Acustica’s non-linear convolution technology is constantly evolving, and two new plug-in suites provide a dazzling showcase for their latest Core12 engine.
Acustica Audio have pursued their distinctive approach to replicating sought-after studio hardware for many years now, and the fruits of their labour are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Both as individual plug-ins with custom user interfaces, and as libraries for their Nebula software, Acustica’s product range must be the largest collection of mouth-watering vintage and modern gear available for any software platform. And it’s crucial to note that these are not emulations or models, such as you’ll find in other manufacturers’ catalogues; Acustica products are lovingly and exactingly ‘sampled’ from original hardware using the company’s proprietary Volterra Series non-linear convolution technology. This is an advanced form of dynamic convolution which allows very accurate modelling of the time-dependent behaviour of non-linear analogue circuit components like inductors and capacitors.
What’s driving a rapid increase in the popular awareness and acceptance of Acustica’s plug-ins isn’t just the massive product range, or their sound quality. Acustica have also been working hard to overcome technical hurdles that have hindered the technology, most notably its reputation for high CPU load and sluggish or limited user control. The two products under review here represent the latest iteration in this technological conveyer belt, using a new processing engine that Acustica call Core12. Pink2 and Ruby are available for all major native plug-in formats on both Mac OS and Windows.
The original Pink plug-in appears to have been something of a milestone for Acustica, and with Pink2, they’ve really gone the extra mile to show what their technology is capable of. Pink2 is not just...
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