ACQUA - Jade


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Jade is one of the most versatile suites in the Acustica domain, capable of delivering a warm and smooth sound that retains a remarkable naturalness, while also providing absolute transparency and top-end sheen.

Jade comprises 5 different hardware units merged into 3 different EQ emulations (A - B - C), two dynamics processors (Discrete Class-A Compressor (D)/Peak Limiter (E) ) and, last but not least, a complete preamplifier section that lets you choose among 5 different flavors.

The Jade suite consists of:

  •  Jade Channel-strip (two switchable 4-Band EQ's with High-pass and Low-pass Filters, a Class-A Compressor/Peak Limiter, with five preamp emulations and a routing section).
  • Jade EQ (two switchable 4-Band Equalizers with High-pass and Low-pass Filters and five Preamp emulations).

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

For the first time, in the Jade suite, we included an alternative version of the channel strip called JADE 'AL'.
'Adaptive Latency' technology can reduce plugin latency and resource consumption depending on the number of sections used.


Jade EQ

- Model A is derived from an American unit famous for being able to maintain the integrity of your mixes’ original sound and for imparting an 'airy' quality to higher frequencies, in both mixing and mastering situations. In other words, it is one of the most versatile equalizers ever emulated by Acustica, meticulously sampled taking into account the intrinsic peculiarities of the original machine, including the interaction of the EQ bands. The original unit is characterized by a HIGH band gain excursion of a maximum +10 dB gain for each frequency, while our emulation includes the corresponding negative part for each frequency (-10 dB gain).

Model B is based on a powerful unit that was a part of an iconic British series of gear introduced in 1994. Famous for their natural, unobtrusive sound they have earned an ‘iconic’ status in the pro audio world and are coveted by producers and engineers for their exceptional clarity and versatility.

This ‘flaming’ collection of units remains among the most successful and recognizable hardware series of this British company, still present in professional recording studios the world over. Our emulation embodies the essence and the sound of the EQ enabling you to sculpt your tracks from top to bottom with unrivaled transparency and top-end sheen.

Model C is a ‘hybrid’ equalizer that merging 2 different models on the market (labeled C1 - C2) into a single processor.
Acustica combined several frequencies in 4 bands in a logical way to create a perfect ‘breathy’ EQ  that will bring your tracks to life.

The result is an addictive, state-of-the-art EQ capable of adding musical presence to different sources: vocals, acoustic guitars, and drum overheads.

NOTE: The original units from which the C emulation is derived are characterized by either positive or negative GAIN excursion (but not both) depending on the band, its frequency, and the selected model. To remedy this, we have introduced the corresponding negative  - or positive - counterpart for each frequency.

Preamp Section

Jade’s preamp section includes five models (A – B - C1 – C2 - D) and is based on a collection of var­ious hardware units, whose harmonic content and frequency response are readily available for use on your tracks.

Comp/Limiter Section

Jade is equipped with two dynamics processors: a Discrete Class-A Compressor (D) and a Peak Limiter (E).  The main idea behind the original unit is to provide a transparent, musical control of dynamics.

These emulations can be activated and used individually (C / D) or simultaneously (C + D). If both emulations are used at the same time, their behavior is in SERIES, so the limiter module will follow that of the compressor.  Also, the behavior and the sound of these dynamic processors may vary further based on Jade's Dynamic Routing™ control technology (channel strip version) that sets different block configurations.




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


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ACQUA - Jade

  • LIST PRICE: €199.00
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