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Acustica Audio releases Water suite.

jeudi 14 juin 2018, 16:51 , par Gearslutz
Acustica Audio releases Water suite.
Water. Panta Rhei. Everything flows.

Product: Water
Developer: Acustica Audio
Price (MSRP): Special pre-sale price at €103.20 (20%OFF) for the first four weeks after release. The price after the pre-sale period will be €129.00.
Plug-in Format(s): VST2, AU, AAX
System Requirements (Windows): Windows 7 - Windows 10
System Requirements (OSX): OSX 10.8 - OSX 10.13
WATER Commercial web-page: Water (Pre-order) - Acustica Audio
WATER Trial web-page: Water (Trial) - Acustica Audio

WATER is a powerful VST/AAX/AU suite carefully crafted with the goal of building a set of characterful tools that reproduce the sonic behavior of ultra-rare vintage hardware devices and include new features making it flexible and suitable for the demands of modern productions. Water embodies the spirit of revolution and the desire to experiment typical of the 1960s!

WATER suite includes three different plug-ins:
• WATER Channel-strip
• WATER EQ (Passive Germanium Equalizer standalone module)
• WATER COMP (Limiter/Compressor standalone module)The Water EQ is created from an original passive stereo Germanium topology EQ unit dating back to 1961 and a set of 'Homebrew' additional hardware circuits, hand-built using original components and sampled by SoundDrops (SteDal). SteDal's meticulous designs, following the original circuit schematics, helped us to include not just 9dB of boost for the MID band, as it is in the original, but also a 9dB of cut. In a similar way we also added extra frequency choices for the LF and HF bands and the high-pass filter. Further to this, within the standalone unit we added mid-side and dual-mono operation modes. As always with such modules, we provide the option to switch on and off the pass-though tone distortions of the original HW, allowing the user to avoid or embrace the frequency, phase and harmonic distortions of the gear.

The Water Limiter/Compressor is based on a 1968, discretely built, diode bridge device that delivers an overwhelming sound. With three of some of the very best transformers in the audio path, it gives a smooth, larger than life coloration that is reminiscent of classic legendary tube devices. Made in the '60s the hardware is unfortunately very rare to find these days. Our take on this design is to make this great device even more flexible and powerful: we have included the extras of an attack shape modulation control, high-range HPF in the side-chain, some additional faster release curves derived from the Ebony mod. D473 VCA compressor, the ability to switch on and off the pass-though tone of the original HW unit, and a dry/wet control for parallel compression. We also managed to add a high-quality hardware modeled clipper at the output for this dream compressor!

DETAILS
For each plug-in included in the Water suite there is a "Standard" version and an alternative "ZL*" version which operates at * zero latency, at the cost of extra processing resources, it is therefore most suitable to use when tracking.

Water is using the latest Acustica CORE 12 engine representing a new technological advancement by Acustica:

• Upgraded SASM (Symmetric & Asymmetric Saturation Modeling) high performance saturation algorithm;
• Introduction of a new post-production sample de-noising tech for cleaner deconvolved impulses called STT (Super transient technology);
• Full compatibility with Client/Server architecture integrated by default in Acqua plugins;
• Engine optimization, introducing a new highly efficient algorithm. This innovative technique is applied to all the deconvolved impulses for further de-noise processing and subsequent elimination of any incorrect low-level behavior (including the so-called "echo bug").

CORE 12 allows performance improvements for each plug-in of the Acqua Effects series, while at the same time preserving all the features already supported in previous CORE upgrades.

WATER EQUALIZER
• (CL) Control link: on and off. Switch on to simultaneously alter both the left and right channel settings.
• (MS) Mid-side: on and off. Allows for mid/side processing, where the left channel EQ is dedicated to the mid signal and the right channel EQ to the side signal.
• (PRE) Hardware EQ pass-through tone simulation: on and off. Dynamically emulates the frequency, phase and harmonic distortion of the original hardware. Includes the complete EQ audio path with both an input and output transformers and Germanium transistors.
• HPF: 6 frequencies (30*, 40*, 60, 120, 200*, 300* Hz): stepped frequency selector with an off position.
• BASS: 3 frequencies with shelf shape (30*, 60, 120* Hz), stepped frequency selector, and continuous gain from -15dB to +15dB.
• MID: 11 frequencies with bell shape (0.5*, 0.7*, 1*, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8*, 11.2*, 16* kHz), stepped frequency selector, and continuous gain from -15dB** to +15dB.
• HIGH: 3 frequencies with shelf shape (6*, 12, 24* KHz) stepped frequency selector, and continuous gain from -15dB to +15dB.

