Acustica Audio releases version 5 of its Ivory mastering plug-in suite. Already numbering at 2 equalizers, 2 compressors, and 2 dynamic equalizers, the analog-inspired mastering suite gets a dual-band limiter for that finishing touch. The sound of the gear replicated by the Ivory suite – the equalizers, at least – can be described as Sontec with an edge. That’s music to my ears!
Acustica Audio Ivory 5
The MAL-2 mastering limiter plug-in’s addition is the highlight in this new version 5. It emulates an analog two-band peak limiter inspired by a famous British manufacturer’s creation. Indeed, audio gear piracy has been alive and well long before the days of amp profiling and copycat brands!
Anyway, this limiter can be used in dual band mode which splits the input signal at 2kHz to let you process the two halves independently. Otherwise, you can use it as a traditional broadband limiter. Of note is that both limiters have their thresholds and output levels internally set at a fixed level. Thus, the LF and/or HF Threshold control(s) should be considered as input gain controls instead. The video at the end of the article provides a better glimpse at what the plug-in is capable of.
Additionally, version 5 brings the emulated preamps up to Acustica’s current standards and improves the plug-ins’ CPU consumption. The Ivory Dyn EQ also gets a new SOA control. As usual, all plug-ins are available in standard and zero-latency versions. The latter are optimized for use during tracking.
Acustica Audio Ivory5 – Price and availability
The Ivory5 suite is sold at an introductory price of EUR 103, down from EUR 199 (48% off). The offer is valid until August 13, 2021. The plug-ins are available in VST, AU, and AAX formats for 64-bit computers running Windows 10 or macOS 10.14 and later. Installation and authorization are handled via Acustica’s Aquarius application. A free trial version and the PDF user manual can be downloaded from the developer’s website.