Any suggestions regarding to Acustica Audio?

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KVRist
87 posts since 20 Jun, 2020

Post Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:18 am

I sold Nebula, because due to high latency I could not track. I dislike plugins that make me look for an issue and having to find them in a project and then having to deactivate them, maybe just because I want to add or record some audio.
Maybe Nebula could be fine for final mix or mastering, but truly speaking I would not use Acustica for final mixing, I just do not trust AA, there is aliasing and some other issues I noticed especially on high end.
But everyone could find out by himself if AA is good for sound and if it fits to someone's workflow. Good thing is you can demo their plugins. But unfortunately you can not demo full versions of third party Nebula devs plugins, most plugins you can't demo at all, I won't buy a plugin, I can't demo before.
AA quality still is simply too sloppy and not user friendly imo
Also they release too many new plugins instead of improving what they already have.
Especially some of the many recent releases brought nothing new, I wondered if they just made some new gui each time...

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KVRAF
3978 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Sat Jun 05, 2021 2:40 am

Najimad wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:37 pm
I have been demoing all AA plugins and that's my thoughts:
The amount of acustica plugins and the prices on ebay or knobcloud show me how little AA is valued. Saw Amethyst for 25 only.
There was a sale with something like 70%off, plus user discounts and Amethyst came in at €20 -€30 with my 15% discount code, (which I no longer receive) I demoed it and passed.

I like Cream's compressor and preamps, one of the better Acquas IMO. I snagged it for $9 here on KVR.
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral: Is boutique the new old?

KVRAF
2316 posts since 2 Jun, 2016

Post Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:43 am

Najimad wrote:
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:18 am
I sold Nebula, because due to high latency I could not track. I dislike plugins that make me look for an issue and having to find them in a project and then having to deactivate them, maybe just because I want to add or record some audio.
Maybe Nebula could be fine for final mix or mastering, but truly speaking I would not use Acustica for final mixing, I just do not trust AA, there is aliasing and some other issues I noticed especially on high end.
But everyone could find out by himself if AA is good for sound and if it fits to someone's workflow. Good thing is you can demo their plugins. But unfortunately you can not demo full versions of third party Nebula devs plugins, most plugins you can't demo at all, I won't buy a plugin, I can't demo before.
AA quality still is simply too sloppy and not user friendly imo
Also they release too many new plugins instead of improving what they already have.
Especially some of the many recent releases brought nothing new, I wondered if they just made some new gui each time...

Latency is certainly an issue and I wouldn't advise tracking (especially more than one instrument at a time) through Nebula or Acqua plugins.
CPU hit is also a major annoyance (as many of us have written previously in this thread) with AA's plugins. However, this can be reduced considerably in Reaper (perhaps bizarrely).
It will also be interesting to see what further advantages can be accrued when using Audiogridder (I'm yet to purchase it).

However, for the record, there are no aliasing concerns with Tim Petherick and Cupwise's nebula libraries (and they have also got rid of the 'ripple effect' associated with some other Nebula libraries).

Ultimately, it is clear that you won't be using Acustica Audio products.
However, as per the OP's thread title, my suggestion for anyone still open-minded / curious about possibly buying Acustica Audio products is to get (only) Nebula and also a couple of libraries by the 3rd party developers that I have mentioned previously.
I would stay away from Acustica-Audio's acqua products unless you want to buy them mainly for 'tone-box colouring duties' (and there are arguably better, and certainly much easier, algo plugins to use instead for these duties).

Still, it's all just opinions in the end.
I'll keep on enjoying using the brilliant Nebula libraries by the 2 Tims, and you won't :hihi:

KVRist
87 posts since 20 Jun, 2020

Post Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:56 am

Of course, the world even should be colorful with different opinions :)
But I want to stress once again that you can not demo 3rd party Nebula plugins.
I would call devs that do not give you a demo stupid.
I would never buy a plugin without having demoed it before, never

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