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ACQUA - Cobalt

COBALT is a VST/AAX/AU plug-in suite which includes an equalizer, a compressor, a preamp section and, an absolute first for Acustica, a dynamic equalizer. It is based on a series of hand-built vacuum tube processors characterized by a warm, expensive and unique sound.
Thanks to Stefano Dall'Ora (SoundDrops), who is one of Acustica's most invaluable collaborators, and who was directly involved in this project, the Acustica team got in touch with Luca Martegani, aka Xelius. Luca is the manufacturer of an amazing suite of hand-built audio hardware units, characterized by superb sonic characteristics.
The equalizer and the compressor are the elements of this suite that impressed us the most, so we decided to base our new product on both of them.
Building upon these 2 excellent, one-of-a-kind devices, we have decided to create also an “augmented reality” plugin, something that simply doesn't exist in the real world: a vacuum-tube dynamic equalizer. A milestone achievement and a major leap forward for Acustica's analog emulation technology.



Cobalt suite consists of four different plug-ins:




  • Create a user account (if you do not have one yet) on our website
  • Download and Install Aquarius, our products manager, for either Mac or PC
  • Log in to Aquarius using your user email and password
  • Type the product name in the 'search' field inside Aquarius to find the '(trial)' version of the product, then click on the thumbnail or on the 'Install' button. This will take you to the product page (the trial version of a product is also visible in the 'related products' section on the right)
  • Select the right plugin format according to the DAW you are using and click 'Install'
  • Aquarius will download, install,and authorise the trial product automatically
  • Run your DAW. You're set!


  • The old trial authorisation method - which required the 'LASTTRIALS' code - is now obsolete and each trial version of a product can be easily downloaded/installed directly from Aquarius, for a more streamlined process
  • Should you see an authorisation error, the reason could be that the product has been already authorised too many times and the limit has been reached

For details about installation/authorization please refer to this page


COBALT is based on CORE X, a new revolutionary multithreading technology by Acustica:

  • Input level can now exceed +3 dBFS without adverse sonic consequences.
  • New algorithm for hard-clipping.
  • New "Multi-input System" implemented.
  • A New "Blending Algorithm" reduces the number of internal instances, allowing for a significant CPU optimization.


Operating System Windows7 Windows10 OS X 10.8 OS X 10.12
CPU Dual Core Latest multicore CPU (1) Dual Core Latest multicore CPU (1)
RAM 4 Gb 16 GB to 128 GB 4 GB 16 GB to 128 GB
HDD/SDD 2400 Mb 2400 Mb 2400 Mb 2400 Mb
Screen Resolution 1024x768 (XGA) 1920×1080 (HDTV) (2) 1024x768 (XGA) 1920×1080 (HDTV) (2)
Audio Host VST2/AAX 32 bits VST2/AAX 64 bits VST2/AU/AAX 32 bits VST2/AU/AAX 64 bits

(1) Intel Xeon v3 or Intel i7 generation 4 or 6 or newer is recommended.
(2) 3840x2160 UHDTV is also supported.



ACQUA - Cobalt

  • LIST PRICE: €179.00
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