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Release notes

Terminology  


All notable changes/news regarding Acqua plugins will be reported in chronological order on this page.

These will be differentiated into four main macros:

  • New release: new product(s) are officially available on our website. They can be purchased in our store and downloaded using our Aquarius download manager.
  • Core Update: updates regarding our main engine and driving technology of the plugins. Obvious advantages are for example more responsiveness, resolution of problems linked to older engines such as the 'echo bug' or graphic glitches, better usability and lower CPU consumption
  • Product Upgrade: new features are added/removed to/from existing products such as plugin modules, functionalities or features, GUI variations and more.
  • Fix: all minor fixes that improve the stability and usability of a plugin

History

What has changed?  

April 1, 2020

  • Coffee - The PUn
    New release: Coffee Free - The PUn is available through Aquarius as a forever-FREE download!

March 24, 2020

  • Lime2
    New release: Lime2 M4 (Modula) available!
    Get Lime2 M4 for FREE if you already own both the Acqua plug-in and Modula.
    IMPORTANT: make sure you have installed the LATEST version of Modula (M4) before use LIME2 M4, this is a mandatory requirement to ensure the correct operation of the plugin.

March 17, 2020

  • Lime2
    New release: Lime2 suite available!
    Core update: CORE 15  - Lime2 features our latest core engine technology which now includes EHR™ - Enhanced Harmonic Response Technology, and Dynamic Routing™!
    -Available sampling rates: 96-44.1-88.2-48 kHz

March 5, 2020

  • Jade
    Fix:  Release N available, recall issue fixed

March 3, 2020

  • Jade
    Fix:  new wrapper for VST3, AU, AAX that solves various issues.

March 2, 2020

  • Big Ceil
    Product Upgrade:  The BigCeil suite now includes the Celestial bundle: a three-plugin suite (CELESTIAL MIX, CELESTIAL MASTER BUS, CELESTIAL MASTERING) for sound manglers who want to add some creative texturizing and psychoacoustic action to their tracks.

February 25, 2020

  • Jade
    Fix: Output Volume control behaviour.
    Fix: Latency Compensation in JADEAL version.
    Fix: Preamp model D ringing

February 24, 2020

  • Jade
    New release: Jade suite available! Jade comprises 5 different hardware units merged into 3 different EQ emulations (A - B - C), two dynamics processors (Discrete Class-A Compressor (D)/Peak Limiter (E) ) and, last but not least, a complete preamplifier section that lets you choose among 5 different flavors.
    -Core update: CORE 15  - NEW Enhanced Harmonic Response Technology - one of the key features of our brand new CORE 15 engine - which we are currently developing to add even more features! Also, the behavior and the sound of these dynamic processors may vary further based on Jade's Dynamic Routing™ control technology (channel strip version) that sets different block configurations.
    -Available sampling rates: 96-44.1-88.2-48 kHz

February 14, 2020

  • Cola2
    New release: Cola2 suite available!
    Core update: CORE 15 - Cola2 is the first plug-in of our line to introduce EHR - Enhanced Harmonic Response Technology - one of the key features of our brand new CORE 15 engine - which we are currently developing to add even more features!
    -Available sampling rates: 96-44.1 kHz

February 10, 2020

  • N4
    Core update: N4 R012 (legacy and troubleshooting) and R014 (standard) released.

DETAILS
UPDATED N4, using latest release of the engine 1.4.327, the version N4 .014 and the framework E
it fixes several bugs and a very strange crash bug:

Fixes:
- Dynamic rate conversion disabled on N4 and Aquarius setup for libraries (update repository is mandatory).- Fixed frozen parameters on automation.
- Fixed denormal issues added on Xcode10.
- Fixed strange folders with "\ etc." create on macOS.
- Fixed N4 crashing when an important folder is not present.
- Fixed generic crashes linked to uninitialized structures.
- Partially fixed meters (direct metering is still not enabled for N4).
- damaged engine folders (caused by aquarius), this fix is only in version R013
- also this version fixes denormals in a better way

About the releases:
R012 is based on old N4 wrapper 1.1.013
R013 is based on new N4 wrapper 1.1.014

They are both based on engine 1.4.327, but LEGACY engines are not supported (in acqua plugin we can set LEGACY mode and enable old engines). Maybe we'll release something for legacy engines too (compiled on old xcode compilers).
Note: the engine is signed (so Catalina ready), but N4 is still not signed (it will be signed soon). We are waiting for an update soon, so the release candidate will be R014

Also LEGACY engines can't be signed, they will never be Catalina-ready. So much better if we make version R013/R014 working everywhere, because it could work on Catalina.

