Or...the other way around! Listening "blindly" between 'VBC like TEST_NEBULA' and 'VBC like TEST_VBC' my ears like the Nebula-version best.I just can't believe how close you got!!! Thank you for taking the time to do this, really an eye-opener!
Interestingly, if you listen to the snare in those two sound clips the Nebula version gives a more firm snare sound (which I really like) while the snare in the Slate-version kind of "splashes" more (sorry, english is not my first language..!). The low ringing noise in the drum set is also more prominent in the Slate version, which I think is not preferable. However I think the kick sound in both examples are quite similar.
@ kels: In the pdf I can see that you have placed the LA-preamp after the slick compr and TNT limiter. Why? Do you get another tone? I don't have the TNT or LA-preamp (yet!) so I can't test it myself.
Edit: aha, got it, saw this text over at CDSoundmaster:
"Use this collection after your favorite software LA-2A compressor/limiter to get the complete sound of the real hardware. This fulfills the complex, rich audio texture of the real hardware with its natural frequency range and harmonic distortion over multiple dynamic volume layers. "
It also says [MASTER TRACK 3/4], it there a fourth instance in your Nebula chain (there are only three showing in the pdf)?
Thanks again for showing how to get this great drum sound!