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ACQUA - Gold2 (Trial)

Gold2 is a VST/AAX/AU plugin bundle, the latest suite conceived, designed and created by Acustica Audio.
The realization of GOLD2 is the result of our continuous search for vintage and rare outboard processors and our desire to achieve the utmost perfection in our emulations. This bundle represents a one-stop-shop solution for any lover of the sound of the legendary vintage British consoles. The rarity of the emulated devices, the detail of the emulations, and the superb design make this plug-in as precious as pure gold..

This brand new 2nd edition of the GOLD plug-in series includes: 6 different equalizers (one more than the previous version), 2 extremely rare compressors, 7 preamplifers (for a total of 15 preamplifiers available inside GOLD2PRE 'standalone version') and a routing control section, making this one of the most comprehensive ACQUA plugins to date.
Hear the magic for yourself!

 

Details

GOLD 2 consists of:

  • GOLD2 (Channel-strip):
  • GOLD2 PRE (standalone preamps module)
  • GOLD2 EQ (Equalizer standalone module);
  • GOLD2 COMP (standalone compressor module);

To help you fully unleash the true potential of your mixes, we have created a BUNDLE which includes each individual module of GOLD 2, giving you the possibility to use each component separately, with a significant saving in terms of CPU. This will help you enhance your mixes greatly with all the quality, versatility and the distinctive sound of Acustica’s plugins. GOLD 2 and its modules have been created to satisfy the  most demanding engineers’ requirements.

For each plugin included in our GOLD2 suite there is a “Standard” version or an alternative “ZL*” version which operates at *zero latency at the cost of extra processing resources and is thus suitable for use when tracking.

Acustica has decided to create an Anthology (Analog Dreamware Anthology) plug-in. It's not just a series of plug-ins: our goal is to provide all customers with a complete collection enclosing all inestimable outboard of the past.. in order to realize our goal we are ready to hunt them down to the ends of the earth.

1. Analog

- About analog modeling
“It’s no secret that the sound of our creations is different from all the others. Better or worse, nobody can deny that they are unique in every respect. Our approach is based on sampling; by using FIR filters we have also a clean, almost alias free signal with a beautiful frequency/phase response up to Nyquist frequency. Long kernels allow to reduce ripple without introducing the typical errors of IIR implementations (no oversampling needed, no decramp filters, no lowpass filters, no phase issues or approximations)”.

2. Dreamware

- What we do
We are finally doing something new: a software which in a certain way is really superior to both a classic software approach (circuit modeling) and an existing real hardware created from a specific design. The first would be sterile; it would sound like a “plugin” because of the usual IIR phase issues and not precise harmonic distortion introduced by "ideal circuit modeling". The second would include many physical world limitations. This is the reason why we don’t use an “algorithmic” approach: Acustica uses ‘samples’ of real gears and the resulting sound proves to be amazingly authentic!

3. Anthology

- How to get the most
Our Anthology captures the spirit and essence of our plug-ins. The goal is to provide all customers with the best collection of vintage commercially available hardware. We are willing to improve our technology day after day, in order to create the most faithful emulations on the market, always aiming to achieve the best possible quality.
 

CORE 12

Core 12 represents a new technological advancement by Acustica:

  • Upgraded SASM (Symmetric & Asymmetric Saturation Modeling) high-performance saturation algorithm;
  • Introduction of a new post-production sample de-noising technology for cleaner deconvolved impulses called STT (Super Transient Technology);
  • Full compatibility with Client/Server architecture integrated by default in Acqua plugins;
  • Engine optimization thanks to a new highly efficient algorithm. This innovative technique is applied to all the deconvolved impulses for further de-noising and subsequent elimination of any incorrect low-level behavior (including the so-called "echo bug").

Core 12 allows for remarkable performance improvements for each plug-in of the Acqua  series, while at the same time preserving all the features already supported in our previous CORE editions.
 

GOLD2 (Trial) is a time-limited, fully functional version of this product; it will expire 30 days after installation.
In order to install GOLD2 (Trial), you need to:

  •  register an account (if you haven't one);
  • click on the "Download" button in this page: a Trial Order will be created;
  • click on the "Download Product" button to access the Installers folder;
  • in order to authorize GOLD2 (TRIAL) you have to upload the Computer Identification file (extension .SER) using the tab below. As a preferred alternative, however, we suggest to use our new application Aquarius (see the User Guide in Aquarius page).

You can find all detailed and technical informations in the User's Manual of each Acqua Effects plugin in Overview section.

PLEASE NOTE: GOLD2 (TRIAL) IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE COMMERCIAL VERSION!
IF YOU PLAN TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH THE STANDARD VERSION OF THIS PLUG-IN AFTER USING THE TRIAL VERSION, PLEASE REMEMBER TO MANUALLY COPY ALL THE SETTINGS OF EACH TRIAL PLUG-IN INSTANCE TO A NEW INSTANCE OF THE COMMERCIAL VERSION BEFORE THE TRIAL’S EXPIRATION DATE.

 

  Windows
 
Mac
 
  Minumum
Recommended
Minumum
Recommended
Operating System Windows7 Windows10 OS X 10.8 OS X 10.11
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 500 Mb 500 Mb 500 Mb 500 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 - Gold2 (Trial)

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