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 Aquamarine3 by Acustica Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product Aquamarine3
Developer Acustica Audio
Price (MSRP) €199
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
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System Requirements
Windows 7 - Windows 10
 1.4.097  Downloads Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.8 - OS X 10.11
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Acustica Audio is pleased to introduce Aquamarine3 dual, electroluminescent optical attenuator plus discrete voltage controlled amplifier, mastering compressor upgraded from Murano compressor developed as a high-end mastering unit, and equipped with several powerful features.

First compressor is a smooth and warm sounding opto style compressor, simple to use with just a threshold and gain make up control, it is great at effortlessly controlling dynamic range and to and finesse the signal.

Second compressor is a discrete VCA style which is punchy and can really grab a signal. It can go from a subtle 1.2:1 ratio for gentle control and transient preserving compression, to a savage "flood" over-limit, to be used for creative compression effects. Discrete VCA compressor has controllable timings to suit many situations and with digital technology the attack time has been improved to reach almost zero with very low aliasing.

One of the exciting new features in Aquamarine3 is what we call "ShMod". This is an adjustable shape control for Discrete VCA compressor attack behavior. Another innovative feature that also exponentially increases the versatility of this compressor is the look-ahead implementation where the input signal is divided, and one side is delayed, the non-delayed signal is used to drive the compression of the delayed signal, which then appears at the output. This way a smooth-sounding slower attack rate can be used to catch transients.

Aquamarine3 is based on Core8, the revolutionary upgraded multithreading technology by Acustica Audio based into an optimization of Core7 in terms of high performance but also introduces new and important features like FIR/IIR algorithmic side-chain, and predisposition for FIR/IIR clipper, and dynamic loading.

Opto Compressor (electroluminescent optical attenuator) Section:
• Thrsh: threshold from 0 to 23 dB.
• Gain: from 1 to 23 dB.
• Ahead: from 0 to 4.

VCA Compressor (discrete voltage controlled amplifier) Section:
• Thrsh: threshold from 0 to 23 dB.
• Gain: from 1 to 23 dB.
• ShMod: from 0 to 4.
• Attack: from 0.1 to 30 ms.
• Release: from 0.1 to 1.2 seconds, plus auto-release.
• Ratio: from 1.2 to flood.

Preamp Section:
• P-1: the same vintage preamp of Purple P-1, very clean.
• Bronze: the most colored setting.
• Silver: more colored than gold but quite clean.
• Gold: with low distortion and flat low frequency response.

In Out Section:
• Internal side-chain filter: on and off at 90 Hz.
• Output: from -192 to +6 dB.
• Mix: from 100% to 0%.

• Challenge-response authorization system allowing two computers activation per each license.

Formats supported:
• Support operation systems: OS X and Windows.
• Supported plug-in formats: VST2, AAX, and AU.
• Supported architectures: 32 and 64-bits.

Price and availability:
• Commercial version: €199. Available as a digital download immediately after payment
• Trial version: free 4 week test license. Available as a digital download immediately after €0.00 payment.

About Acqua Effect plug-ins:
An Acqua plug-in is a stand-alone skinned Nebula library, in other words it is a software product developed as a parametrization of one or more Nebula's instances. Parametrization is achieved using the script languages proprietary to Acustica Audio and does not require external tools and compilers.

About Acustica Audio:
Acustica Audio is a company that is active in the field of information technology and audio engineering. The company's goal is to provide the most authentic reproduction of sampled vintage gear and other high-end hardware devices. Over the years it has become well known for audio plug-ins, by manufacturing its own software products and marketing them both in Italy and worldwide. Acustica technology is based on a software engine of DSP (Digital Signal Processing) developed by Acustica Audio that emulates other DSPs, by modelling them through a proprietary sampling technique. Unlike the audio sampler, which is an electronic musical instrument able to capture and reproduce audio samples, Acustica technology can sample and emulate the behavior of an audio processor, by reproducing its harmonic response, harmonic distortion and dynamic response as time and other external variables (like user controls) change.

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