’s FG-251 with the intensity set around 125%.
Slate Sales Manager Nicolas Aliberti offered his guitar playing talents for the acoustic comparison. It took us a while to get this one right because he had to be very still and the mics had to be very carefully placed. If one of the capsules was even a few centimeters closer to the sound hole of the acoustic, it would have deviated the low frequencies and made the comparison invalid.