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 Gold2 by Acustica Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Gold2
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Product Gold2
Developer Acustica Audio
Price (MSRP)
€199
Type / Tags Channel StripCompressorEQEqualiserEqualizerPreamp
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1.4.212
 
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Gold2 is a VST/AAX/AU plugin bundle, the latest suite conceived, designed and created by Acustica Audio. The realization of Gold2 is the result of our continuous search for vintage and rare outboard processors and our desire to achieve the utmost perfection in our emulations. This bundle represents a one-stop-shop solution for any lover of the sound of the legendary vintage British consoles. The rarity of the emulated devices, the detail of the emulations, and the superb design make this plug-in as precious as pure gold.

NOTE: introductory/pre-sale price will be 169.15 € (15% off) during the first 4 weeks of this release or until a final version is released.

DISCLAIMER: this initial pre-sale version of Gold2 will be released only with 44.1kHz and 96kHz native sample rate vectors. 48kHz and 88.2kHz vectors will be released at later date in September. The use of the plug-in at 48kHz and 88.2kHz sample rates is still possible. However, users may experience slower plug-in load time and slightly worse sound quality due to the applied internal for the plug-in vector sample rate conversion process.

What's New?

The Gold 2 suite adds an additional uber-rare EQ, possibly a unique piece, and 3 new preamps, each one embodying the original spirit of Gold and providing the most authentic sound of the emulated gear. The suite was also upgraded to our latest CORE 12 tech and features an extended threshold range for better compression behavior.

CORE 12 represents a huge leap forward in our technology. Not only is the CPU load greatly reduced, allowing you to use more instances in a mix, but the sonic authenticity it achieves is simply unprecedented. Plus, Gold's update to CORE 12 gave us both the opportunity to enrich our acclaimed dreamware suite - loved for its unmistakable British soul - by improving on the overall sound of the units thanks to a meticulous denoising process for a final quality that will leave you speechless.

This 2nd edition of the Gold plug-in series includes: 6 different equalizers, 2 extremely rare compressors, 7 preamplifers (for a total of 15 preamplifiers available inside Gold2PRE 'standalone version') and a routing control section, making it possibly the most comprehensive vintage anthology to date.

We are proud to be giving this upgrade completely free of charge to all of our loyal customers who already own a Gold license.

Gold 2 suite consists of:

  • Gold2 (Channel-strip).
  • Gold2 COMP (standalone compressor module).
  • Gold2 PRE (standalone preamps module).
  • Gold2 EQ (Equalizer standalone module).

For each plugin included in our Gold2 suite there is a "Standard" version or an alternative "ZL"* version which operates at *zero latency at the cost of extra processing resources and is thus more suitable for use when tracking.

Gold2 Pre:
Dynamically emulates the frequency, phase and harmonic distortion of the original hardware and includes the following models:

9 solid-state preamp emulations:

  • 1-MIX-8066: mono EQ preamp with equal behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 2-BUS-STEREO 8066: stereo EQ preamp with different behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 3-8252: compressor preamp.
  • 4-8254: compressor preamp.
  • 5-H073: hybrid 73 type EQ.
  • 6-8122: preamp with talk-back simulation.
  • 7-8071: class A monitor section preamp.
  • 8-8072: mix bus preamp.
  • 9-8077: EQ preamp.

6 tube preamp emulations (1-6):

  • 1-mono preamp with equal behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 2-mono preamp with equal behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 3-mono preamp with equal behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 4-mono preamp with equal behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 5-stereo preamp with different behaviour for L & R channels.
  • 6-stereo preamp with different behaviour for L & R channels.

Note that one solid-state and one valve preamp emulation can be selected at the same time and chained in series where extra colouration of the signal is desired.

Gold2 EQ:

This unit consists of two separate racks. For each of them the user is provided with the ability to chose a specific model EQ allowing for extra flexibility. For the bottom LF / LMF / HPF rack the choice is between the 8066, 8122, H073 and the new for Gold2 8077 model. For the top HMF / HF / LPF rack a choice between the 8066, 8122, 8093, 8193, H073 and the 8077 models is given.

8066 EQ:

  • Low Frequency: stepped, from 35 to 220 Hz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Shelf curve.
  • Low-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 0.7 to 7 kHz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Peak curve.
  • High-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 0.7 to 7 kHz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Peak curve.
  • High Frequency: 12 kHz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Shelf curve.
  • High Pass Filter: stepped, from 45 Hz to 360 Hz. 18 dB per octave.
  • Low Pass Filter: stepped, from 3.9 kHz to 18 kHz. 18 dB per octave.

