The centerpiece of this plugin suite is a beautiful emulation of a rare vintage British console from 1972, used to shape the immortal sound of iconic albums by AC/DC, Queen, Clash, Sex Pistols and many more.
Our emulation embodies the essence and the behavior of this sexy beast - a fully discrete, class A console with mastering grade inductor Eq's on each channel and a 44-Volt audio power supply that gives it a smooth and clear sound with big and solid bass, low noise and lots of headroom.
In addition to this beautiful console, we have emulated some extremely refined and very rare pieces of gear to accurately deliver the classic tone that can be found at of Vox-ton's (http://www.vox-ton.com/).
Vox-Ton is a fully analog recording studio based in Berlin, Germany, run by skilled engineers Francesco Donadello and Niels Zuiderhoek.
Acustica and Vox-Ton studio joined forces for this exciting project to give you one of the best ‘Vintage’ plugin suites ever created in the digital domain.
WHAT YOU GET
The Cola suite consists of:
Each plug-in included in the Cola suite comes in a “Standard” version and an alternative “ZL*” version which operates at *zero latency and is thus suitable for use when tracking, at the cost of extra processing resources. For further details consult the Cola3 user's manual in the Overview section.
If you are not familiar with this unit, then you should know it’s one of the best consoles ever manufactured by a celebrated British company founded in 1968 - with a long history of excellence in the world of recording, touring and theater. The Cola 228 Vintage EQ plug-in is a faithful emulation of one of the best desk models of this company. It includes several controls and is amazingly intuitive to use.
Cola C-415 is an plugin emulation inspired by a British valve mic-amp/mixer from the 1950/60s used by producer Joe Meek to which we have added an entire and authentic collection of vintage preamps, an accurate end-to-end circuit emulation of the bass, mid and treble EQ sections, taking inspiration from his big brother, namely the 4M/15W model. These units have gained a 'cult' status in the vintage recording world. They were used on many legendary records from the '50s and '60s and used extensively at famous studios for film productions.
Cola 1671 is a 9-band graphic EQ based on a rare discrete germanium equalizer introduced in U.K. in the early 1960s. This highly appreciated solid-state device employed germanium transistors and came with a remote controller. This machine was an integral part of the outboard setup of many recording studios in the middle of the 60s/70s and was used for many famous musical productions. The great engineer Neil Kernon recalls: “we had racks of these Eqs back in the day”. He used them all the time for doing extreme Eqing"
“Although it’s a fantastic all-around Eq, it’s one of my favorites on bass and synths”
Cola A505 is a versatile limiter/compressor plugin that provides the distinctive controls of the original British discrete transistor hardware, which is well-known for adding punch on busses and individual tracks. This compressor is super rare. In fact, we suspect that only 4 were custom built for the historic PYE Recording Studio in London. It features Marinair ins and outs, an S7C transformer and a mix of discrete class A transistors and some of the first OPamps ever developed.
EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH - From Sampling hardware to sampling people through Deep Learning
With Cola, we have introduced a first-of-its-kind in AI-based approaches to mixing. Unlike other companies, who classify audio content (violins, drums, vocals etc.) with the aim of implementing an auto-mix functionality of the software, we have chosen a completely different approach.
We decided to 'sample' the engineer and his or her approach to working on a track. Every mixing move is learned by the plugin based on both the audio material and the personal preference of the engineer using it.
This is achieved using a method based on Deep Learning technology, which allows us to literally teach the plugin the 'secret moves' of a pro. This is all about the style and unique creative approach of every great engineer and not about creating fixed 'presets'. This means the plugin will react differently according to what it 'hears', based on what it has learned from the engineer who has used it.
For Cola, we sat down with Vox-Ton's head engineer Francesco Donadello, and let him use it on some orchestral recordings, whereas we had some fun on the subgroups of some of our mixes. So we basically taught Cola how we do things, in other words, what we like to hear in a mix. Most adjustments were subtle as the material was already pretty balanced but we will definitely try a more aggressive approach to these 'lessons' in the future.
This new tech might not 'immediately' give you the best results - your approach could in fact be the opposite of what some engineers like to do - but it will certainly give you a new perspective on how different people mix the same material.
Of course, this new technology is still in its infancy, we are still working on it, but the first results are very promising indeed. Stay tuned for more.
HOW TO TRY A PLUGIN: TRIAL MODE
For details about installation/authorization please refer to this page
COLA is based on our Core 13 engine:
*Early-access / Crazy-access pricings are introductory, time-limited discount periods during which the plugin may be subject to further refinements and minor updates, for better performance and extended compatibility. All updates and bug fixes will be available inside Aquarius under the 'Updates' section.
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