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Ebony is a State-of-the-art modeling of legendary vintage units completely different than previous Acqua Effect plug-ins products.
The realization of EBONY is the result of our continuous exploration for classic and covetted outboard gear, and our desire to achieve perfection in our modeling.

What’s the main novelty?
Acustica is very proud to release the first plate REVERB Acqua plugin and we included it in our best channel-strip ever created ! The rarity of emulated devices, the software development, the design work… all of this makes this plug-in truly special.
The Acustica team never stops! With this latest product Acustica has decided to add new important features to demonstrate how this Acqua plugin is one of the most complex and com­plete ACQUA plugins ever released.
Our mission is to satisfy  all customers  and we believe that now Ebony can be the best choice without compromise to improve your sound.


Ebony is the name of the suite that consists of five different plug-ins:

We have put so much passion in these project and we are very proud to give you our first BEAUTIFUL-IZER!

"When you first listen to it on its own, you think 'It sounds like a plate. It doesn't sound like other plug in plates'. And then you bring it up in the track and the source just MELTS. The reverb and the source together become one sound, one silky, floating sound".
- Jack Ruston - 2017 Music Producers Guild, Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year nominee.
(Judas Priest, Reuben, Walking On Cars, McBusted, James Morrison, Loa Loa, Foxes and Birdy)

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Ebony is based on CORE X, the revolutionary upgraded multithreading technology by Acustica.
It is an optimization of Core9 in terms of high performance, it introduces new important features allows to optimize performance of Acqua plug-ins.
Features actually supported in Core X:
  • Internal saturation of the plug-in no longer exceeds +3 dB
  • New algorithm for hard-clipping.
  • "Multi-input system" implemented
  • "Blending algorithm" to reduce the number of istances, it allows significant saving in terms of CPU.

To Authorize Ebony we suggest you to use our Authorization Manager Application called Aquarius lite.
Click on the following "Aquarius preview" image to direct to your Dashboard and you will find the direct link to downalod it.


Key Features




Below is a brief overview. More details in our user's manual.

Ebony is the name of the suite equipped by three different equalizers, four rare compres­sors, eight preamplifers and a control section.
This suite represents a great offering on the market for any lover of a vintage sound and colors.Anyone in search for faithful emulations simply must try this vintage channel strip (complete with its standalone modules). Our emulation has preserved all these sound features and we are very proud of the result.

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Ebony Comp

Ebony is equipped with 4 different switchable compressors.
Acustica is proud to give to all customers these dynamic processors emulations.
After long research and development we were able to accomplish a great rare units emulations, they can be set up for extreme compression maintaining transparence (fairly transparent sound) and low noise even at extreme setup. CORE X contributed to create a masterpiece able to reproduce the behaviour of the hardware, and at the same time, it provides a number of plug-ins considerably more tolerable CPU consumption.

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Ebony Pre

Ebony Pre includes 8 different preamps to add great warmth.
They precisely emulate the phase, frequency response and harmonic distortion of their corresponding circuits.
The best use of these colors can only be decided by user on a case per case basis and the engineer’s final judgment should always depend on his/her own ears and imagination.

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Ebony EQ

Ebony EQ is composed by 3 different vintage Equalizers organized in two modules (HF/HMF module and LMF/ LF module). Each module is bypassed when the relevant ON button isn’t pressed (the section is bypassed). Thus it is possible to compose different combinations choosing from the available EQ emulations. More details in the user's manual

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Ebony Reverb

Ebony includes the first Acqua plug-in plate reverb emulation.
It recreates several features typical of the original device.
This iconic hardware  is used all over pop music today provided a smaller solution to large echo rooms  in other world it gives a huge room and a gorgeous sound but in a small space and
Starting from the original unit and using our technology we created our plug-in version adding new important features hoping will be appreciated.

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EBONY suite includes:

  • EBONY ZL (zero latency)
  • EBONY COMP ZL (zero latency)
  • EBONY EQ ZL (zero latency)
  • EBONY PRE ZL (zero latency)
  • EBONY REVERB HL* (high latency)

    *high latency, this reverb version doesn't use the ZL algorithm but rather a new implementation  introduced for the reverb to optimize  the CPU load  (8192 samples for HL version VS. 2048 samples for the standard version).


*For details please read our user's manual

Sampling rate

  • 44,1 kHz
  • 96 kHz



We are using these terms to define the introductory price of the product. It's a Public Beta Preview. In other words, we provide to the customers
a COMMERCIAL VERSION/ TRIAL VERSION that could be improved and bug fixed within this period.
If you want to be sure that the release is totally safe, you must wait for the pre-order term.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not ensure the complete absence of bugs or the perfect operation of the product.
Before purchasing, we suggest you to download the Trial version to verify the behavior of the plug-in with your system.
Trial products are fully-functional versions of the relative commercial plugin. The trial period lasts 30 days after activation.
CORE X upgrade solves spikes problems and jump volume issues.
We do not take any responsibility for misuse of the product or collateral problems derived from it.
Normally the pre-order period ends within 30 days from the publication of the product page but the period may vary at our discretion.


Sys Requirements

OSX 32 Bit OSX 64 Bit

Operating System Windows7 Windows10 OS X 10.8 OS X 10.11
CPU Dual Core Latest multicore CPU (1) Dual Core Latest multicore CPU (1)
RAM 4 Gb 16 GB to 128 GB 4 GB 16 GB to 128 GB
HDD/SDD 1000 Mb 1000 Mb 1000 Mb 1000 Mb
Screen Resolution 1024x768 (XGA) 1920×1080 (HDTV) (2) 1024x768 (XGA) 1920×1080 (HDTV) (2)
Audio Host VST2/AAX 32 bits VST2/AAX 64 bits VST/AU/AAX 32 bits
VST/AU/AAX 64 bits

(1) Intel Xeon v3 or Intel i7 generation 4 or 6 or newer is recommended.
(2) 3840x2160 UHDTV is also supported.

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