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.
|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.