Smoke is a 'Made in the USA' plugin suite consisting of three different plugins that include emulations of rare units from the late 50s to the present day. If you're a vintage valve-loving audiophile with an eye for today's technology, this suite is for you and it's sure to get the juices flowing!
This suite includes hands down some of the best tube gear ever built in the Pro Audio Market. The 'valve sound' is classic and absolutely unparalleled, and it dominated the sound of hit radio in the 1960’s.
The preamps in Smoke sound massive and super smooth, the EQs and filters are absolutely legendary plus the Comp embodies one of the most iconic 1950s super musical sounding Tube Compression Amplifier for Radio broadcasting that has also found its way into today’s records thanks to the contribution of a well-known brand that produces a faithful and noteworthy reissue.
• SMOKE STEREO EQ: A stereo 4-band fully-parametric EQ with High and Low-pass Filters derived from historic US-made unit from the 60s-70s, plus a complete preamp section featuring 5 Mono Line, and 5 Mono Mic emulations from a famous Tube Mixer Amplifier of the 1960s and 5 custom Mono-Stereo preamps derived from other tube standalone hardware.
• SMOKE COMP: A 1950s Tube Compression Amplifier emulation, a real a piece of history, an all-American stalwart of early broadcast and recording studios.
• SMOKE STRIP: A dual-mono 4-band fully-parametric EQ with High and Low-pass Filters derived from a historic US-made unit from the 60s-70s, the same preamp emulation of Smoke Stereo EQ and finally a 1950s Tube Compression Amplifier emulation, a real a piece of history, an all-American stalwart of early broadcast and recording studios.
Each plug-in included comes in a standard version and an alternative 'ZL' (zero latency) version which is suitable for use when tracking, at the cost of extra processing resources. For further details consult the user's manual in the Overview section.
The sampled hardware unit is clearly inspired by a 'Purple-Style' EQ if you consider the world of Acqua Plugins but unlike the classic and standard tube EQ in the Pro Audio industry this model incorporates more HF boost frequencies and is a True Stereo Eq featuring a true passive EQ circuit that can create rich and musical EQ curves with a distinctive sound thanks to its custom amplifiers and transformers. Our digital version features this powerful Stereo EQ and is also equipped with a full preamp section (5 LINE - 5 MIC - 5 CUST) plus the Oversampling function changing the oversampling-rate (8x, 16x) to improve the audio quality increasing the sampling frequency of the preamps. Also, we carefully chosen cut-filters (HP1/HP2 - LP1/LP2) introduced to give you the most versatile choices possible in a single plugin.
The Smoke Comp is a plugin version of one of the most legendary Variable-Mu Tube Dynamic Processor from 1956. Actually, this plugin version also includes the features from the improved recent reissue built by a USA manufacturer that added six release settings and three different modes of operation: "Single" super smooth for bass tracks, "Double" ideal for most sources, and Triple, which allows you to limit fast transient waveforms, while maintaining great musicality. These new additions offer plenty of flexibility to find the perfect dynamic control for any application.
Plus, The Smoke Comp adds classic tone and massive sound immediately, thanks to the preamp emulation which perfectly embodies its tube character.
The results that can be achieved by compressing with this plugin are surprisingly varied. It allows you to undoubtedly enhance many audio sources by enriching and enhancing lead guitars and vocals. Treating percussive instruments and the sound of bass with this compressor will make these sources bigger and deeper.
NOTE: Without a doubt, the Smoke Compressor plug-in represents the beating heart of this product line, so we decide to also make it purchasable separately from the Smoke suite under the name SMOKE COMP.
More info here: https://www.acustica-audio.com/store/products/smokecomp
The Smoke Channel strip is the perfect choice for a high-quality vintage-style Tube channel strip to enhance and enrich your music. It blends all the great features of the included standalone plugins of this suite.
The plugin has been organized as per Acustica tradition in 5 different Banks that contain a total of 20 different preamp emulations (including EQs and compressor preamp stages), a fixed frequency high-pass filter (100Hz, 6dB/octave), a phase reverse button plus the Oversampling buttons changing the oversampling-rate (8x, 16x) to improve the quality of the processing increasing the sampling frequency of the preamp.
HOW TO TRY A PLUGIN: TRIAL MODE
For details about the installation/authorization process, please refer to this page.
* 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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