ACQUA - Tiger

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Tiger is the first Acqua plugin suite (VST/VST3/AAX/AU) in Core 19 based on our second-generation 'Hyper' technology encompassing a superlative collection of Acustica's most renowned compressors.

Recently, we have witnessed the proliferation of software dedicated to dynamics: the trend in recent releases often focuses on overcoming the limits of analog compression while maintaining the musicality that has always distinguished it. In the latest products, sidechain management has improved with more complete equalizer chains or enhanced with simultaneous control based on independent detectors to handle transients and the sustained part of the signal.

We have put together our experience to try to solve this problem according to our vision: the idea of Tiger is to put together our models and some very recent concepts to create the best possible experience for "our" users.

At a Glance

Tiger is not a compressor trying to imitate a specific vintage item. The idea is to have a chameleon-like object that tries to imitate them all, overcoming the limitations of each. If you want a replica of a specific product, we certainly have a particular thing that is more relevant in our catalog. We did not include final clippers and brick-wall limiters in the signal path so as not to replicate the functionality of other products: the result would have been to complicate it unnecessarily and duplicate functionality already found elsewhere.


  • A superlative collection of Acustica's most renowned compressor curves
  • Fierce customization to exceed the limits of compression
  • Perfect control of the dynamics for a distinctive sound
  • Sophisticated and transient-friendly oversampling
  • Four different plugins to choose from
  • Two different GUIs to choose from

What you get

 Tiger includes two different GUIs to choose from:

  •  TIGER, TIGER MIX, TIGER MAST: plugins based on a 3D ‘Acustica’s classic-style’ GUI.
  • TIGER ‘Flat’, TIGER MIX 'Flat', TIGER MAST 'Flat' & FIRE THE TIGER: plugin versions based on a 2D ‘modern-style’ GUI.

If you are an 'analogue-lover', you can work with Acustica's classic style interface; if you want to experience something never seen before here, choose the 2D modern interface (Tiger flat, Tiger Mix flat & Tiger Mast flat).

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

First time with the plugin

If this is your first time using Tiger, keep in mind a few simple rules that will help you appreciate it thoroughly.

  • Even if the attack or release time doesn't seem particularly fast to you (even setting the minimum value), remember that the successive attack and release modulation and power controls allow you to overcome any limitation and arrive at instantaneous compression. Depending on oversampling, it is possible to achieve sub-microsecond times with the lowest possible harmonic compatible distortion for the same compression curve to be applied.
  • Sampled compression curves can often look similar to those that a digital compressor can generate: at a closer look, they often implement soft knees that are not easily replicable, and sometimes some small details can lead to a dramatic difference; even the slope of the curves are often not precisely the nominal slope intended by the developer.
  • If you are looking for a modern sound, our advice is not to enable the preamp. If, on the other hand, you are looking for analog warmth, Tiger allows you to solve this problem as well!

Tiger GUI

Tiger Mix GUI

Tiger Mast GUI



Tiger 'Flat' GUI

Tiger Mix 'Flat' GUI

Tiger Mast 'Flat' GUI

Fire The Tiger GUI


Key Features

Here is a summary of Tiger's main features:

  •  Tiger includes four different plugins to choose from (‘Tiger flat’ and Tiger; 'Tiger Mix flat' and Tiger Mix).
  • Tiger implements a long list of compression curves accurately sampled from the best analog compressors and software. We have found that this is a relatively rare added value in software implementations (often, these curves are clean, synthesized, modified, and are not the actual result of a sampling operation). In this respect, Tiger copies Ash's strategy for clippers, but in the realm of compression.
  • Tiger implements the shapes of attack and release curves (ATTACK and RELEASE) in the detectors from the best HARDWARE we have measured over the years. The multi-segment shapes endow the product with program-dependent characteristics (auto-attack and auto-release on steroids).
  • Tiger implements in its detectors modulators of the shape for attack and release times (ASHMOD, RSHMOD) coming from the best SOFTWARE (yes, this time software as well) and hardware attack and release curves we have analyzed. It's the first time we have introduced release modulation in one of our products.
  • Tiger implements a HOLD functionality for both the attack and the release (this combined presence is also quite rare in software compressors).
  • Tiger implements multiple variable-weighted detectors for handling transients simultaneously concerning the rest of the signal (this is also a program-dependent feature).
  • Tiger implements a concept of a managed fast compressor and slow compressor to balance aggressive and soft compressions within the same pattern precisely.
  • Tiger implements an integrator (POWER) in the detectors to parametrically manage transient response speed. In contrast to a purely PEAK or RMS compressor, Tiger can represent compressors that implement detectors based on variable-pitch RMS power measurements.
  • Tiger implements a circuit in the sidechain path (DEEP SPACE) dedicated to optimizing distortion in the presence of fast time constants.
  • Tiger implements a true look-ahead on the attack (thus independent of the release) that can optimize distortion in the presence of fast time constants.
  • Tiger implements a relatively comprehensive sidechain equalizer based on a high-pass filter and a dual semi-parametric peak or shelf-type equalizer and accepts external sidechains.
  • Tiger implements sophisticated oversampling (which has become a distinctive feature in the latest products we have released), characterized by a particularly transient-friendly impulse response and zero phase alteration.
  • In each signal path, each dynamic element is independent of the input channels (in fact, Tiger consists of 6 separate compressors).
  • Tiger implements an intuitive morphing control (MORPH) that allows each of Tiger's dynamic elements to be seamlessly transformed from a compressor to a limiter to a saturator while simultaneously handling the stereo-link intuitively.
  • Tiger implements skins with 3D graphics and flat 2D graphics for lovers of fast and intuitive interfaces. The interface is highly responsive, with a sidechain path, signal delta, and bypass listening.
  • Tiger also implements low-latency versions (especially without oversampling, as the latency is relatively low), especially for the TIGER MIX version, designed for tracking.
  • Tiger includes Resizable and responsive GUI.
  • Tiger has a great and distinctive sound.




  • Create a user account (if you do not have one yet) on our website
  • Download and Install Aquarius, our products manager, for either macOS or Windows.
  • Log in to Aquarius using your user email and password.
  • Type the product name in the search field inside Aquarius to find the '(trial)' versions of the product, then click on the thumbnail or the 'Install' button. This will take you to the product pages (the trial versions of a product are also visible in the 'related products' section on the right)
  • Select the right plugin format according to the DAW you are using and click 'Install.'
  • Aquarius will download, install, and authorize the trial product automatically.
  • Run your DAW. You're set!

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

Technical Specs

  • All sample rates available
  • M1 Compatible

*All other trademarks and trade names mentioned on this page are used for identification purposes only and are properties of their respective owners. The product is at an introductory period for the first four weeks after release or until the first official version is released; this implies that the product may receive improvements, changes, or fixes available through Aquarius Desktop updates.


ACQUA - Tiger

  • LIST PRICE: €139.00