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ACQUA - Magenta5

A thousand shades of Magenta

Magenta 5 is a powerful VST/AAX/AU plugin suite, possibly one of the best we have ever created.
Imagine being able to fully exploit the authentic sound of analog while having the same amount of control and precision as digital - and more. Not only is Magenta 5 a huge leap forward compared to its predecessor, but it pushes the limits of what technology can achieve in order to give you the exact same sound as its hardware counterparts and even improve on it!

With Magenta 5 we have reached a level of sonic accuracy never heard before, reproducing the same frequency and phase response of the sampled units down to the tiniest variables, which makes the character of these sought-after units so desirable. In fact, we have even improved on some of the inevitable drawbacks and quirks inherent to the original circuit designs, for even more versatility. You can now have all of this at a fraction of the cost of the original hardware price, augmenting the impact of your sound and achieving the desired results quicker than ever.



Magenta 5 works wonders on single sources like drums, percussions, guitars, analog synths, bass and vocals as well as whole mixes, you name it. From hard compression to velvety equalization and tonal shaping, you will be able to give your mix the right “hue”, for a multi-dimensional aural experience your ears will thank you for.


Harmonic EQxtravaganza

It gets even better. Yes, we know you like harmonic distortion. You like the idea of sound traveling through circuitry getting richer, fatter, warmer, coming alive. But how about being able to choose the amount of harmonic content based on what you actually want or need? That’s right. Our technology allows you to separate the harmonic distortion component of the hardware from the response of the EQ section, opening up a whole new world of sonic possibilities not possible in the analog world.


A revolution in the making

Despite the digital revolution in the pro audio industry, many of today's top albums are still mixed using analog outboard gear. Many sound engineers feel that mixing in the analog domain imparts an elusive quality to the overall sound by adding a greater sense of weight, space, dynamics, and tri-dimensionality that digital is simply not capable of.

The sound of analog devices can become very articulate as the initial input signal is changed in many - often very subtle - ways, distortion is added, the frequency response changes, nonlinear saturation may occur. Acustica's exclusive Volterra technology is the only technology that truly captures all these nonlinearities, inherent to the original hardware.

Thanks to our continuous technological refinements, we have managed to convince even the most die-hard fans of analog that now - more than ever - digital is not just a practical solution but it's also a synonym for utmost quality, and we can proudly say that Magenta 5 is evidence of all of this. You can now effectively and creatively "color" your mixes with an almost infinite variety of tonal shades.

Main features

MAGENTA5 is a suite that includes six different plug-ins:

  • MAGENTA5 Channel-strip;
  • MAGENTA5 PRE (Preamps standalone module);
  • MAGENTA5 EQ (Equalizer standalone module);
  • MAGENTA5 EQ STEREO (Stereo equalizer standalone module);
  • MAGENTA5 COMP (Compressor standalone module);
  • MAGENTA5 COMP STEREO (Stereo Compressor standalone module);

For each plugin included in the Magenta5 suite, there is a “Standard” version or an alternative “ZL*” version that operates at *zero latency at the cost of extra processing resources and is thus suitable for use when tracking.



  • 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 authorize the trial product automatically
  • Run your DAW. You're set!


For details about installation/authorization please refer to this page


Magenta 5 is based on our Core 13 engine:

  • Our Core 13 engine improves on the previous version by introducing our new VLA™ technology (Vector Loading Acceleration), which makes the response of the plugin much faster.
  • Upgraded SASM (Symmetric & Asymmetric Saturation Modeling) high-performance saturation algorithm;
  • Introduction of a new post-production sample de-noising tech for cleaner deconvolved impulses called STT (Super transient technology);
  • Full compatibility with Client/Server architecture integrated by default in Acqua plugins;
  • Engine optimization introducing a new highly efficient algorithm. This innovative technique is applied to all the deconvolved impulses for further de-noise processing and subsequent elimination of any incorrect low-level behavior (including the so-called "echo bug").
  • Available sample rates: 44.1kHz | 48kHz | 88.2kHz | 96kHz


ACQUA - Magenta5

  • LIST PRICE: €199.00
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