ACQUA - Brown


Brown is a ‘Made in the USA’ suite consisting of four different plugins which include emulations of very rare units from the late 1940s to the present day, as manufactured by great pioneers in the field.
Brown packs emulations of hardware units originally made for the US Army and used in AM radio broadcasts. Eventually, due to their striking sonic character, they became widely used in recording and mixing studios worldwide.

So you can take our word when we say that this plugin suite is all about unique processors, which are extremely hard to come by. No wonder they have been used to grace the sound of immortal records by Frank Sinatra, Beach Boys, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, in studios like Capitol Records, A&M Records, Motown West, Record Plant, and more.

What you get

 Brown includes:

  •  BROWN EQ: Three switchable Equalizers (a 4-band semi-parametric EQ with High and Low-pass Filters, a 3-band inductor based EQ - with a discrete op-amp design and finally a two-band discrete transistor and active inductor EQ derived from historic US-made units from the late 1960s and some classic reissues. It also contains a total of sixty preamp emulations derived from vintage and modern units from the 1940s to the present day.
  • BROWN COMP: An all-tube compressor initially made for the US Army in the ‘40s and ‘50s; it features 3 different switchable dynamic processor emulations (a custom mode, an original model, and a ‘Frankenstein mode by Acustica) their relative preamp emulations.
  • BROWN PRE: Twenty-four Line Preamps, Twenty-four Mic Preamps, and twelve Custom Preamps from different units for a total of sixty preamp emulations.
  • BROWN CHANNEL STRIP: Three switchable Equalizers, an All-tube Compressor with 3 different switchable dynamic processor emulations, and a complete preamps section for a total of sixty preamp emulations.

Each plug-in included in the Brown 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 Indigo user's manual in the Overview section.

Brown EQ

Brown EQ includes three switchable EQs and is a tribute to a prestigious brand of iconic American-made high-quality audio consoles and outboard processors manufactured in the 1960s through to the 1980s for recording and post-production purposes.

A Brief historical note

These iconic creations were used by top film production houses, record labels, and live venues like 20th Century Fox, Universal, Lions Gate Films, Decca Records, Warner Brothers, Motown, Stax, The Hollywood Bowl, and The Grand Ole Opry.
Let’s take a closer look at the EQ models included in Brown:
- EQ Model 444 is a highly transparent 4-band semi-parametric EQ. Its High-pass and Low-pass Filters faithfully recreate an American console used in the movie industry.

- EQ Model 312 is a rare 3-band inductor-based EQ, all discrete op-amp design, manufactured in the mid of 1970s in the USA.

- EQ. Model 511 is a two-band discrete transistor and active inductor-based EQ with a smooth, punchy sound. This emulation is derived from a truly  'juicy' reissue, restoring the spirit and sound of the original consoles that included this EQ and powered some of the hottest hits of the late '60s and early '70s.


Brown Compressor

The Brown Dual-Mono Compressor derived from an All-Tube unit initially made for the US Army in the '40s and '50s for use in AM radio broadcasting. This plugin is equipped with 3 different emulations (Mode):
- COMP1: Derives from a vintage processor that we managed to improve even further, making it even more versatile while preserving the spirit of the original.
- COMP2: This is the original beast. So this emulation has precisely the same features and behaves like it, with 1 ratio settings, 1 attack time (30 ms), and 1 release time (2 sec).
: Here is where things get fun. This is a 'Frankenstein' compressor. After a long period of experimentation, we got it to sound so great that we absolutely wanted to include this as the third option for some serious old-school dynamic euphoria.

Brown Preamp

Brown Pre includes all the preamps we sampled for Brown divided into 3 banks. Thus, you can use and abuse its distinct palette of tones as a 'mojo booster' for your mix.

- LINE: 24 line preamps (Ch.1 through 24)
from a vintage console of a prestigious brand built in Santa Clarita, California, in the '80s. All channels exhibit a slightly different response, which you can use to recreate an authentic analog desk experience in the box.

- MIC: 24 mic preamps (Ch.1 through 24) derived from the same console.

- CUST: 12 different 'colored' preamps emulations derived from several vary rare units. More details in the Brown User's manual.

Brown Channelstrip

The Brown Channel strip is the perfect choice for a high-quality vintage-style channel strip to enhance and massage your music. It blends all the great features of the included standalone plugins of this suite.




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  • Type the product name in the 'search' field inside Aquarius to find the '(trial)' version of the product, then click on the thumbnail or 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 the installation/authorization process, please refer to this page.

Technical Specs

  • Core 17
  • Available sample rates: 44.1kHz | 48kHz | 88.2kHz | 96kHz


All updates and bug fixes will be available inside Aquarius under the 'Updates' section.
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ACQUA - Brown

  • LIST PRICE: €229.00