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Acustica Audio Release ACQUA – Tiger

Acustica Audio have released ACQUA – Tiger, the first Acqua plugin suite in Core 19 based on the Acustica second-generation ‘Hyper’ technology encompassing a superlative collection of Acustica’s most renowned compressors. It’s available at the intro price of €139.00, increasing to €209.00 after the promotion. The offer ends February 15th.

Tiger is not a compressor trying to imitate a specific vintage item. The idea is to have a chameleon-like object that tries to imitate them all, overcoming the limitations of each. If you want a replica of a specific product, we certainly have a particular thing that is more relevant in our catalog. We did not include final clippers and brick-wall limiters in the signal path so as not to replicate the functionality of other products: the result would have been to complicate it unnecessarily and duplicate functionality already found elsewhere.

Tiger includes two different GUIs to choose from:

  • TIGER & TIGER MIX: plugins based on a 3D ‘Acustica’s classic-style’ GUI.
  • TIGER ‘Flat’ & TIGER MIX ‘Flat’: plugin versions based on a 2D ‘modern-style’ GUI.

Features include:

  • Tiger includes four different plugins to choose from (‘Tiger flat’ and Tiger; ‘Tiger Mix flat’ and Tiger Mix).
  • Tiger implements a long list of compression curves accurately sampled from the best analog compressors and software. We have found that this is a relatively rare added value in software implementations (often, these curves are clean, synthesized, modified, and are not the actual result of a sampling operation). In this respect, Tiger copies Ash’s strategy for clippers, but in the realm of compression.
  • Tiger implements the shapes of attack and release curves (ATTACK and RELEASE) in the detectors from the best HARDWARE we have measured over the years. The multi-segment shapes endow the product with program-dependent characteristics (auto-attack and auto-release on steroids).
  • Tiger implements in its detectors modulators of the shape for attack and release times (ASHMOD, RSHMOD) coming from the best SOFTWARE (yes, this time software as well) and hardware attack and release curves we have analyzed. It’s the first time we have introduced release modulation in one of our products.
  • Tiger implements a HOLD functionality for both the attack and the release (this combined presence is also quite rare in software compressors).
  • Tiger implements multiple variable-weighted detectors for handling transients simultaneously concerning the rest of the signal (this is also a program-dependent feature).
  • Tiger implements a concept of a managed fast compressor and slow compressor to balance aggressive and soft compressions within the same pattern precisely.
  • Tiger implements an integrator (POWER) in the detectors to parametrically manage transient response speed. In contrast to a purely PEAK or RMS compressor, Tiger can represent compressors that implement detectors based on variable-pitch RMS power measurements.
  • Tiger implements a circuit in the sidechain path (DEEP SPACE) dedicated to optimizing distortion in the presence of fast time constants.
  • Tiger implements a true look-ahead on the attack (thus independent of the release) that can optimize distortion in the presence of fast time constants.
  • Tiger implements a relatively comprehensive sidechain equalizer based on a high-pass filter and a dual semi-parametric peak or shelf-type equalizer and accepts external sidechains.
  • Tiger implements sophisticated oversampling (which has become a distinctive feature in the latest products we have released), characterized by a particularly transient-friendly impulse response and zero phase alteration.
  • In each signal path, each dynamic element is independent of the input channels (in fact, Tiger consists of 6 separate compressors).
  • Tiger implements an intuitive morphing control (MORPH) that allows each of Tiger’s dynamic elements to be seamlessly transformed from a compressor to a limiter to a saturator while simultaneously handling the stereo-link intuitively.
  • Tiger implements skins with 3D graphics and flat 2D graphics for lovers of fast and intuitive interfaces. The interface is highly responsive, with a sidechain path, signal delta, and bypass listening.
  • Tiger also implements low-latency versions (especially without oversampling, as the latency is relatively low), especially for the TIGER MIX version, designed for tracking.
  • Tiger includes Resizable and responsive GUI.
  • Tiger has a great and distinctive sound.

ACQUA – Tiger is available to PC and Mac users (VST2, VST3, AU and AAX).

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