ACQUA - Gainstation 2



Developed in collaboration with Studio DMI and super producer Mike Dean (Kanye West, 2Pac, Scarface, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Jay-Z, Drake), Gainstation is the 21st Century plugin for anything distortion and creative sound mangling.

The ultimate distortion plugin

Gainstation is based on a series of hardware units that were carefully selected and modded by Mike himself to achieve his unique signature sound. Gainstation is a completely new tool with no equivalent on the market, enabling you to add power, dimension and juice to your tracks way faster and better than any other plugin chain in your arsenal.

Gainstation 2 - What's new?

We have taken Gainstation 2 to a whole new level by adding several powerful features for better performance and sound quality:

1 - A beefed-up 'Pultec-style' style EQ section with two new frequencies from a Classic mid-range tube EQ: 700 Hz (for the BASS ++ band), 1.5kHz (for the AIR++ band).
2 - New variable and versatile Texture circuits that can breathe life into the dullest of recordings, giving a global boost to the harmonic content and linear material.
3 - New Texture circuit buttons which include: Circuit emulation (O=Orange) for more saturation in the bass and low mids. Circuit emulation (B=Black) that accentuates saturation in the high mids and the highs. And finally a third mode (OB=Orange + Black) that serializes both circuits by merging the features of both of O & B into one.
4 - An upgrade to Core 17
5 - Various plugin optimizations and graphic improvements.

Get your gain face on!

Gainstation features five different sections, for the ultimate creative control.

A dedicated preamp section lets you change the overall input and output levels from -24/+24 dB. The Input preamp trim control allows you to increase and decrease the harmonic distortion of the preamp by easily adding ‘coloration’ to your source.

The EQ section comprises of two Pultec-style bands: a BASS++ band plus an AIR++ band. The bass portion influences both the low frequency response and the amount of harmonic distortion as it features an integrated preamp emulation. To increase the level of harmonics, just choose one of the four included emulations and fiddle with the ‘Preamp Input Trim’ control.

Spread your wings.

Gainstation features a Spread control that lets you optimize the stereo image of your tracks. This control differs from that of our other plugins, as it does not affect the MID portion of the audio but only increases or decreases the amount of SIDE, leaving the MID intact. Simple and effective.

Clip it to the max

Gainstation includes four different Clipper modes (D - E - A – N) with increasing impact from D to N. Use the Clipper Trim control to vary the intensity to suit your taste. Experiment with the different possible routing configurations for even more creative possibilities.

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



ACQUA - Gainstation 2

  • LIST PRICE: €149.00