I suggest to hit the plugin below -18dB. For a vocal track this is pretty a consequence. -18dB is the nominal 0dB level on the real hardware. This could be an explanation for such different opinions (amazing <-> nasty). From my point of view acquavox is simply an experiment: we are refining an engine (audio+graphic) aimed to new products: they could be desks, tapes, eq, and much more. We are testing this website as distribution point, everything is developed in this direction.
i like it by the way where are the xml located at for win 7,great job .i didn't get the crackle since i learn a long time ago to dip the input source for my daw or am i tlking crap.but i really like this thanks again
So if I understand it right, you mean that : -18dBFS equals 0dBVU of AcquaVox ?
That means that over -18dBFS we are overloading it, which can lead to nasty artifacts.
So the best use would be for example to put a -24dBFS signal and add some +6dB of "Drive" to expect good/great results depending of the quality of the source material, of course.
Is that right or am I totally wrong...
Thanks for reading and for the explanations.
All The Best, Jay Key
0dB VU != 0dBFS
VU is 'loudness' scale (a sort of average), so going over 0 does not immediately distort (since VU was mostly used in analog systems the amount over 0 you could go varied from unit to unit). You don't use 0 as the absolute peak on a VU meter.
FS, however, is the digital absolute peak. You don't want to exceed that.
I haven't played with the Acquavox, but I think what's been said is that if your VU (average) dB are too high it can cause the unit to break up, similar to how analog behavior would work. But that's different than exceeding the digital peak (which should also distort although I'm not sure if that's true in a 32/64FP environment or not).