Acustica Audio intros Black: the FREE gain-staging tools for authentic analog sound.

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KVRist
68 posts since 24 Sep, 2019

Post Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:04 pm

Black is an Acqua plug-in bundle that includes two free players focused on gain-staging. The secret behind Black are the featured preamp emulations that provide the authentic analog console sound.

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The Free Player consists of a default emulation bank, 'Navy Geranium.'

Each additional 'Volume' includes ten different emulations of vintage and modern console preamps with a total value of over 100K!

Black Volume A: http://www.acustica-audio.com/store/pro ... ackvolumea
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Black Volume B: http://www.acustica-audio.com/store/pro ... ackvolumeb
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https://youtu.be/h2_Uk7Qfaos

What's the idea behind Black?

The basic concept behind BLACK is to recreate in the digital domain the warm and tone-rich feeling that an analog setup can deliver.
Samples and recordings are usually distributed with 0dbFs, while user set processors require an operational level of around -18dbFs.
So as per any analog mixer, before mixing a take, it is crucial to set a correct amount of pre-amplification to your signal since the rest of the chain depends on it.
So, with that said, you should consider Black as the first plug-in suite to add to the channels of your DAW: just set the Input signal level using both the meters and the overflow led.
By increasing the input gain, you will also affect harmonic distortion, just like on a real mixer.
Then you could use the filters to eliminate any rumble and useless content in the top end and then fiddle with the different pre-amplifications until you find the one you like most that add the best coloring to your source.
By taking advantage of the numerous emulations, you will recreate that non-linearity characteristic of those deep and open mixes, just like on a real analog piece of equipment.

Black player (free) can be downloaded thru Aquarius, our product manager: https://www.acustica-audio.com/pages/aquarius

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KVRian
1077 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Post Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:47 am

The input trim resets to zero everytime you choose a different preamp. Pretty hard to compare preamps this way.
More BPM please

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KVRist

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68 posts since 24 Sep, 2019

Post Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:07 am

dionenoid wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:47 am
The input trim resets to zero everytime you choose a different preamp. Pretty hard to compare preamps this way.
Thank you for your feedback! During the first 30 days from the release, we can add improvements so I forwarded your suggestion to our development team for consideration.

KVRian
773 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:51 am

The description is word salad. You should hire someone to rewrite or revise your copy.

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KVRian
1077 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:54 am

Anyway, it's very, very subtle. Would have loved it to be able to really slam/push a channel.
More BPM please

KVRAF
3209 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:01 am

It really needs an output dial.

KVRian
773 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:44 pm

Acustica Community wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:07 am
dionenoid wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:47 am
The input trim resets to zero everytime you choose a different preamp. Pretty hard to compare preamps this way.
Thank you for your feedback! During the first 30 days from the release, we can add improvements so I forwarded your suggestion to our development team for consideration.
This is very strange that you are limited to 30 days for updating plugins. Nonsense self-imposed limitations like that make the buggyness of Acustica software make a lot more sense.

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KVRist

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68 posts since 24 Sep, 2019

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:31 pm

It's not a limitation but a general recommendation for the introductory period of any product. As you might know, (or maybe not) versions of our plugins are continuously improving.

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