If you’re looking for some new toys for your virtual rack, here’s something new to consider. Acustica Audio has released version 4 of Pink, its modelled analog gear suite. Pink4 recreates a bunch of studio gear from the 60’s made in America. Here’s more about the project…
Acustica Audio Pink4
The Pink4 suite comprises six plug-ins including a preamp module with 8 circuit models, a 10-band graphic EQ, a 4-band parametric EQ, single and multi-band compressors, and a channel strip which integrates all the processors in a single plug-in. Of note is that the 4-band EQ model contains a preamp section with 16 line path and 9 custom preamp emulations. This makes the module suitable for analog summing inside the box. Simply insert the plug-in on your audio tracks and push the controls into the kind of saturation you find pleasing.
As far as virtual rack equipment goes, Pink4 is certainly a stand-out. However, the fidelity comes at a cost – a whopping 9GB download and relatively high CPU usage. Hopefully, your computer is up to spec and able to handle as many instances as you need in a project.
Pink4 is based on Core 15, Acustica’s latest audio technology. Version 15 upgrades the engine with Enhanced Dynamic Response and Dynamic Routing. The former makes it possible to push the added harmonic content of a particular unit into higher than normal values, making its audio coloration more pronounced. The latter turns channel strip components into dynamic elements that are automatically re-arranged as needed. This improves plug-in flexibility, responsiveness and CPU consumption.
Price and availability
Pink4 is a free update for existing owners of the suite. As a new purchase, it’s priced EUR 69 (down from EUR 199) for the first four weeks after release. Very good value with a long introductory window! The plug-ins are available in VST, AU, and AAX formats for Windows and Mac computers.