Very easy to use reverb. There's about two controls - almost impossible to mess up. Never really found myself wishing for EQ controls, but you can stick one after it if you need it. My only real issue is that I wished the different reverb modes were synced to the host BPM. Would make it perfect for every situation in that case.Read Review
Acoustica is the perfect software application for audio editing, mastering and restoration work on both Mac and PC with features such as clip, spectral and multi-track editing as well as multi-channel support up to 7.1 surround and EBU R 128 and ITU-R BS.1770 compliant metering and normalization.
The Premium Edition now includes an extensive collection of plug-ins covering mastering, audio restoration and effects processing, including our award winning plug-ins Equalize 2, Verberate, Restoration Suite and Mastering Suite.Read Review
Acoustica v.7 by Acon Digital (for PC and Mac)
(an insider tip for professionals and beginners)
I am an old musician from the analogue days. Since I gradually switched to the digital world about 20 years ago, one of my priorities has always been to use programs and plugins that are as intuitive and simple as possible on the one hand, yet still without lacking nor quality nor essential features to work on a high level on the other hand.
Within the years, I have found the DAWs, plugins and musical programs that fit my needs. One thing was missing, though: a good audio-editor, especially for delicate restoration and editing purposes. Everybody who records acoustic instruments (especially string instruments) or vocals knows the problem of having a great track but with some annoying noise(s) in it, such as clicks, crackles, pops, bangs etc. I had tried out various restoration plugins to solve this inevitable problem, nothing really convinced me.
Another important aspect for me was - since I have always been teaching, too - to find a simple DAW with which beginners could learn the basics and principles of (digital) audio production, without getting confused by hundreds of additional features, yet still on a high quality level.
Fully featured audio-editor, simple and intuitive to use, with restoration tools and many other plugins/tools for all editing-, tracking-, mixing- and mastering-tasks: But even a "mini-DAW" (cf. further below, chapter "mini-DAW"):
Some people might get confused about the terms "multichannel" and "multitrack session". So let me shortly explain: You have 3 different possibilities when you open a new project:
Acoustica comes in 2 versions, both with plugin support for VST, VST3 and AU for Mac:
I recommend the Premium Edition, but the Standard Edition is also very good (see comparison sheet on acondigital.com - Products - Acoustica - Features).
Individual plugins (in 32 and 64-bit for VST, VST3, AAX for Windows and AAX and AU for Mac) sell for $ 99.90, but if you buy the Premium Edition of Acoustica, you will get a 50%-discount on the plugins (ask Acon Digital's support when buying, they will send you a coupon code).
Check homepage for videos and sound examples of the plugins.
My personal experience and the way I use Acoustica
After having used Acoustica Premium Edition for a few weeks now, I can say that it fulfills my expectations. All features and GUI are very well thought through and everything you would expect from a professional audio-editor is at hand, yet even more. In no time I was able to use it with minimal time spent and having to refer to the manual only punctually.
It's true, you can track, edit, mix and master fully within a DAW, a dedicated audio-editor is not absolutely needed. But it definitely offers advantages, especially in the case of Acoustica. My procedure now is the following:
I record a delicate track (track by track) into Acoustica where I have all the excellent editing- and restoration-tools at hand, clean and edit it before exporting it to a DAW for mixing. Eventually, I export the final stereo-master-mix (or stems) out of the DAW into Acoustica again where I do all the mastering (and still some editing if needed). This procedure has proven to be very useful and efficient, especially cleaning and editing tracks/clips with outstanding tools before entering a DAW.
"mini-DAW" for beginners
Of course Acoustica is aimed at experienced users, but I think it's also a great program for beginners. It's the perfect program to get you familiar with the basics and principles of digital audio production. You won't get lost here.
In the Multitrack Session Tab you can record, edit and mix different tracks (or stems), use audio-effects (inserts and sends/returns), use effects on the master bus, time stretch clips, automate volume, pan and send-levels; in the end master and render your mix into all common formats.
As somebody who has taught - and still does - younger and older people in audio production, I know the difficulties they have when first being confronted with a mixing desk or a DAW with endless features, plugins, etc. Most of them are completely lost or even intimidated.
And the internal plugins and tools of Acoustica are so good that you don't really need external ones - except for saturation-, channel strip- and delay-plugins (which I recommend to you).
Once you are familiar with the essential features of recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio, you can sooner or later buy a major DAW, it works on the same principles at its core. You will be able to much better make a choice of which DAW to buy, for there are so many.
Just one thing here: ALL major DAWs are very good and capable of delivering excellent results in our days, as is Acoustica as an editor and a "mini-DAW", it only depends on the person who uses it. That is why I am not giving any suggestions here. The differences lie in the way DAWs approach the different tasks, in the additional features or functions, there can also be differences in the quality of the included plugins and tools, and of course in the price.
Don't believe this blatancies claiming that "one DAW sounds better than another one". Yes, there is a DAW such as "Harrison Mixbus" (by the way excellent if you like an analogue style of working and a virtual analogue mixing console), that has already saturation built in so it sounds more "analogue". But you can get the same effect by adding external saturation plugins or channel strips to any DAW.
Remember - things are always only getting more complex, but the principles remain: an audio signal comes in from somewhere and eventually goes out - after some detours and additions - on a master bus. Find out for yourself, do some research, by testing, asking around, checking the internet (lots of boasters and dilettantes there; also lots of superficial, mediocre and very subjective stuff; but also many good, capable and helpful people which you will soon be able to distinguish). You have plenty of time to do so while you are working and progressing with Acoustica.
