Most of Acustica’s plug-ins are based on impulse responses, so it was only a matter of time until the developer would venture into the world of reverb. It’s taken Acustica surprisingly long, but now they’ve introduced Silver, the company’s first dedicated reverb plug-in. Yes, it’s a convolution reverb, but it comes with a twist that Acustica calls “dynamic convolution”.
Acustica Audio Silver
Convolution reverbs are the current state of technology when it comes to imitating real-world spaces. But Acustica says that most IR-based reverbs sound static and lack dimension. Building on the experience they gained while developing Sienna, Acustica claims that they’ve come up with a solution, which they’ve named “dynamic convolution”. This involves digital sound processing and artificial intelligence.
Silver includes a so-called Perfection Control section, which helps to correct the sampled space by eliminating problems that stem from the geometry of the room, Acustica says. It’s like an EQ that works on every reflection. There’s a slider for mixing the original impulse response with an “ideal” one, which lets you fine-tune the reverb and gives you more flexibility.
Acustica claims that they’ve also improved upon the way in which changes of the length of the reverb tail are handled. The manufacturer says that Silver lets you modify the tail of the reverb at will, without distorting the first reflections like many other convolution reverbs.
Three free players
Silver has another thing in common with Sienna. The plug-in suite consists of three different players (Silver, Silver Mini, Silver Lite), which are essentially just different GUIs for the same engine with a few differences in the controls. The players themselves are actually free and include four different emulated physical spaces by default. Along with the Silver plug-ins, Acustica has now released Silver Volume A, the first of what will presumably be a series of expansion packs that you’ll be able to purchase. Silver Volume A contains 77 physical spaces ranging from clubs to churches to opera houses and theaters to studios and scoring stages. More expansions are coming soon, Acustica says.
Price and compatibility
The three Silver players are now available for free via the Acustica website. You’ll need Acustica’s Aquarius application to download and install them.
Silver Volume A is now available at an introductory discount. During the first four weeks, the expansion pack costs €119 (down from €159).
The Silver plug-ins run on Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.14 or higher in VST, AU and AAXformats.
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