ACQUA - Diamond - Dynamic Saturator


Studio DMI and Acustica Audio present the “Diamond Dynamic Saturator”.

The newest addition to the Diamond Series of plugins is the perfect emulation of the color and tone combinations of Luca Pretolesi's favorite hardware saturation units in a single plugin. The Diamond Dynamic Saturator is the brand new Acqua plugin (VST/VST3/AAX/AU) in the Diamond series, a powerful saturation product carefully designed for a fast audio mixing workflow based on our 'Hyper' Saturation technology.


This high-performance plugin is the perfect choice for those seeking an innovative Saturator with a distinctive sound, ease of use and an analogue feel above all, perfectly comfortable anywhere in your mix and also suited for master bus applications.

Thanks to its special features, it aims to soon become a standard and a state-of-the-art tool for the pro-audio industry providing the most accurate digital representation of the Studio DMI signature sound, combining specific features of a number of hardware devices into a single, awesome product, capable of excellent performance and sound quality.

Diamond Dynamic Saturator GUI

Key Features

Diamond Dynamic Saturator highlights functions such as

  • Dual saturation stage.
  • NEW ‘Hyper’ saturation tech.
  • High quality linear-phase filters.
  • Mid-side mode.
  • Expansion with 3 levels of density (bypass able).
  • High quality low-shelf filter (post saturation).

Diamond Dynamic Saturator 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 Diamond DYnamic Saturator user's manual in the Overview section.

Diamond Dynamic Saturator’s best use is for drum and stereo bus processing and is inspired by working on Drake’s “Massive” and Diplo and Miguel’s “Don’t Forget My Love”.

In Luca Pretolesi'’s words:

"Dynamic Saturator was the last piece of the puzzle in the Diamond series of plugins. We've done EQ, we did compression limiting and the next step was saturation."

"Dynamic Saturator was heavily inspired by working on Drake's album "Honestly Nevermind". Working on the album we used a lot of analog saturation on the drum bus and the stereo bus using hardware and custom gear and from there, we created the plugin version."

We did it again..

Welcome to perfect analogue colour and saturation...Welcome the Diamond Mix Saturator.

This new product joins our Diamond Dynamic Saturator to form a suite consisting of two separate plugins:

  •  Diamond Dynamic Saturator
  •  Diamond Mix Saturator

We thought we would offer our loyal customers a static version of the already popular Dynamic Saturator designed for mixing purposes. This simplified version will facilitate your workflow even more by allowing you to enjoy the same saturation as its bigger brother, in just a few simple moves.

The effect of saturation and the introduction of harmonic distortion into an audio track or mix is now a real treat, adding a truly special warmth and flavour that only magnetic tape, valves and transformers can. With this new, huge sounding saturator plugin you can immerse yourself in the warm, mysterious world of analogue saturation, from delicate to extreme, adding analog vibes to instruments and vocals, making them sound full and helping them to cut through your mixes with just a few clicks.

You have never heard anything like this. Trust us.


  • Create a user account (if you do not have one yet) on our website
  • Download and Install Aquarius, our products manager, for either macOS or Windows.
  • Log in to Aquarius using your user email and password.
  • Type the product name in the search field inside Aquarius to find the '(trial)' versions of the product, then click on the thumbnail or the 'Install' button. This will take you to the product pages (the trial versions of a product are 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

  • Available sample rates (Commercial): 44.1kHz | 48kHz | 88.2kHz | 96kHz
  • Available sample rates (Trial): 44.1kHz | 48kHz | 88.2kHz | 96kHz
  • M1 Compatible

All other trademarks and trade names mentioned on this page are used for identification purposes only and are properties of their respective owners. The product is at an introductory period for the first four weeks after release or until the first official version is released; this implies that the product may receive improvements, changes, or fixes available through Aquarius Desktop updates.


ACQUA - Diamond - Dynamic Saturator

  • LIST PRICE: €165.00