ACQUA - Honey3





Honey3 packs all the power and musicality of a world-class American console, highly regarded by many industry professionals for its musicality and logical layout.

Since 1975, numerous top-selling records have been crafted on this marvelous piece of audio engineering, including gems like Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Paul Simon's "Graceland", as well as many hits by AC/DC, ABBA, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, and many more.

We managed to find one of these consoles in a stunning condition so we called up our collaborator SoundDrops to meticulously sample the console in its entirety, replicating its full sonic DNA inside our plugin suite, which you can now use to sweet up your tracks.

The original console design doesn't feature a compressor though. And we REALLY wanted to include one. So we built it. We built a superb-sounding VCA unit and transformed into a home-brew processor, whose character is a natural extension of the original designs.

Honey3 includes 4 separate plugins. A home-brew version of a famous EQ (CLASSIC), a faithful VINTAGE version of the same unit, the above-mentioned VCA compressor, and a channel strip that includes select modules, wisely chosen by the Acustica team. Let's take a closer look at what's inside the suite.

Honey3 Classic EQ

This is our Home-brew™ version of a celebrated American EQ that appeared on the market in 1975.
Starting with the actual hardware construction, we then proceeded with its meticulous sampling, ensuring great quality throughout the process. The result is a machine with a very sweet top end, ideal for bringing every element of a mix into focus. Plus, we encourage you to indulge in the sweetness of its preamp stage, which is essential to the authenticity and global tone of this equalizer.

Honey3 Vintage EQ

For this one, we sampled an original US console using a new approach that utilizes a very accurate machine-based procedure, for even more accuracy. Honey3 Vintage EQ is the closest digital version of this EQ in the software plugin market, with its character-rich soul, delicious filters and wide, smooth response.


Honey3 Comp

Our Honey3 comp is an intuitive and versatile processor mainly characterized by gentle compression, precision, punch, and clarity. This VCA design offers faster envelope times compared to any other compressor of this kind so it's the perfect choice for your mix bus to add depth, and glue to your song. Plus, it is based on a "Feed-Forward" type of compression which has more in common with recent dynamic designs, letting it 'grab harder', and giving you a feeling of instant satisfaction. Give it a spin.

The suite includes:

  • Honey3 Vintage EQ (A 4-Band standalone Equalizer with high and low cut filters derived from a 70s American series console).
  • Honey3 Classic EQ (A 4-Band standalone Classic Equalizer with high and low cut filters inspired by a broadcast console built by the same renowned American manufacturer).
  • Honey3 Comp (A versatile VCA-based channel compressor based on a feed-forward topology).
  • Honey3 Channel-strip (A Channel strip that includes some of the previously cited standalone plugins)

Each plug-in included in the Honey3 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 Honey3 user's manual in the Overview section.



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

Technical Specs

  • Core 16
  • 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 - Honey3

  • LIST PRICE: €169.00