Acustica Audio has gotten its sampling-happy hands on some very rare Italian units from the 1960s and later. The result is Blond – a suite of gear emulations which contains an EQ, mixer, preamp, and compressor modules. Each module comes with a bunch of switchable modes to let you mix and match different circuits. Looks like a lot of fun!
Acustica Audio Blond
The Blond suite comprises the following modules:
Blond EQ – contains two 4-band parametric equalizers with high and low-pass filters, along with a choice of 24 line and mic preamp emulations for analog saturation. Both EQs are derived from a 70’s mixing console designed by “one of the greatest Italian designers ever”.
Blond Pre Mixer – emulates 4 equalizers included in Italian mix consoles made between 1960 and 1989. They feature solid-state, tube, and FET designs with heavy audio coloration.
Blond Pre – contains 24 line preamps and 24 mic preamps from a 70s Italian mix console. Each channel exhibits a slightly different frequency response so it’s possible to pull off a virtual console in your DAW. There are also 18 line preamps sampled from a Binson mix console, along with 8 additional preamps.
Blond Comp – features 5 different dynamics processors. There are two FET compressors, a stereo optical compressor, a tube compressor, and a limiter with a tube preamp stage.
All in all, Blond is an impressive museum-like collection of gear you are not likely to stumble upon outside of a respectable Italian recording studio. The variety of processors makes Blond an all-purpose suite of plug-ins for frequency adjustment, dynamics control, and vintage-style coloration. Bringing this project to life must have taken a crazy amount of work.
Price and availability
Acustica Audio is selling Blond for an introductory price of EUR 109, down from the regular EUR 179. The suite is available in all the usual formats for Windows and macOS computers. Authorization and installation are handled by the developer’s own Aquarius product manager application. A free trial version is available.