ACQUA - Jade2


40k Magic in the Air

Jade 2 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 2 comprises 6 different hardware units merged into three 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 now lets you choose from 20 different flavors divided into 6 different categories: LINE, MIC, FAT, TAPE, BUS, CUST.

The Jade2 suite consists of:

  • Jade2 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).
  • Jade2 EQ (two switchable 4-Band Equalizers with High-pass and Low-pass Filters and five Preamp emulations).
  • Jade2 Preamp (a complete preamp module for a total of 20 preamp emulations divided into six banks/categories: LINE, MIC, FAT, TAPE, BUS, CUST with High-pass and Low-pass Filters).

Each plug-in included in the Jade 2 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.

Jade 2 suite includes also an alternative version of the channel strip called JADE2 'AL'. 'Adaptive Latency' technology can reduce plugin latency and resource consumption depending on the number of sections used.

EQ Section

- 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 an unrivaled transparency and top-end sheen.

- Model C is a ‘hybrid’ equalizer that merges 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 easily 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, drum overheads and more.

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, frequency, and the selected model. To remedy this, we have introduced the corresponding negative  - or positive - counterpart for each frequency.

Comp/Limiter Section

Jade 2 is equipped with two dynamics processors: a Discrete Class-A Compressor (D) and a Peak Limiter (E).  The main idea behind the original unit was 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.

NOTE: Jade 2's compressors now implement the improvements that have been made with Acustica's latest compressors.
The overflow problem that can occur when you raise the level of the input signal too much through the "Input Trim" control has been resolved and it is now possible to use the input trim even with signals close to 0dB. The compression curve has also been extended to allow compression of very low signals.

NEW - Preamp Section

Jade 2's standalone preamp module includes a faithful emulation of a truly unique Class-A design mic-pre amplifier/mixer for recording engineers who want a very flexible audio path and sound quality without compromise.

Plus, the previous five preamp models (A – B - C1 – C2 - D) are still included in the Jade Channel-strip and also in the Jade2 Preamp module (under the CUST bank/category). They are based on a collection of var­ious hardware units, whose harmonic content and frequency response are readily available for use on your tracks.

Jade 2's standalone preamp module includes several preamp emulations divided into six banks (LINE - MIC - FAT - TAPE - BUS - CUST) plus unique High-pass and Low-pass filters. Thus, you can use and abuse its distinct palette of tones as a ‘mojo booster’ for your mix.




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



* The introductory period implies the product may receive improvements, changes, or fixes available through Aquarius Desktop updates during the first four weeks of its release.
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ACQUA - Jade2

  • LIST PRICE: €199.00