Slate Digital FG-X Dynamics Rack Plug-in (boxed - includes iLok)

Mastering Plug-in Bundle with FG Level Maximization and FG Dynamics Compression Plug-ins - Mac/PC VST, AU, AAX
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Slate Digital FG-X Dynamics Rack Plug-in (boxed - includes iLok)
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Keeps the Life in Your Tracks!

NOTE: This 32-bit plug-in is incompatible with Pro Tools 11+ and other 64-bit only DAWs. This product also requires an iLok (included) for authorization.

Mix engineers at Sweetwater know that too much compression and limiting will make your tracks sound harsh and wear out the listener's ears. That's why you need Slate Digital's FG-X. This plug-in bundle takes advantage of breakthrough DSP techniques to get your tracks pumping, without causing that lifeless, overly compressed sound. Using "Intelligent Transient Preservation" technology, Slate Digital's FG-X looks ahead at your mix and optimizes its response based on the transient coming up - it's not some one-size-fits-all compressor, it's custom-tailored to make your mix sound its best.

Slate Digital FG-X Mastering Plug-in Bundle at a Glance:
  • Use FG Level to enhance detail and punch
  • Use FG Dynamics for transparent dynamics optimization
Use FG Level to enhance detail and punch

Slate Digital's FG-X includes the FG Level maximization plug-in and the FG Dynamics compression plug-in. With Level, you can use the Transient knobs to fine-tune your mix transients. Use the"Launch" parameter to transparently increase your track's punch and dynamics, without unbalancing the mix. The Detail feature helps you add more clarity and focus - ideal for your buried kick or snare sounds. And after the Slate Digital Gain maximizer, you'll want to use the dynamic perception parameter to make your final master sound totally open and punchy. Last up, you can use the "ITP" slider to prevent unwanted distortions or crackles, so you won't get weird artifacts in your masters because a mix has small bursts of low-frequency energy here and there.

Use FG Dynamics for transparent dynamics optimization

What about the FG Dynamics compressor? Slate Digital recognizes that most top-level mastering engineers use very little compression, if any at all. They know that the mix engineer worked hard to get the right color across the mix, so why alter it? Instead, FG Dynamics aims to maintain that quality, offering up incredibly transparent compression that gives you just the right oomph.

Slate Digital FG-X Mastering Plug-in Bundle Features:
  • Includes FG Level and FG Comp plug-ins
  • Uses new "Intelligent Transient Preservation" technology
  • Aims to preserve the dynamic range and punch of tracks
  • Based on years of research analyzing saturation curves
  • FG Level is a maximization plug-in that gives you control over your mix
  • FG Comp is a compressor that's made to sound transparent
Make better masters with the Slate Digital FG-X plug-in bundle!

Tech Specs

Software Type Mastering
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Bit Depth Mac (32-bit), PC (32-bit, 64-bit)
iLok Required Yes, included
Format VST, AU, AAX
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Dual Core Processor or higher, 8GB RAM recommended
Hardware Requirements - PC Dual Core Intel/AMD Processor or higher, 8GB RAM recommended
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number FG-X-BOX

Customer Reviews

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Slate Digital FGX

Really impressed. I never expected the FGX to do so much when it came to improving the sound of a mix.The learning curve was pretty quick and the manual had some very helpful advice on getting started.Both components work as described, the maximizer really does boost the output volume and the compressor is effective and very good quality sound wise. I can't believe this product for the price! Really love having this in my setup.

Switched from Ozone, Waves

There is a bit of a learning curve to this plugin. If you just want to master off of presets alone, this will not do a good job at that. You need to know what you're doing. If you do, this thing opens up a world of possibilities Waves and Ozone mastering plugins simply cannot achieve. And for the money.... Buy it now!
Music background: Mastering Engineer, drummer

A Simple Solution That SOUNDS Great!!!