February 7, 2020

  • Emerald2
    Core update: new engine 1.4.328

DETAILS (Engine 1.4.328) :
- Dynamic rate conversion disabled on N4 and Aquarius setup for libraries (update repository is mandatory).- Fixed frozen parameters on automation.
- Fixed denormal issues added on Xcode10.
- Fixed strange folders with "\ etc." create on macOS.
- Fixed N4 crashing when an important folder is not present.
- Fixed generic crashes linked to uninitialized structures.
- Partially fixed meters (direct metering is still not enabled for N4).

  • Aquarius
    Core update: New Aquarius version 2.3.560 released!

DETAILS
This version now offers full support for both authorization modes (Applescript legacy mode and keychain mode) on all areas, including auto-update.
-on macOS systems < 10.15 (Catalina), Aquarius detects script error and automatically switches from keychain to legacy mode. User should retry installation.
-on Catalina, keychain mode is recommended. Legacy mode is possible, but there are limitations about stage area location – Aquarius will check it and inform you about it.
-you can change authorization mode manually - open Settings/Installation and look for “Keychain enabled” option
-if you are experiencing Aquarius auto-update failure on your system (it is happening because of permission issues), this update will most likely fail as well, because 2.3.558 doesn’t include fix.

  • N4 Player
    Core update: version O008 released!

DETAILS
UPDATED N4 Player, using latest release of the engine 1.4.327, the version N4 .014 and the framework E
it fixes several bugs and a very strange crash bug:

Fixes:
- Dynamic rate conversion disabled on N4 and Aquarius setup for libraries (update repository is mandatory).- Fixed frozen parameters on automation.
- Fixed denormal issues added on Xcode10.
- Fixed strange folders with "\ etc." create on macOS.
- Fixed N4 crashing when an important folder is not present.
- Fixed generic crashes linked to uninitialized structures.
- Partially fixed meters (direct metering is still not enabled for N4).
- damaged engine folders (caused by aquarius), this fix is only in version R013
- also this version fixes denormals in a better way

About the releases:
R012 is based on old N4 wrapper 1.1.013
R013 is based on new N4 wrapper 1.1.014

They are both based on engine 1.4.327, but LEGACY engines are not supported (in acqua plugin we can set LEGACY mode and enable old engines). Maybe we'll release something for legacy engines too (compiled on old xcode compilers).
Note: the engine is signed (so Catalina ready), but N4 is still not signed (it will be signed soon). We are waiting for an update soon, so the release candidate will be R014

Also LEGACY engines can't be signed, they will never be Catalina-ready. So much better if we make version R013/R014 working everywhere, because it could work on Catalina.

  • M4
    Core update: commercial (standard) version A010 released!; M4 standard (now legacy) release A007 released!

DETAILS

BTW: in Aquarius today you can safetly install M4 catalina edition even if you don't have Catalina, so the legacy release will be deprecated very soon

News:
- various bugfixes (crashes), especially on MAC OSX side
- it doesn't create strange folders any more on mac osx
- better handling of denormals on the server side
- now mixed mode based on both tcp and pipes/local domain socket possible. We'll explain it

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MAC OSX USERS - all users, not just catalina users
M4 "standard" is based on legacy engine (the same legacy engine you find in acqua releases).
M4 "experimental catalina" edition is based on standard engine. It works on ALL mac osx systems

important: Now the "catalina" edition is aimed to ALL mac osx systems. It is the release "to go".

If you installed the "not catalina" (so you installed the standard) you can uninstall and install the catalina version. We suggest to do it: soon the legacy version will be removed.
This is the procedure:
- uninstall modula using aquarius (in the update page choose "uninstall" option beside M4)
- install modula "catalina edition".

If you experience weird behaviour just remove this version and go to the other version, installing it again.

 

January 27, 2020

  • Emerald2
    New release: Emerald2 suite available!

    It includes Emerald2 Universal Equalizer, Emerald2 Universal Filter and Emerald2 E200
    -Emerald 'Extra' Frequencies pack (48-88.2 kHz) will be available via Aquarius in a few days!

December 20, 2019

  • Gold3
    Product Upgrade: New presets added

December 18, 2019

  • Celestial
    New release: Celestial suite available!

December 17, 2019

  • Ruby2
    Core Update: Engine Update

December 5, 2019

  • Pensado EQ
    Fix: Automation (read and write) fixed;
    Touch and latch under revision

November 29, 2019

November 28, 2019

  • Scarlet4
    Fix: missing frequency fixed

  • Gold3
    Product Upgrade: 48-88.2 kHz samples available.

November 22, 2019

  • Scarlet4
    Fix: peak meters fixed.
    Product Upgrade: 48-88.2 kHz samples available.

November 21, 2019

  • Gold3
    Fix: bus preamp in GOLDEQ and GOLDPRE;
    GOLD3PRE vst3 hidden in Cubase; Output Gain in GOLD3.
    Product Upgrade: New AI preset available.

November 19, 2019

  • Gold3
    New release: Gold3 suite available!
    Core Update: CORE 14.

