Acustica Cream2 on offer for Plugin-Collective

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Chi-Individual
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Post 25 Mar 2021

https://focusrite.com/en/plugin-collective

If you have a plugin collective account, the new offer dropped today for March 25 - May 27th. I'm not familiar with this company but the download as VST2 was over a gig. Looks cool though. Can't wait to put it through the paces. If anyone is familiar please share your thoughts.

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hurricane
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Post 25 Mar 2021

Ooh sweet!

Here's what it is, from this review: https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/acustica-audio-cream

Acustica isn’t saying exactly which pieces of vintage British hardware have been sampled in the development stages of Cream, but a quick look at the manual does make it glaringly obvious.

The Line and Mic preamps are from a 1970s EMI TG12345 console (EMI’s first solid state desk), while the Tube models draw on two EMI tape recorders - a rare 1967 one and a 1960 BTR 2 ‘green machine’ - and the EMI RS124 compressor.

The EQ section is more straightforward in spec: the A models (represented by a green backplate) are all captured from SoundDrops’ clone of the EMI REDD valve console EQ, while the B filters are from the TG12345 again.

Finally, the two Compressor models also take in solid state and valve-based processors for two distinct sonic flavours. Compressor B is the limiter stage from the EMI TG12345, and C is the vari-mu RS124, based on the American Altec 436B.
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arqui
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Post 25 Mar 2021

Bravo!!!! for Focusrite.... greate gift!!! :clap:
A channel strip like the ones on abbey road, enjoy it !!!
I always looked at the waves, but I don't like the issue of the soft verification they have so I had dismissed them ...
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tallguy
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Post 27 Mar 2021

Got it. Their download system is a bit confusing as there are some dead links on their pages. Never a good look in my book. And boy are these plugins huge, took some time to download. All that sample data I guess.

Another weird thing is that by default everything is switched off inside the plugin. I found myself turning knobs and not hearing a difference until I noticed the not very obvious thumbwheels for enabling the pre-amp, EQ, compressor...

And be prepared for increasing your buffer size

All that said, it certainly sounds very good and in the end that's what it's all about. I can see why people rave about it.

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guitfnky
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Post 27 Mar 2021

download is weird indeed.

but once I got to the installer and went to install the VST3...why is an effect plugin almost 2 gigabytes??

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tallguy
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Post 27 Mar 2021

guitfnky wrote:
27 Mar 2021
why is an effect plugin almost 2 gigabytes??
sample data

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guitfnky
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Post 27 Mar 2021

tallguy wrote:
27 Mar 2021
guitfnky wrote:
27 Mar 2021
why is an effect plugin almost 2 gigabytes??
sample data
interesting—so does that mean its processing is convolution-based, or something?

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tallguy
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Post 27 Mar 2021

guitfnky wrote:
27 Mar 2021
tallguy wrote:
27 Mar 2021


sample data
interesting—so does that mean its processing is convolution-based, or something?
Yes, it seems to be Acustica's way of doing things. Not too sure how common this approach is

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guitfnky
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Post 27 Mar 2021

tallguy wrote:
27 Mar 2021
guitfnky wrote:
27 Mar 2021


interesting—so does that mean its processing is convolution-based, or something?
Yes, it seems to be Acustica's way of doing things. Not too sure how common this approach is
very cool—I’d heard of convolution processing used outside of reverbs/space simulations before, but this is the first time I’ve actually encountered it (I think).

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Post 27 Mar 2021

The more you get into Acustica you'll either love it or hate it. I love it.
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tallguy
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Post 29 Mar 2021

My computer started crashing after I dropped Cream 2 into a project. My entire system would freeze. I'll steer well clear from the Acustica stuff for now.

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guitfnky
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Post 29 Mar 2021

I opted not to install it--I don't need to take up that much disk space for a channel strip--especially if it's as much of a CPU hog as it sounds like it is. plenty of other excellent plugins that are light on CPU and disk space. still, it's nice to have it free, and know I can try it out if I ever change my mind.

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