As an offshoot of the current thread about the Slate VCC collection, I thought I'd experiment a bit and post a mix I did recently, using the Slate VCC on the 2-bus. Surprisingly, I ended up choosing the Trident setting, with input levels set at +3 and the Drive setting at +2. It seemed to give me the nicest balance of overall warmth and clarity. I suppose I could have thickened it up if I had driven it harder, but this setting sounded the best, to me anyway. I tried the Neve, SSL and API settings... The Neve was almost too warm, rounding out the bottom end to where it sounded a bit too thick. The SSL had a nicer definition on the lower end, but lacked punch in the mids. I really like the API setting for tracks like guitars and kick/snare, it seems to make things "pop" more than the other settings, but on this, it "popped" a little too much LOL for what I wanted to hear. The other remaining choice was the RCA Tube Console setting, and it was just too "thick" and lacked "silk" in the highs.. anyway... here's a mix with the VCC Trident on the 2-bus. Written by me, I also did backing vox, guitars, bass, drums. Terry Fairfax on lead vocals and keys.