Acustica Audio have released ACQUA – Aquamarine 5, a high-end mixing and mastering plugin suite which is ideal on virtually all kinds of musical genres thanks to its extended versatility. ACQUA – Aquamarine5 is available at the intro price of €89.00, increasing to €199.00 after the promotion. The offer ends March 1st.
ACQUA – Aquamarine 5 includes a monster compressor that we sampled from one of the most highly regarded – and not exactly cheap – units on the market – featuring a smooth and warm sounding Opto comp section and a super punchy, discrete VCA-style dynamic processor which can go from a subtle 1.2:1 ratio – for a gentle dynamic massage – to savage ‘Flood’ limiting, for more creative compression effects.
The discrete VCA section can invariably suit many different scenarios, plus the attack time has been exaggerated to reach almost zero. Aquamarine also features a high-pass filter allowing you to control the compressor’s response to bass frequencies and a mix control which builds on the original unit’s functionality by providing onboard parallel compression.
Aquamarine 5 now features an astoundingly precise recreation of an American ultra-rare passive equalizer from the 1950s. And when we say ‘ultra-rare’ we say it for a reason. The owner of this unit, which we sampled in Berlin, explained how only a few of these beasts – possibly less than 5 – can still be found in good working order. We don’t know how the others sound like compared to the one we are bringing you this time and if they present any differences due to component variations or simply due to maintenance. What we know, though, is that the DNA of Aquamarine’s EQ is the exact same one as its hardware counterpart and we like to consider it a tribute to this iconic piece of engineering.
What’s new in Aquamarine 5″
- Improved audio quality thanks to the oversampling inside the compressor.
- New “Hyper” engine.
- New Input – Output – GR meters with numerical values.
- Numerical value parameters of the compressor.
- Various optimizations and graphical improvements.
- Resizable interface (for both Comp and EQ)
- New additional buttons (Bypass LR and DELTA) to the compressor.
- New SATU knob on compressor (Range: 0, +24 dB). Note: input trim acts only on compressor.
- Added Bypass button to the Aquamarine EQ.
ACQUA – Aquamarine 5 is available to PC and Mac users (VST2, VST3, AU and AAX).
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