ACQUA - Cola2


The centerpiece of this plugin suite is a beautiful emulation of a rare vintage British console from 1972, used to shape the immortal sound of iconic albums by AC/DC, Queen, The Clash, Sex Pistols and many more.
Our emulation embodies the essence and the behavior of this sexy beast - a fully discrete, class A console with mastering grade inductor Eq's on each channel and a 44-Volt audio power supply that gives it a smooth and clear sound with big and solid bass, low noise and lots of headroom.

In addition to this beautiful console, we have emulated some extremely refined and very rare pieces of gear to accurately deliver the classic tone that can be found at of Vox-ton's (

Vox-Ton is a fully analog recording studio based in Berlin, Germany, run by skilled engineers Francesco Donadello and Niels Zuiderhoek.

Acustica and Vox-Ton studio joined forces for this exciting project to give you one of the best ‘Vintage’ plugin suites ever created in the digital domain.

The Cola2 suite consists of:

  • Cola2 C-228  (Vintage 3-Band Inductor Equalizer with High-pass and Low-pass Filters ).
  • Cola2 C-415  (Vintage Valve Pre / 3-Band Passive Equalizer).
  • Cola2 C-1671 (Vintage Germanium Graphic Equalizer ).
  • Cola2 C-505 (Vintage Discrete Compressor/Limiter).
  • Cola2 Channel-strip (Channel strip that includes some of the previously cited standalone plugins).

Each plug-in included in the Cola2 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 Cola2 user's manual in the Overview section.


Cola2 C-228

If you are not familiar with this unit, then you should know it’s one of the best consoles ever manufactured by a celebrated British company founded in 1968  - with a long history of excellence in the world of recording, touring and theater. The Cola2 228 Vintage EQ plug-in is a faithful emulation of one of the best desk models of this company. It includes several controls and is amazingly intuitive to use.



Cola2 C-415

Cola2 C-415 is an plugin emulation inspired by a British valve mic-amp/mixer from the 1950/60s used by producer Joe Meek to which we have added an entire and authentic collection of vintage preamps, an accurate end-to-end circuit emulation of the bass, mid and treble EQ sections, taking inspiration from his big brother, namely the 4M/15W model. These units have gained a 'cult' status in the vintage recording world. They were used on many legendary records from the '50s and '60s and used extensively at famous studios for film productions.



Cola2 C-1671

Cola2 1671 is a 9-band graphic EQ based on a rare discrete germanium equalizer introduced in U.K. in the early 1960s. This highly appreciated solid-state device employed germanium transistors and came with a remote controller. This machine was an integral part of the outboard setup of many recording studios in the middle of the 60s/70s and was used for many famous musical productions. The great engineer Neil Kernon recalls: “we had racks of these Eqs back in the day”. He used them all the time for doing extreme Eqing"



Cola2 C-505

Cola2 A505 is a versatile limiter/compressor plugin that provides the distinctive controls of the original British discrete transistor hardware, which is well-known for adding punch on busses and individual tracks. This compressor is super rare. In fact, we suspect that only 4 were custom-built for the historic PYE Recording Studio in London. It features Marinair ins and outs, an S7C transformer and a mix of discrete class-A transistors and some of the first OPamps ever developed.

Cola2 - Update (Release G011) - What's new?

With this Cola2 update, and from release G011 onwards, you can now enjoy significant new features for better performance and sound quality.

New features

  • New ‘Hyper’ Comp / Brickwall emulations added.
  • New ‘Hyper’ engine.
  • Improved audio quality thanks to the oversampling available in the Cola 2 compressor standalone plug-in (1x, 4 x, 8x).
  • Less CPU consumption.
  • Minor bug fixing

New Hyper engine

Our standard compressors run at 22kHz regardless of sample rate or oversampling; this implies that the reduction, attack, and release curves are not calculated for every sample but for every 'n' samples, where 'n' depends on the sample rate.
For example, on fast transients, the input level is evaluated correctly; however, the reduction is calculated after 'n' samples, so the signal containing the transient is not compressed in time, and the transient "escapes" compression.
Now, this new Hyper compression tech calculates the amount of compression and the attack and release curves at each sample, so compression is applied immediately and no longer after 'n' samples.
The speed of these new compressors can be further increased by oversampling while keeping the power consumption at 1/12th of our standard compressors.



For details about the installation/authorization process please refer to this page

Technical Specs

  • Available sample rates (Commercial): 44.1kHz | 48kHz | 88.2kHz | 96kHz
  • Available sample rates (Trial): 44.1kHz | 96kHz


All updates and bug fixes will be available inside Aquarius under the 'Updates' section.
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ACQUA - Cola2

  • LIST PRICE: €159.00