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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.
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:
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.
Dynamically emulates the frequency, phase and harmonic distortion of the original hardware and includes the following models:
9 solid-state preamp emulations:
6 tube preamp emulations (1-6):
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.
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.
* 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:
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.
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.