October 31, 2019

  • Scarlet4
    New release: Scarlet4 release M available in Aquarius.
    Fix: Preamp harmonics improvement ( Scarlet4 Standard and Classic version).

October 30, 2019

  • Scarlet4
    New release: Scarlet4 release L available in Aquarius.
    Fix: Preamp harmonics fixed

October 24, 2019

  • Scarlet4
    New release: Scarlet4 release I available in Aquarius. AI presets added

October 23, 2019

  • Scarlet4
    New release: Scarlet4 suite available!
    Core Update: CORE 14.

October 21, 2019

  • Cola
    Core Update: Engine 1.4.302.

October 4, 2019

  • Sand3
    Fix: Sand3Eq, Sand3EqPE, Sand3EqPg meters values fixed.

September 30, 2019

September 25, 2019

  • Sand3
    New release: Sand3 suite available!
    Core Update: CORE 14.

September 3, 2019

  • N4
    Core Update:
    N4 R010 (new IDE for Windows and macOS).
    N4 R009 (use this release on legacy OSs or legacy computers).
    Fix: N4 Cakewalk sessions recall fixed.

August 22, 2019

  • NEW!
    Core Update:
    64 bits compiled on XCode10 target framework 10.8 nebula framework B000.
    32 bits compiled on XCode 3.2 target framework 10.6 nebula framework A000, to be deprecated soon.
    64 bits vstgui4 compiled on Visualstudio 2017 v141 target framework 8.1 nebula framework A000.
    32 bits vstgui4 compiled on Visualstudio 2017 v141 target framework 8.1 nebula framework A000, to be deprecated soon.
    32/64 bits vstgui3 compiled on Visualstudio 2010 nebula framework A000, to be deprecated soon.

August 21, 2019

  • N4
    Core Update: Engine 1.4.294x.
    Assembler framework compiled in XCode 10.
  • BigCeil
    Core Update: Engine 1.4.294x.
    Assembler framework compiled in XCode 10.
  • Tan
    Core Update: Engine 1.4.294x
    Assembler framework compiled in XCode 10.
  • Azure
    Product Upgrade: 48-88.1 kHz samples available.

August 14, 2019

  • Coral2
    Product Upgrade: 48-88.2 kHz samples available.

August 13, 2019

  • Pink3
    Fix: Pink EQ 1650 - HMF A in Peak - 3KHz frequency issue.
    Pink 3 Channel-strip - Bandpass Filter button behaviour fixed.

  • White2
    Fix: High band frequencies issues at 48 and 88.2 kHz fixed.

August 8, 2019

  • Navy2
    New release: Navy2 available!
    Extra plugin added: Navy2 EQ, Navy2 Comp.
    Core Update: CORE 14.

 

July 18, 2019

  • Honey2
    New release: Honey2 F000 released! Engine 1.4.279.

July 17, 2019

  • Coral2
    New release: Coral2 I000 released! Engine 1.4.279.

July 12, 2019

      • Cola
        New release: Cola R000 released!
        New feature: NUW v2 with JUCE v4 available.
        New feature: VST3 and AU side-chain is possible now in both formats.
        Fix: Latency compensation in AAX format fixed.
      • Coral2
        New release: Coral2 H000 released!
        New feature: NUW v2 with JUCE v4 available.
        New feature: VST3 and AU side-chain is possible now in both formats.
        Fix: Latency compensation in AAX format fixed.
      • Coral2 (trial)
        New release: Coral2 trial C000 released!
        New feature: NUW v2 with JUCE v4 available.
        New feature: VST3 and AU side-chain is possible now in both formats.
        Fix: Channel Strip compressor authorization issue.
        Fix: Latency compensation in AAX format fixed.

July 11, 2019

      • Coral2
        New release: Coral2 suite available!
        Core Update: CORE 13.5 - Coral2 Baxter M/S included in this suite utilizing AI Deep Learning Technology.
        Extra: Coral Baxter available through Aquarius as a forever-FREE download!

July 2, 2019

      • N4
        Core Update: N4 P000 released!

July 2, 2019

      • Cola
        New release: Cola N000 released!
        Fix: Preset (DL) loading/crashing issue solved.

        Product Upgrade: VST3 support now External sidechain.
        64 bit - VST3 processing

 

June 27, 2019

      • Cola
        New release: Cola suite available!
        Core Update: CORE 13.5 - Cola c228 included in this suite is the first standalone plugin based on AI Deep Learning Technology.

June 20, 2019

      • Magenta5
        Fix: Low-Frequency band - 330 Hz issues fixed

June 17, 2019

      • Honey3
        Product Upgrade: Honey suite version 3 released; The Honey3 suite consists of:
        Honey3 Vintage EQ, Honey3 Classic EQ, Honey3 Comp, Honey3 Channel-strip.
        Core Update: CORE13.

