Acustica have announced the release of a new free plugin, TAN, which will be the first free plugin based on their new CORE8 technology. CORE8, also known as Acqua, is Acustica’s own plugin engine. It is known for emulating classic analogue hardware very accurately by capturing ‘dynamic impulse responses’. In this case, TAN is said to offer a variety of VCA-style compression.
Acustica TAN: Free Compressor Plugin
Who doesn’t love a free compressor plugin? Especially when it’s from a high-quality manufacturer such as Acustica. When it comes to audio quality, Acustica tend to rank above most. I’ve tried a few of their plugins before and the quality is stunning. I’m really looking forward to trying this one out soon. However, they tend to be CPU heavy and most machines won’t be able to run many simultaneously in the same mix. Nevertheless, I do admire that there is at least a manufacturer that’s pushing the boundaries of what’s technically possible.
This compressor plugin promises to be one of the best-sounding free plugins you can use. As a VCA-style compressor it’s most common uses are likely be bus or group compression, or perhaps even in your mastering chain. There are all the usual parameters such as attack, release, threshold, ratio, dry/wet and make-up gain plus a newly named feature ‘ShMod’. This cool new control apparently ‘shapes’ the attack of the compressor, simulating different styles of compression.
More Information and Free Download
For more information and to get your free copy, head over to Acustica’s webpage for TAN. This free plugin will run in VST, AU and AAX formats for 32 and 64 bit Mac and Windows systems. I would recommend however, as with all Acustica plugins, that you’ll need a very powerful machine as they tend to be CPU hungry.