I've been using the Slate Digital FG-X plugin for over a year now and couldn't be happier! This thing was designed to do one thing (make your music as loud as it can without distortion) and it does so flawlessly! My use for this is simply to let me (and my clients) here what a mix will sound like after mastering compression. Setting aside the 'loudness' aspect of the plugin, the compression algorithms are second to none. Just using the Level section of the plugin to add some mild transient shaping and compression helps tighten my mixes drastically! I've even found that some mixes sound better… after squashing them to smithereens… *gasp*! I'm not sure what kind of voodoo went into making this plugin but it works better than ANY other Mastering Leveler out there. I've tried Waves L series plugins, iZotope Ozone, and a whole bunch of others. The FG-X is easier to use and better sounding than any of them!
Music background: Musician, Song Writer, Mixing Engineer, Live Sound

Keep The Life In Your Mixes

As always, Slate Digital does it again! Use this plug in to keep from killing your mixes while mastering. Get all the level you need without the squish! I use this in my studio, running Studio One Pro 2.6.2 on my Mac. You can always have the peace of mind that you're getting an amazing plug-in with Slate Digital. and to top it all off... you don't have to spend a fortune.
Music background: Professional Audio Engineer

Loud, Loud, Loud!

First and Foremost: I love it! Heck... I gave it a full 5 stars. Secondly: This plug should be used with two things in mind. The first thing is that it's a HOG. If you have a big session with lots of pug-ins, don't just drop this one on the buss. You'll challenge your CPU (or CPU's) to go beyond what it/they can do. The second thing to keep in mind is that this thing is for making stuff "Crazy Loud". If you're mastering a folk band... This might not be the best choice (Although it will work just fine with a more pedestrian setting). I first discovered this Plug while doing a mastering project that initially seemed like a complete impossibility. The bounces that I got from the studio were already quite loud and compressed significantly. On top of that, there had been a limiter on the bus during mix-down. So... I only had about 4db of dynamic range (6db in some cases) to work with. I tried everything I had with no luck and resigned. I literally said "I can't do anything with this". But... After scouring the internet, I found this thing and took the leap. I figured "If it doesn't work for this project, I'll use it on something else and make my money back". Well... It worked great! This thing is all about making Loud source material even Louder. It has controls that other "Mastering Processors" don't have because those processors are designed for something else. This thing is designed to make loud music as loud as it can be. That has become clear to me as I've been using it. I do a lot of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hip Hop Mixing and Mastering. All of these styles require "Maximum Loudness". The FG-X brings the "Loudness". "Loudness" to spare! Here's the deal: You've got a great compressor that's very much like you're favorite "Bus" compressor (33609 or SSL Bus Compressor... Let's say). It sounds great! Then you have this really well put together limiter with controls you wouldn't have thought of like "Low Punch" and "Detail" which make subtle changes to the way the transients are handled. The Limiter has a great feature called "Constant Gain Monitoring" that let's you hear what you're doing against the "Dry" signal at the same volume as the "Dry" signal. Fantastic! Lastly: There's a great meter section that tells you everything you need to know. Awesome! And... On top of all else... There's a dither. This is a great mastering processor for anyone doing anything. However... If you need to make stuff "LOUD"... This is THE mastering processor for you.
Music background: Producer, Mix Engineer, Occasional Recording Engineer (Mostly retired from that), Professional Musician.

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

Slate Digital FG-X is the best software mastering plug-in I've ever used. It's an all-in-one solution for excellent mixes. It sounds REALLY good, is dummy proof, and very useful to the pro or the novice.

Austin Moss

Why are people not talking about this plugin more?! I put the Slate Digital FG-X on my drum bus and got knock like no other. Process or chain of effects I've tried that puts punch on drums like this does. Two control tweaks and boom. Or crack. The other chains had a fair amount of back and forth and parameter interaction. I'm revamping my templates to include this in my default sessions.
See also: Compression Software, Slate Digital, Slate Digital Plug-ins: Dynamics, Slate Digital Mastering Software