8122 EQ:

  • Low Frequency: stepped, from 33 to 330 Hz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Shelf curve.
  • Low-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 270 to 1k2 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Peak curve.
  • High-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 1k8 to 8k2 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Peak curve.
  • High Frequency: stepped, from 3.3 to 15 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Shelf curve.
  • High Pass Filter: stepped, from 27 Hz to 270 Hz. 20 dB per octave.
  • Low Pass Filter: stepped, from 3.9 kHz to 18 kHz. 20 dB per octave.

8093 EQ:

  • High Frequency: stepped, from 3.3 to 15 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Shelf curve.
  • High Pass Filter: stepped, from 45 Hz to 360 Hz. 20 dB per octave.

8193 EQ:

  • High Frequency: stepped, from 3.3 to 15 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Peak curve.
  • High Pass Filter: stepped, from 45 Hz to 360 Hz. 20dB per octave.

H073 EQ:

  • Low Frequency: stepped, from 50 to 300 Hz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Shelf curve.
  • Low-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 0.36 to 7.2 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Peak curve.
  • High-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 3.9 to 18 kHz. Gain: from -18dB to +18dB. Peak curve.
  • High Pass Filter: stepped, from 50 Hz to 300 Hz. 20dB per octave.
  • Low Pass Filter: stepped, from 3.9 kHz to 18 kHz. 20dB per octave.

8077 EQ:

  • Low Frequency: stepped, from 35 to 220 Hz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Shelf curve.
  • Low-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 0.36 to 7.2 kHz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Peak curve.
  • High-Mid Frequency: stepped, from 0.36 to 7.2 kHz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Peak curve.
  • High Frequency: 15 kHz. Gain: from -16dB to +16dB. Shelf curve.
  • High Pass Filter: stepped, from 45 Hz to 360 Hz. 18 dB per octave.
  • Low Pass Filter: stepped, from 3.9 kHz to 18 kHz. 18 dB per octave.

Gold2 Comp:

8052 COMPRESSOR:

  • Attack: from 1 ms (fast) to 16 ms (slow) *.
  • Release: from 75 ms (fast) to 6000 ms (slow).
  • Attack Envelope Shape Modulation (SHMod): from 0 to 4**.
  • Threshold: from -50dB to 10dB.
  • Ratio: from lineal to limiter.
  • Make-up: from 0dB to +20 dB.
  • Mix: from dry to wet.

8054 COMPRESSOR:

  • Attack: from 1 ms (fast) to 16 ms (slow) *.
  • Release: from 75 ms (fast) to 6000 ms (slow).
  • Attack Envelope Shape Modulation (SHMod): from 0 to 4**.
  • Threshold: from -50dB to 10dB.
  • Ratio: from 1.5:1 to limiter.
  • Make-up: from 0dB to +20dB.
  • Mix: from dry to wet.

* The 1 star step corresponds to the original 8052 HW limiter curve. 2 stars step is the original attack time of 8054 device. The 4, 8, 16 steps are derived directly from our venerable LIME C mastering compressor. These extra attacks are provided to allow for a more versatile compression behaviour.

** Position 2 gives the original attack time and curve of the modeled compressor. Position 1 gives the fastest curve setting. When going down from 1 to 0, a further look-ahead function is enabled. The range/amount of look-ahead goes from 0 to 4 milliseconds. Values above position 2 slow down the attack time.

Gold2 (channel strip):

Here inside a single plug-in the user will find a selection of preamps, EQs and compressors. Note that the choice of preamps is limited compared to the standalone Gold2 PRE. However, routing options are also provided, allowing also the possibility to place the filters and EQ racks inside the side-chain path of the compressor section.

The devices included in the strip are:

  • 2 rack EQ with selectable models identical to those in the standalone EQ plug-in.
  • Compressor section with the same 8052 and 8054 models and controls.
  • 7 different preamp options.

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: VST, AAX, and AU.
  • Supported architectures: 32 and 64-bits.

Price & Availability:

Gold2 commercial version: €199.00. Available as a digital download immediately after payment. NOTE: introductory price will be 169.15 € (15% off) during the first 4 weeks of this release or until a final version is released.

Gold2 Trial version: free 4 week test license. Available as a digital download immediately after €0.00 payment.

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