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ACQUA - Aquamarine3

Aquamarine is a high-end mastering unit equipped with powerful features. The first compressor is a smooth and warm sounding Opto style compressor. Simple to use with just a threshold and gain makeup, it is great at effortlessly controlling the dynamic range of the signal. The second compressor is a punchy Discrete VCA-style dynamic processor which can go from a subtle 1.2:1 ratio for gentle control, to a savage ‘Flood’ limiter, to be used for creative compression effects. The Discrete VCA section can suit many situations and the attack time has been improved to reach almost zero. Aquamarine also features a high pass filter to control the compressor's response to bass frequencies and a mix control which builds on the original unit’s functionality by providing onboard parallel compression.


A switchable input transformer provides three tonal variations: 'P-1' the same vintage preamp of PURPLE P-1, cleaner. 'Bronze' the most colored followed by 'Silver' and 'Gold', each with a slightly different frequency response and saturation characteristics. To build on the original, we have provided AQ3 with a preamp ‘off’ setting, which combined with the mix control will provide options to make it even more attractive to mastering engineers who are looking for a lighter touch.



  • Variable speeds on vector nodes improving the sound quality of the compressors and allowing to reach very fast speeds and precision.
  • Envelope followers based on control sources.
  • Queue messages used for several widgets like knobs improving the behavior, control, and stability of plug-ins.
  • Hidden components fault-tolerant inside nebula/acqua engine to minimized crash/bugs.
  • New wrapper to get better-balanced AAX format
  • Several minor fixes and improvements (about trimming, sample rate conversion, distribution of sample rate packs, fixes on loaded program rate).
  • This engine is linked to Nat4 to allows the full automatic compressor sampling.
  • Switchmode optimization reducing CPU loading
  • Lazy loading pattern introduced to improve the loading of vectors


Operating System Windows7 Windows10 OS X 10.8 OS X 10.10
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 150 Mb 150 Mb 150 Mb 150 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 - Aquamarine3

  • LIST PRICE: €199.00
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