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 Pink2 by Acustica Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Pink2
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Product Pink2
Developer Acustica Audio
Price (MSRP)
€199
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)   
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.4.212
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows 7 - Windows 10
 
1.4.212
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.8 - OS X 10.13
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Pink2 is a VST/AAX/AU plug-in bundle which is based around a collection of well known late '60s American gear that is still built to this day and enjoys a great deal of admiration among engineers all around the world.

We at Acustica Audio take pride in the first version of Pink and we consider it to be among one of our flagship products. Its release was followed by an immediate success and appreciation, and its development gave way to a series of important technological improvements within our Core engine. Today Acustica is pleased to present to you Pink2 – a logical evolution towards a better mature version of its predecessor.

This update brings much more than just a simple GUI restyling: it's a real technological leap that leads to an incomparable sound quality within the Aqua series. Pink2 is the first of Acustica plug-in based on CORE 12, a significant upgrade featuring new important features affecting both the performance and sonic quality of our products.

Pink2 is a bundle consisting of 6 different plug-ins:

• Pink2 215: Preamp module with 8 different circuit distortion models.
• Pink2 780: 10 band graphic EQ.
• Pink2 1650: 4 band EQ module with 4 selectable per band models.
• Pink2 2412: Single band compressor.
• Pink2 7236: Multiband compressor.
• Pink2 Channel Strip: Full channel strip with EQ, compressors and preamp options.

With 5 different EQ models, a super flexible single-band and multiband compressors and a collection of preamps (circuit distortion emulations), this is one of the most complete suites offered by Acustica. We are proud to introduce to you what can be defined as the ultimate collection of plug-ins, conceived and designed to become an integral part of your "go to" favorite equipment.

CORE 12 represents a new technological advancement by Acustica:

• Upgraded SASM (Symmetric & Asymmetric Saturation Modeling) high performance saturation algorithm;
• Introduction of a new post-production sample de-noising tech for cleaner deconvolved impulses called STT (Super transient technology);
• Full compatibility with Client/Server architecture integrated by default in Acqua plugins;
• Engine optimization introducing a new highly efficient algorithm. This innovative technique is applied to all the deconvolved impulses for further de-noise processing and subsequent elimination of any incorrect low-level behavior (including the so-called "echo bug").

CORE 12 allows performance improvements for each plug-in of the Acqua Effects series, while at the same time preserving all the features already supported in previous CORE upgrades.

Pink2 215: Preamp module with 8 different circuit color models
• 1: Classic discrete mic preamp.
• 2: The pass-though color of EQ model B.
• 3: Classic compressor preamp simulation.
• 4: Modern clone of the classic mic pre modelled in preamp 1.
• 5: Legendary vintage console mic preamp.
• 6: Modern clone of the classic mic amp emulated in preamp 5.
• 7: Mic pre for model D.
• 8: The pass-though color of EQ model D.
• Input Trim: from -24dB to 24dB (this function allows for a "one knob" internal gain control by hidden linked input and output gain stages).
• Bypass: on or off.

Pink2 780: 10 band graphic EQ
• 10 Bands at set frequencies: 31Hz, 63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, 16kHz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Proportional bandwidth.
• Input Trim: from -24dB to 24dB.
• Output Gain: from -24dB to 24dB.

Pink2 1650: 4 band EQ module with 4 selectable per band models and modded static Q option for all peak bands.
• Input Trim: from -24dB to 24dB.
• Output Gain: from -24dB to 24dB.
• High-pass and Low-pass Filters: on and off.
• Hardware EQ Preamp Simulation (P): on and off.
• Meters: input, output.

EQ Section A:
• Low Band: from 50Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 400Hz to 5000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 400Hz to 5000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 5000Hz to 13000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

EQ Section B:
• Low Band: from 30Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 75Hz to 1000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 800Hz to 12500Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 2500Hz to 20000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

EQ Section C:
• Low Band: from 30Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 75Hz to 1000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 800Hz to 12500Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 2500Hz to 20000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

EQ Section D:
• Low Band: from 50Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 400Hz to 5000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 400Hz to 5000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 5000Hz to 15000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

Pink2 2412: Single band compressor
• Hardware Compressor Preamp Simulation (P): on and off.
• Clipper: on and off.
• Threshold: from -30dB to +18dB.
• Ratio: from 1.5 to infinite.
• Attack: from 0.03ms to 30ms.
• Release: from 0.05sec. to 1.5sec., plus auto-release.
• Knee (KNEE): soft, medium, and hard.
• Input Trim: from -24dB to 24dB
• Makeup Gain: from 0dB to 24dB.
• Compression Types (TYPE): feed-back, feed-forward, and off.
• Adjustable Attack Shape (SHMOD): from 0 to 4 (2 as in hardware). SHMod, an adjustable attack behavior shape control that allows to fine-tune and 'scew' the attack shape.
• Side-chain Curve: from tilt to 300 Hz HPF, plus Pink channel-strip curve.
• Dry/Wet Mix for parallel compression (MIX): from 0 to 100%.
• Meters: Input (IN), output (OUT), gain reduction (GR) and side-chain meter (SC), clipper action and internal level overflow indicators.