 

May 24, 2019

      • Azure2
        Product Upgrade: Azure2 available;
        Core Update: CORE13.

May 20, 2019

      • Ultramarine4
        Fix: Ultramarine4 manual version 1.1 available; Product Upgrade: Ultramarine4 release O available.

May 17, 2019

      • Ultramarine4
        Product Upgrade: Ultramarine suite version 4 released; Ultramarine4 A-58 Reverb
        Extra plugin added: Ultramarine4 A-27 EQ, Ultramarine4 A-64 EQ, Ultramarine4 Channel-strip.
        Core Update: CORE13.

May 7, 2019

      • Purple2
        Product Upgrade: Purple 2 release I available; 48-88.2 kHz pack added.

 

April 17, 2019

      • Pink3
        Product Upgrade: Pink version 3 released; 48-88.2 kHz samples available;
        Core Update: CORE13;
        Fix: minor bug fixing.

April 12, 2019

      • BigCeil
        Product Upgrade/New Release:  Acustica Audio is proud to introduce to you Ceil's bigger brother. Give a warm welcome to BigCeil, your ultimate British channel-strip which includes many classic designs in one comprehensive production tool. No matter what your main musical genre is, once you try BigCeil, you'll want to use it on every mix.

      • BigCeil
        Fix: VST3 installation problem.

      • Purple2
        Product Upgrade: improved framework compatibility (8.1 Windows).
        Performance optimization on Windows.

April 8, 2019

      • Purple2
        Fix: Purple2M5 issue in Logic.

         NOTE: In order to have it listed in Logic - AU plugins :

          -unistall Purple2.
          -clean the AU Cache.
          -re-install Purple2 latest version.

April 4, 2019

      • Purple2
        Product Upgrade: P-1 and M-5 EQs improved.
        Extra plugin added: legendary vintage passive EQs (P-AA, H-2, M-5).
        Core Update: CORE 13.

April 3, 2019

 

March 29, 2019

      • Aquamarine4
        Product Upgrade: mastering opto/discrete compressor improved.
        Extra plugin added: an iconic vintage passive EQ  (Aquamarine 4 EQ).
        Fix: Sidechain filter issue.
        Core Update: CORE 13.

March 19, 2019

      • Titanium3
        Product Upgrade: In addition to our classic 3-band compressor and the single-band compressor, we added extra juicy processors: Titanium3 EQ (standalone all-tube passive Equalizer),Titanium3 Pre (Preamp standalone module),Titanium3 Strip (Channel strip that includes all the previous cited standalone plugins) and Titanium BASSTard: a bass-frequency monster machine derived directly from the complete Equaliser, available through Aquarius as a forever-FREE download!
        Core Update: CORE 13.

March 1, 2019

      • Amber3
        Product Upgrade: 48-88.2 kHz samples added.
        Fix: Mid-Side issue (Amber 3 EQ Stereo version).
        Fix: Eco bug issue.
        Fix: Amber 3 EQ Stereo, LMF freq knob issue.

 

February 28, 2019

      • Amber3
        Fix: Amber3 release N000 available in Aquarius, 44.1 / 96 fix of HF interpolation bug at 44kHz. 

February 27, 2019

      • Amber3
        Product Upgrade: Amber3 includes Amber3 EQ (Equalizer standalone module), Amber3 Stereo EQ (Stereo Equalizer standalone module), Amber3 Comp (Compressor standalone module), Amber3 Pre (Preamps standalone module), Amber3 Channel-strip.

February 21, 2019

February 8, 2019

      • Magenta5
        Fix: phase issue in High-Frequency band.

 

February 5, 2019

 

January 29, 2019

      • Ivory4
        Product Upgrade: 48-88.2 kHz samples added - VST3 available

January 23, 2019

      • El Rey
        Product Upgrade: VST3 format available.

January 16, 2019

      • Taupe
        Fix: minor bug fixes - EQ A stepped gain fixed.
        Product Upgrade: 48-88.2 kHz. samples added - VST3 available.

January 14, 2019

January 10, 2019

      • Viridian2
        Core Update: CORE 13.
        Fix: preamp output level not working.

 

December 20, 2018

      • Cream2
        Core Update: CORE 13.
        Fix: PRE C in Cream2 PRE (standalone version) Issue has been resolved.

December 19, 2018

December 18, 2018

      • Ceil
        New release: Ceil (AU, VST2, AAX), free Christmas Gift until February 14, 2019.

December 13, 2018

      • Ruby2
        Core Update: CORE 13
        Fix: interpolation error 44khz low cut band.

December 5, 2018

    • Sand2
      Core Update: CORE 13.
      Fix: Echo bug completely removed, lighter on CPU, open more instances in a mix, more responsive, less sample noise, more linear low-end response.

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