Tools for the discerning audio craftsman
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The first compressor is a smooth and warm sounding opto style comp, simple to use with just a threshold and gain make up control. Its great at effortlessly controlling dynamic range and to finesse the signal.
The second compressor is a discrete VCA style which is punchy and can really grab a signal. It can go from a subtle 1.2:1 ratio for gentle control and transient-preserving compression, to a savage "flood" over-limit, to be used for creative compression effects. This discrete VCA compressor has controllable timings to suit many situations and with digital technology the attack time has been improved to reach almost zero with very low aliasing.
One of the exciting new features in Aquamarine3 is what Acustica call "ShMod". This is an adjustable shape control for Discrete VCA compressor attack behaviour. Another innovative feature is the look-ahead implementation where the input signal is divided, and one side is delayed. The non-delayed signal is used to drive the compression of the delayed signal, which then appears at the output. This way a smooth-sounding slower attack rate can be used to catch transients.
Aquamarine3 is based on Core8, the revolutionary upgraded multithreading technology by Acustica Audio based into an optimization of Core7 in terms of high performance but also introduces new and important features like FIR/IIR algorithmic side-chain, and predisposition for FIR/IIR clipper, and dynamic loading.
Opto Compressor (electroluminescent optical attenuator) Section:• Thrsh: threshold from 0 to 23 dB.• Gain: from 1 to 23 dB.• Ahead: from 0 to 4.
VCA Compressor (discrete voltage controlled amplifier) Section:• Thrsh: threshold from 0 to 23 dB.• Gain: from 1 to 23 dB.• ShMod: from 0 to 4.• Attack: from 0.1 to 30 ms.• Release: from 0.1 to 1.2 seconds, plus auto-release.• Ratio: from 1.2 to flood.
Preamp Section:• P-1: the same vintage preamp of Purple P-1, very clean.• Bronze: the most colored setting.• Silver: more colored than gold but quite clean.• Gold: with low distortion and flat low frequency response.
In Out Section:• Internal side-chain filter: on and off at 90 Hz. • Output: from -192 to +6 dB.• Mix: from 100% to 0%.