Steven Slate with his Bricasti
Designs Model 7 Stereo Reverb
Los Angeles, CA (December 19, 2008)–“My passion for drum sounds became clear early in my mixing career,” recalls Steven Slate Drums (SSD) founder Steven Slate, whose punchy and drum-heavy mixes resulted in his nickname, “Bang.” Slate’s search for an external reverb processor led him to Bricasti Design’s Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor.
SSD is probably best known for its Signature DrumKits included in the collection, which are authentic models of some of the most classic drum sounds from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Steely Dan and Metallica. The new Signature DrumKits 2.5 features samples of up to 40 drums kits available on a series of DVDs, and is designed for standalone 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,” says Slate. “People like [mix engineer/producer] Jay Baumgardner, who 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–that was the primary reason for me buying one of my own,” Slate adds. “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.”