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Re: Acustica

Postby Frogy » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:55 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:I installed it yesterday, seems to be working fine so far.

Beginning to wonder how many Pultec-style EQs one really needs though!

Yes, I do know what you mean Sam. Pultec's are not my favourite style of eq.

You would probably have been better off reviewing Azure (Soma Knif) or the recent Pink2 (API) channel strip. These two definitely offer something different in a high quality way.
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Re: Acustica

Postby Sam Inglis » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:25 pm

Well I also have the Gold EQ and the unfortunately titled Lemon delay to look at, so it won't only be Ruby.
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Re: Acustica

Postby Frogy » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:28 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:Well I also have the Gold EQ and the unfortunately titled Lemon delay to look at, so it won't only be Ruby.

LOL :D
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Re: Acustica

Postby Jack Ruston » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:43 am

Frogy wrote:You would probably have been better off reviewing Azure (Soma Knif) or the recent Pink2 (API) channel strip. These two definitely offer something different in a high quality way.

I must say I’m also loving Pink2 and Azure at the moment. Really special.
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Re: Acustica

Postby Acustica Audio - Press » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:21 pm

Hi all,

I am posting here on behalf of Acustica Audio. I should first say that the SOS team has been both supportive and impartial (as Jack noted, it is indeed the reason for him to not do any reviews of our products). So big thanks guys! Currently we have a review in the making, and we are talking about the possibility of another, and in the next news there will Pink2 featured. I should also say that I fully agree with what Sam said - we release a lot of products at a very fast pace - something other companies aren't able to do. This is simply due to our approach being based on sampling. So it is normal that magazines cannot review all of our products. And thanks Frogy for all the kind words and attention! Just for the record - until Decemeber 2017 AA never had a marketing/PR person on-board. I do this now and it takes some time for things to take off. So hopefully our existing and new potential customers will see a positive change. But it is people like you, mate, who helped the company grow so much in the past 4 years - thanks for the support!

Cheers,
Nik

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Re: Acustica

Postby Acustica Audio - Press » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:41 pm

James Perrett wrote:
Frogy wrote:Focusrite Liquid Mix employed Sintefex's Dynamic Convolution technique, whereas Acustica use a proprietary Vectorial Volterra Kernels technique. They are similar in a few respects, but VVK allows the capture of harmonic distortion, which makes significant differences when sampling a hardware unit - eq, compressor etc.

Hmmm - in the abstract at

http://www.aes-uk.org/forthcoming-meeti ... -software/

they specifically mention the use of VVK as a way of getting around existing patents. If I get time I'll watch that presentation and see if there's anything interesting there.

Hello James,

Allow me to reply to your comment.

I think that a much more recent video that shows off the tech behind what we do is this one:
https://youtu.be/GI2RjH9mmgE

[and frankly, our CEO/CTO's English wasn't as good at the time of the first video - so this watches better :) ]

The reason why Sintefex's Dynamic Convolution was mentioned in this abstract you point to is that, we are not trying to hide the origins of our ideas and we like to give credit where it is due. It is the same reason why Giancarlo (CEO/CTO of AA) quotes Angelo Farina in all of his talks/papers. Indeed Angelo himself also quotes GC as an example of how far those ideas can be pushed.

However, it is very important to stress that the tech we base our products on is not merely a mod of dynamic convolution to avoid patent issues! The reasons for the existing differences are far deeper and such that affect the levels of unwanted distortions of the final products and ultimately their sound!

I also want to point out that we have been constantly improving this tech since 2003, more so since 2013-2014, when Acustica became from a 'one-man hobby' a real company. Just a few weeks ago we released Core12 of our engine. Yes, you are right, in its very core this tech is the same as what came out as Nebula (1) in 2005. But in the past years we have not had a work day (specifically last 4+ years) in which someone from the team has not done any coding changes, additions or optimisations to the engine.

For example today we can create hard distortion based on proprietary new tech that has no equivalent in the way it is done (at least to my knowledge) and our compressors have impressively low aliasing figures and no artifacts, as they did some years ago. Today we are also able to sample clippers. And our approach to convolution partitioning (especially useful for reverbs) presents optimisations that push the limits of previous patented methods.

So I would dare to say that where we are today is light years ahead of what the market has seen previously from any approach based on dynamic sampling.

I can continue with this, but really, the proof is in the pudding. So I would like to invite you to try some of our latest Core 12 products. They speak for themselves! Pink2, Azure and Ruby are indeed a great way to hear what we do.

Thanks.

Best wishes,
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