* note that these frequencies are not present in the original hardware module. They were derived from the original circuits with the magic of Acustica's tech and SteDal's (SoundDrops) expertise.
** the original gear that inspired Water only had the ability to boost. Deriving 'cut' samples was possible by working with the original circuits.

WATER COMPRESSOR/LIMITER
• Preamp: Hardware compressor pass-through tone simulation: on and off. Dynamically emulates the frequency, phase and harmonic distortion of the original hardware. Emulates the complete compressor audio path including 3 audio transformers.
• Peak: Clipper: on and off. Threshold set at 0dBFS.
• SHMOD: Adjustable Attack Shape: from 0 to 4. Position 2 gives the original attack time of the modeled compressor. Position 1 gives the fastest curve setting. Going from 1 down to 0, a further look-ahead function is enabled. The range/amount of look-ahead goes from 0 to 4 milliseconds. Values above 2 slow down the attack time.
• THRESHOLD: from -48dB to 0dB.
• COMP: Comp on/off control: turn on or off the compressor and limiter options.
• FILTER: Side-chain filter: off or HPF ranging from 50 Hz to 250 Hz.
• Meters: gain reduction from 0dB to 42dB.
• INPUT TRIM: from -24dB to 24dB. This function allows for a ‘one knob’ internal gain staging control by automatically linking input and output gain stages with an inverse law.
• RELEASE*: from 0.1sec (E1) to 2.5 sec (hard right).
• MAKEUP GAIN: from 0dB to 24dB.
• MIX: Dry/Wet Mix for parallel compression: from 0 to 100%.
• Sidechain: External Side-chain: off or on.

* Note that further work on circuit level with the original device was needed to derive longer release time (above 1.5 sec). The fastest E1/E2/E3 release times have been taken from our EBONY COMP (mod. D473) based on a vintage VCA dynamic processor developed in the 1970s - a unit used in a lot of classical mastering sessions, especially in Europe.

WATER CHANNEL STRIP with EQ, compressor and preamps options
• Master Input Trim: from -24dB to 24dB. This function allows for a ‘one knob’ internal gain staging control by automatically linking input and output gain stages with an inverse law.
• Hardware compressor pass-through tone simulation (PRE-AMPLIFIERS): off, PRE1 and PRE2. Emulates dynamically the frequency, phase and harmonic distortion of the hardware. PRE1 emulates the Germanium circuit part of the EQ module. PRE2 does the same but also includes both the input and output transformers.
• Output Gain: from -24dB to 24dB.
• I/O Meters: input (INPUT), output (OUTPUT): stereo led, from -24dB to +6dB.
• HPF: 6 frequencies (30*, 40*, 60, 120, 200*, 300* Hz): stepped frequency selector. On and off button provided.
• BASS: 3 frequencies with shelf shape (30*, 60, 120* Hz), stepped frequency selector, and continuous gain from -15dB to +15dB. On and off button provided.
• MID: 11 frequencies with bell shape (0.5*, 0.7*, 1*, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8*, 11.2*, 16* kHz), stepped frequency selector, and continuous gain from -15dB** to +15dB. On and off button provided.
• HIGH: 3 frequencies with shelf shape (6*, 12, 24* KHz) stepped frequency selector, and continuous gain from -15dB to +15dB. On and off button provided.
• Comp INPUT TRIM: from -24dB to 24dB. This function allows for a ‘one knob’ internal gain staging control by automatically linking input and output gain stages with an inverse law.
• THRESHOLD: from -48dB to 0dB.
• SHMOD: Adjustable Attack Shape: from 0 to 4. Position 2 gives the original attack time of the modeled compressor. Position 1 gives the fastest curve setting. Going from 1 down to 0, a further look-ahead function is enabled. The range/amount of look-ahead goes from 0 to 4 milliseconds. Values above 2 slow down the attack time.
• RELEASE***: from 0.1sec (E1) to 2.5sec (hard right).
• MAKEUP GAIN: from 0dB to 24dB.
• MIX: Dry/Wet Mix for parallel compression: from 0 to 100%.
• COMP: Comp on/off control: off, compressor and limiter options.
• FILTER: Side-chain filter: off or HPF ranging from 50 Hz to 250 Hz.
• GAIN REDUCTION: Gain Reduction Meter: led, from 0dB to 20dB.

* note that these frequencies are not present in the original hardware module. They were derived from the original circuits with the magic of Acustica's tech and SteDal's (SoundDrops) expertise.
** the original gear that inspired Water only had the ability to boost. Deriving 'cut' samples was also possible by working with the original circuits.
*** Note that further work on circuit level with the original device was needed to derive longer release time (above 1.5 sec). The fastest E1/E2/E3 release times have been taken derived from our EBONY COMP (mod. D473) based on a vintage VCA dynamic processor developed in the 1970s - a unit used in a lot of classical mastering sessions, especially in Europe.

