Aquamarine4 (AU, VST, AAX) is a high-end mastering and mixing plugin suite which is ideal on virtually all kinds of musical genres thanks to its extended versatility. It includes a monster compressor that we sampled from one of the most highly regarded - and not exactly cheap - units on the market - featuring a smooth and warm sounding Opto comp section and a super punchy, discrete VCA-style dynamic processor which can go from a subtle 1.2:1 ratio - for a gentle dynamic massage - to savage ‘Flood’ limiting, for more creative compression effects.
The discrete VCA section can invariably suit many different scenarios, plus the attack time has been exaggerated to reach almost zero. Aquamarine also features a high-pass filter allowing you 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.
Aquamarine4 now features an astoundingly precise recreation of an American ultra-rare passive equalizer from the 1950s. And when we say 'ultra-rare' we say it for a reason. The owner of this unit, which we sampled in Berlin, explained how only a few of these beasts - possibly less than 5 - can still be found in good working order. We don't know how the others sound like compared to the one we are bringing you this time and if they present any differences due to component variations or simply due to maintenance. What we know, though, is that the DNA of Aquamarine's EQ is the exact same one as its hardware counterpart and we like to consider it a tribute to this iconic piece of engineering.
The Aquamarine suite includes:
Each plug-in included in the Aquamarine 4 suite comes in a “Standard” version and an alternative “ZL*” version which operates at *zero latency and is thus suitable for use when tracking, at the cost of extra processing resources. For further details consult the Aquamarine 4 user's manual in the Overview section.
For details about the installation/authorization process please refer to this page
All updates and bug fixes will be available inside Aquarius under the 'Updates' section.