I generally prefer small companies where the developer(s) can be reached directly, and which don't have marketing budgets but offer top quality instead and with regular updates based on customers feedback (just to make it clear: I'm not saying that big players don't have top quality, of course they have, too). The problem is you often won't find them on "best-lists" etc., you need a hint.
The attitude of the company is very customer-friendly. It counts on honesty. (Remember: cracking or cheating = stealing, especially from such sympathetic companies with very fair prices and service who trust you). No online-activation, no dongle, just a S/N or validation-file, that's it (like other great small companies).
Try before you buy - you can download trial versions from the homepage. And you should also download the free and also outstanding plugin "Multiply" (Chorus) to get an idea of the quality and GUI of Acon Digital products.
I wrote a more detailed review on the other big audio site (here 10'000 characters only). If you still have any questions, you can contact me on mdl747(at)gmail(dot)com. I cannot promise to answer immediately, but I will do my best.
February 2018.Read Review
A very nice plugin. Sounds very musical. Love it with my KORG M1 and Wavestation VST plugins (it really brings them to life).Read Review
This is a high quality free product. Acon makes good stuff, free or paid.
It's as good or better than the free chorus from Blue Cat (just depends on the sound you're going for). I like it better than the Chorus that comes bundled with Studio One. It's not as good as Uhbik, but hey, u-he rules and Uhbik is not cheap, so that's hardly a slam on this great free product.Read Review
Let's get straight to business:
GUI: Good-looking if you ask me. Not as good-looking as its fiercest competitor, the Fabfilter Pro-Q 2, but not bad at all. The knobs and the rest of the controls are sized well, which makes this a joy to use. No "fiddlyness" here, as some EQs sadly have. The GUi itself is very clean in a "no nonsense" kind of way, and more sterile than Pro-Q 2's more colorful style. I also wish that Equalize, like Pro-Q 2, had a fullscreen view, but that is just nitpicking.
Features: Nothing extraordinary here, but certainly powerful. It has 12 EQ bands, which should be enough for pretty much everything, The six usual filter types are present. The frequency, gain, slope, bandwidth and resonance can be adjusted for each band, and you can choose between three filter modes (minimum phase, linear phase, novel mixed phase). All this is being visualized in real-time in the neat spectrum analyzer. Another nifty feature is the optional automatic make-up gain. No complaints here.
Sound: Supports sample rates up to 96kHz. Does both mono and stereo, and mid/side/left/right/full can be adjusted for each band. Clean sound which does not color the sound in any way as far as I can tell.
Compatability: VST and AAX for Windows, VST, AU and AAX for OS X. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available. As expected from a commercial product.
Other: It, like their other product Verberate, has a large and good selection of factory presets, and you can save your own as well. A nice little extra.
Verdict: Quality equalizer with an intuitive GUI and all the features 99% of us would need. Add a wide range of compatability and a solid selection selection of factory presets, and you've got yourself a solid pick. 9/10 from me, and a worthy cheaper alternative to the Pro-Q 2 (10/10).
For more info and purchase links, check out the description right here and their webpage: http://acondigital.com/products/equalize/.Read Review
I started using Multiply at the beginning of the KVR-DC because I was looking for a chorus that produced clean results with complex sounds and included enough relevant parameters. Developers of other effects (EQ, compression, reverb, delay) now enable detailed tweaking, but chorus has not received the same love. Most have the same four knobs. Thus, when I opened Multiply for the first time and saw the GUI, I had high hopes. To my great relief, they were exceeded.
This is quite an imaginative app, which shows the developers took the time to understand the potential and problems of chorus, particularly the need to clearly separate the different voices. Because the app is free you can easily hear for yourself, but I will point out some details I like:
Simple high-contrast GUI with dark or light skins. The dry/effect sliders have a huge range (-48to+18db) with bypass buttons. You can modulate the chorus with pitch or amplitude with rate in Hz and depth in %, in 0.1 increments! You can increase voices from 1 to 6, with "phase randomization" to avoid comb filtering and muddiness. It includes stereo spread from mono to wide, and a delay from 1-500ms. It has a +/- 12db EQ with low/high cut and shelf. Undo/redo and A-B compare buttons.
Best of all, Multiply sounds very musical! There are only 18 presets, but each is quite different, and together they show the wide range. Of course, you can create your own library. If you want to clearly hear the differences between the presets, try putting Multiply after a simple waveform source like a monosynth or solo guitar and click through them. It has a manual, with the gist in two pages.
I did not know about Acon until the KVR-DC, but they sell some quite sophisticated DSP and audio editing products, so definitely have chops and it shows in this plugin. And... Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAS.Read Review
I spent some evaluation time with DeVerberate and I came away smiling. Acon Digital continues to pursue excellence across their whole product line. I can honestly report that this plug-in does indeed accord a tremendous degree of control over the amount of perceived ambience heard in any audio clip. I found that it was entirely possible to remove offending "room" noise from less-than-optimal vocal tracks. This plug-in makes it easy to edit a live club or large hall recording and bring "focus" to the music whilst greatly lessening unwanted, "boomy" reverberation.
DeVerberate performs well and achieves better results than relying on transient shaping plug-ins for controlling ambience on prerecorded material. Priced at only $99, it deserves serious consideration in comparison to similar products costing three or four times as much. Of course, Acon Digital strive to improve all their audio-software on a regular basis, so future upgrades will assuredly keep this excellent "secret weapon" in the top tray of many engineers' tool boxes.
My one niggle with Acon Digital plug-ins is that although you can manually type/enter values, this feature doesn't work in one of my favorite DAW's; "Mixcraft Pro Studio 6". Keyed in values are accepted in a couple of other DAWs that I've tested.