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: VST2, AAX, and AU.
• Supported architectures: 32 and 64-bits.

HOW TO INSTALL AND AUTHORIZE WATER?
First time customer? Please register at the Acustica Audio website here.

And if you are a returning customer from our old website and you have yet not performed password reset on the new website, please do so. Until you do it, you will not be able to install and authorize WATER! To reset your password, please go to the website login page, click on the rest password link and follow the instructions. Once this is done your old username will be replaced by your e-mail address. From now on, please always use your e-mail address as a username, both for our website and in Aquarius.

We highly recommend that you use our new installation/authorization app Aquarius. If you don't have Aquarius yet, please download it from the links below and install the app. Aquarius is a new assistant application from Acustica Audio and it is the best way to download, install, update, and authorize your products.
• Aquarius OSX download link: https://app.box.com/shared/static/ul...rt5eipcw8d.zip
• Aquarius Windows download link: https://app.box.com/shared/static/7p...ahr953drt6.zip

For further information about Aquarius please read our Aquarius user’s manual:
https://app.box.com/shared/static/cp...ozcpukk0rl.pdf

If you are registered already and you would want to TRIAL WATER, there are two ways to do it. The first method will add just WATER trial to your account. The second method will add trials for all latest Aqua products to your account.

1) METHOD 1 - via website.
• Please proceed to Water's trial page and click on the "Download" button to add a Trial license to your account.
• Run Aquarius, a pop-up window will appear on the first start. Enter in this window your Acustica Website Credentials (note that you should use your e-mail address as your username)
• Click to 'Purchased' tab (situated at top center of the screen). Select the desired plugin format and then click on 'Install' button. Note that x86 is for 32bit version of the application and x64 is for the 64bit version. At this point Aquarius will automatically download and authorize the product at the end of the installation process. Keep in mind that there is a short delay to show up the WATER TRIAL into your Aquarius account if you used this method.

2) METHOD 2 - within Aquarius using all trials activation code.
• Run Aquarius, a pop-up window will appear on the first start. Enter in this window your Acustica Website Credentials (note that you should use your e-mail address as your username)
• Click on the little gear-like icon on the top right of Aquarius and chose to go to the 'Settings' page. In this page go to the 'Coupons' tab. Enter the Activation code: “LASTTRIALS” to automatically activate ALL Acustica trials available in Aquarius.
• Click to 'Purchased' tab (situated at top center of the screen). Select the desired plugin format and then click on 'Install' button. Note that x86 is for 32bit version of the application and x64 is for the 64bit version. At this point Aquarius will automatically download and authorize the product at the end of the installation process.

If you would want to PURCHASE WATER, this is the correct procedure:
• Please visit the the commercial page and click on the "Buy" button. Proceed with the payment procedure.
• Run Aquarius, a pop-up window will appear on the first start. Enter in this window your Acustica Website Credentials (note that you should use your e-mail address as your username)
• Click to 'Purchased' tab (situated at top center of the screen). Select the desired plugin format and then click on 'Install' button. Note that x86 is for 32bit version of the application and x64 is for the 64bit version. At this point Aquarius will automatically download and authorize the product at the end of the installation process.

For instructions on how to perform an offline installation and authorization, please check Water's web page.

IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG?
If you are a registered client of Acustica Audio and you need to contact our support service, please open a support ticket from your account.
To do this go to:
https://www.acustica-audio.com > log-in > support > New support ticket
To check ticket status go to:
https://www.acustica-audio.com > log-in > support > Check ticket status

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
• WATER commercial version: €129.00. Available as a digital download immediately after payment. Special pre-sale price at €103.20 (20%OFF) for the first four weeks after release.
• WATER Trial version: free 4 week test license. Available as a digital download immediately after €0.00 payment.

ABOUT ACUSTICA AUDIO:
Acustica Audio creates faithful software emulations of rare vintage or modern hardware gear, and new hybrids impossible in the analogue domain. Acustica's development approach is unique for the market and it is based on dynamic sampling and a proprietary Volterra series nonlinear engine. The company also builds dedicated analogue circuits in order to sample and include these in their software. This model delivers very similar to analog gear sound with hardware-like transient response and sonic quality that overcomes the limitations of other software emulations.

ABOUT NEBULA AND ACQUA EFFECT PLUG-INS:
Nebula is Acustica Audio's sampler plug-in able to load external sample libraries of various sound processors. An Acqua is a stand-alone plug-in based on skinned collection of Nebula libraries with added routing and control functionalities. Aquas are developed by combining one or more Nebula's instances. This process called 'parametrization' is achieved by using script languages proprietary to Acustica Audio and does not require external tools or compilers.
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