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Cobalt is an absolute novelty for Acustica, it’s totally different respect other Acqua-plugins suite in every way..

Through Stefano Dall'Ora (SoundDrops), who is an invaluable collaborator of Acusticaudio, and has been deeply involved in the production of this project, the Acustica team came in contact with Luca Martegani, also known as Xelius. Luca is the manufacturer of an amazing suite of hand-built audio hardware, characterized by great sound, quality, and value.
The equalizer and compressor are the elements of this suite that impressed us the most, so we have decided to base our new product on both of them. We have called it Cobalt.

Cobalt is the name of the suite that consists of four different plug-ins:

We have put so much passion in these project and we are very proud  to give you these amazing "endorsed" plugins.

All product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Acusticaudio S.r.l.
Product names are used solely for the purpose of identifying the specific products that were studied during Acustica's sound model development and for describing certain types of tones produced with Acustica-audio’s digital modeling technology. Use of these names does not imply any cooperation or endorsement. Pultec® is a registered trademark property of Pulse Techniques, LLC.

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Cobalt is based on CORE X, the revolutionary upgraded multithreading technology by Acustica.
It is an optimization of Core9 in terms of high performance, it introduces new important features allows to optimize performance of Acqua plug-ins.
Features actually supported in Core X:
  • Internal saturation of the plug-in no longer exceeds +3 dB
  • New algorithm for hard-clipping.
  • "Multi-input system" implemented
  • "Blending algorithm" to reduce the number of istances, it allows significant saving in terms of CPU.

To Authorize Cobalt we suggest you to use our Authorization Manager Application called Aquarius lite.
Click on the following "Aquarius preview" image to direct to your Dashboard and you will find the direct link to downalod it.


Key Features



Below is a brief overview. More details in our user's manual.

Cobalt (EQ)

It is derived from the classic Pultec design with some added custom features, such as the separation of bass frequencies, for example, so that you can choose the Cut frequency independently from the Boost frequency; then we have a High band Boost section with an extremely personal sound, because it’s built only with inductances, instead of the more customary capacitors. Our emulation has preserved all these sound features and we are very proud of the result.

Cobalt Comp

It’s an extremely versatile tube compressor. Thanks to Acustica technology, we have been able to faithfully reproduce the original device. CORE X contributed to create a masterpiece able to reproduce the behaviour of the hardware, and at the same time, it provides a number of plug-ins considerably more tolerable CPU consumption.

Cobalt Pre

Cobalt Pre includes 5 different tube preamps to add great warmth.
They precisely emulate the phase, frequency response and harmonic distortion of their corresponding circuits.
The best use of these colors can only be decided by user on a case per case basis and the engineer’s final judgment should always depend on his/her own ears and imagination.

Cobalt Dynamic Eq

The real novelty of this suite is our Cobalt Dyn EQ (dynamic equalizer), the first of its kind.
Just like with audio productions, our idea was created as a sort of remix of COBALT EQ and COBALT COMP. The result of this is an incredible Dynamic EQ, the first of it’s kind based on sampling characterized from some new and important features.

Thanks to contribution of Giancarlo and Stefano Dall'Ora (SoundDrops), who is an invaluable collaborator of Acusticaudio, and has been deeply involved in the production of this project, we created a new qualitatively unsurpassed plug-in.

COBALT Front Teaser

COBALT Front Teaser

COBALT suite includes:
  • COBALT ZL (zero latency)
  • COBALT COMP ZL (zero latency)
  • COBALT PRE ZL (zero latency)
  • COBALT DYN EQ ZL (zero latency)



*For details please read our user's manual

Sampling rate

  • 44,1 kHz
  • 96 kHz



We are using these terms to define the introductory price of the product. It's a Public Beta Preview. In other words, we provide to the customers
a COMMERCIAL VERSION/ TRIAL VERSION that could be improved and bug fixed within this period.
If you want to be sure that the release is totally safe, you must wait for the pre-order term.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not ensure the complete absence of bugs or the perfect operation of the product.
Before purchasing, we suggest you to download the Trial version to verify the behavior of the plug-in with your system.
Trial products are fully-functional versions of the relative commercial plugin. The trial period lasts 30 days after activation.
CORE X upgrade solves spikes problems and jump volume issues.
We do not take any responsibility for misuse of the product or collateral problems derived from it.
Normally the pre-order period ends within 30 days from the publication of the product page but the period may vary at our discretion.


Sys Requirements

OSX 32 Bit OSX 64 Bit

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 1000 Mb 1000 Mb 1000 Mb 1000 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 VST/AU/AAX 32 bits
VST/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.

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