Pink2 7236: Multiband compressor
• Hardware Compressor Preamp Simulation (P): on and off.
• Input Gain: from -24dB to 24dB.
• Output Gain: from -24dB to 24dB.
• Clipper: on and off.
• Compression Types (TYPE): feed-back, feed-forward.
• Filter Types (XOVER TYPE): Three cross-over filters derived from a vacuum tube multiband compressor, analog solid-state mutltiband compressor, and "Jolly" home-brew custom type filter, built and sampled especially for this multiband compressor.
• Control Link (C-LINK): enable and disable.
• Band Threshold: from -30dB to +18dB.
• Band Ratio: from 1.5 to infinite.
• Band Attack: from 0.03ms to 30ms.
• Band Release: from 0.05sec. to 1.5sec., plus auto-release.
• Band Knee: soft, medium, and hard.
• Band Makeup: from 0dB to 24dB.
• Band Adjustable Attack Shape (SHMOD): from 0 to 4 (2 as in hardware). SHMod, an adjustable attack behavior shape control that allows to fine-tune and 'scew' the attack shape.
• Band Side-chain Curve: from tilt to 300 Hz HPF, plus Pink channel-strip curve.
• Band Dry/Wet Mix for parallel compression (MIX): from 0 to 100%.
• Meters: Input (IN), output (OUT), gain reduction (GR) and side-chain meter (SC), clipper action and internal level overflow indicators.

Pink2 Channel Strip: full channel strip with EQ, compressors and preamp options
• Input Trim: from -24dB to 24dB
• Output Gain: from -24dB to 24dB
• Hardware Preamp Simulation: for models 1, 2, 3, 4 as listed above and off option.
• High-pass, Low-pass and Band-pass Filters: on and off.
• Insane Mode: on or off. (With it one the compressor delivers better quality minimising any artefacts for the expense of higher CPU consumption.
• Meters: Band input (I), band output (O), and gain reduction meter (GR)
• Compressor model switch: from Pink1 style to Pink2 2412 style.
• Adjustable Attack Shape (SHMOD): from 0 to 4 (2 as in hardware). SHMod, an adjustable attack behavior shape control that allows to fine-tune and 'scew' the attack shape.

EQ Section A:
• Low Band: from 50Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 400Hz to 5000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 400Hz to 5000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 5000Hz to 13000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

EQ Section B:
• Low Band: from 30Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 75Hz to 1000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 800Hz to 12500Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 2500Hz to 20000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

EQ Section C:
• Low Band: from 30Hz to 400Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• Low Mid Band: from 75Hz to 1000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Mid Band: from 800Hz to 12500Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.
• High Band: from 2500Hz to 20000Hz. Continuous gain from -12dB to +12dB. Switchable between peak and shelving. Peak switchable from proportional to constant bandwidth.

Compressor Section:
• Threshold: from -64dB to 0dB.
• Ratio: from 1.5 to infinite.
• Attack: from 0.03ms to 30ms.
• Release: from 0.05sec. to 1.5sec., plus auto-release.
• Knee (KNEE): soft, medium, and hard.
• Compression Types (TYPE): feed-back, feed-forward, and off.
• Compressor Model Switch: default Pink1 compressor to Pink2 2412 compressor.
• Makeup Gain: from 0dB to 24dB.
• Side-chain Pink channel-strip curve: on or off. This filter cuts the lows and boosts the highs of the S/C signal.
• Dry/Wet Mix for parallel compression (MIX): from 0 to 100%.
• Compressor bypass switch: on or off.

Licensing:
• Challenge-response authorization system allowing activation for two computers per license.
The trial version is fully functional for a duration of four weeks. Trial license allows the activation of two computers per license.

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

Price and availability:
Pink2 commercial version: €199.00. Available as a digital download immediately after payment.
Pink2 Trial version: free 4 week test license. Available as a digital download immediately after €0.00 payment.

About Acustica Audio:
Acustica Audio as a company is active both in the field of information technology (IT) and audio engineering. Within the world of audio the company's goal is to provide both the most authentic reproduction of vintage and other high-end audio gear, and the development of new original hybrid processors - all based on sampling.

Over the years Acustica Audio has become well known for its audio plug-ins, which are based on unique for the market non-linear Vectorial Volterra Kernels technology. An analogy could be drawn between an audio sampler (an electronic musical instrument able to capture and reproduce audio samples) and our proprietary plug-in engine, which allows for based on sampling modelling of various audio processors and systems, such as: EQs, filters, circuit distortions, compressors, expanders, reverbs, echoes, flangers, loudspeakers, clippers, etc.

About Nebula and Acqua Effect plug-ins:
Nebula is Acustica Audio's sampler plug-in able to load external sample libraries of various sound processors. An Acqua is a stand-alone plug-in based on skinned collection of Nebula libraries with added routing and control functionalities. Aquas are developed by combining one or more Nebula's instances. This process called 'parametrization' is achieved by using script languages proprietary to Acustica Audio and does not require external tools or compilers.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By watchamagog
March 12, 2018

I've been trialling a few of these Acqua plugins and they are outstanding, up there with the best. This one is superb. Sonically excellent plugs, up their with the best. Only downside is that are that they are a little pricey and their download/install/update app still needs some work.

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