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ACQUA - Crimson


Crimson is a specialized compression/analog saturation effect unit for Mastering and Mixing engineers who are looking for precise, punchy, clear compression, and a wealth of colorful distortion flavors. Crimson is an absolutely unique plugin, a real gem characterized by a number of surprising features.


It is common belief that software isn’t able to mimic the intricate details of saturation and distortion behavior of overdriven analog devices. CRIMSON finally debunks this myth once and for all. It is the result of a long technical research and we firmly believe that it will eventually become an irreplaceable tool in your audio processing arsenal.

Crimson is a powerful and complex processor and we suggest you read the manual to learn how to get the most out of its many versatile functions.
A thorough understanding of this innovative and unique plug-in is highly recommended in order to explore all its radical sound-shaping possibilities.
CRIMSON is the perfect choice for those who intend to bring warmth and character to any purely digital recording. Thanks to our state-of-art sampling technology, you now have all the sonic palettes of an overdriven hardware unit in a convenient plug-in format!

 CRIMSON suite includes:

  •     CRIMSON (Channel-strip)



  • Create a user account (if you do not have one yet) on our website
  • Download and Install Aquarius, our products manager, for either Mac or PC
  • Log in to Aquarius using your user email and password
  • Type the product name in the 'search' field inside Aquarius to find the '(trial)' version of the product, then click on the thumbnail or on 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 authorise the trial product automatically
  • Run your DAW. You're set!


  • The old trial authorisation method - which required the 'LASTTRIALS' code - is now obsolete and each trial version of a product can be easily downloaded/installed directly from Aquarius, for a more streamlined process
  • Should you see an authorisation error, the reason could be that the product has been already authorised too many times and the limit has been reached

For details about installation/authorization please refer to this page


Crimson is based on our Core 11 technology:

  •     Introduction of new Delay and Pre-delay modules;
  •     Client/server architecture supported also in Acqua plugins;
  •     Implementation of High-Efficiency Symmetric & Asymmetric Saturation Modeling (SASM), a new high-performance saturation algorithm/harmonic distortion modeling technology.


Operating System Windows7 Windows10 OS X 10.8 OS X 10.12
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 200 Mb 200 Mb 200 Mb 200 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 - Crimson

  • LIST PRICE: €129.00
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