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Acustica Audio Amber 3 2023-R2R screenshot
Team R2R | 20 Nov 2023 | 338.8MB
Amber 3 offers an accurate reproduction of an original class A optical compressor, plus a redesigned version of an iconic EQ and preamp created by a celebrated American company.

A Class-A Legend
Amber's compressor offers an accurate reproduction of an original class A opto compressor manufactured in the USA. We went great lengths to preserve the distinctive character of the original hardware unit, as well as its transparent musicality.

Amber 3 EQ
The Amber3 EQ is available in both mono and stereo versions. Both include the same controls, but Amber EQ Stereo also features extra functionalities to help facilitate your workflow.

Amber 3 Pre
The Amber 3 Pre features several super-reliable preamplifiers that will gently warm up to your sound, just like the corresponding real circuits on the original hardware. (Also available inside the channel strip.)

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  Member 14.11.2023 23
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  Member 29.11.2020 29 2346
The plugins are not sounding right at 48kHz especially with the Preamp ON. Try high shelf boost at 10kHz +4db

Reaper users use the FX instance OS 2X and hear the difference. Use track with extended high end content. It's not just nuances, sounding like the filtering is fucked up.
Check under Bertom EQ Curve too.
Remember to Stop and Play upon changing oversampling and close GUI to get the right result/readings.

Non-Reaper user can use Bluecat Patchworks. Load any Amber plugin on it, click on the name and select Oversampling, run it at 96kHz and hear the real sound of this plugin.

Here's the screenshot : Amber
Settings : +2db @ 50Hz, +1db @ 1.3kHz, +4db @ 10kHz

- the top image showing the right curve for the settings, when the plugin run at 2X OS (96kHz)
- the bottom image is when using it without OS at 48kHz

I think the filtering is faulty when running it at 48kHz, or maybe R2R can just set the internal processing sample rate of the plugin to 96kHz if possible ?

Hope R2R can check what's wrong with it.
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  Member 9.11.2016 69 382
my hdd crashed because R2R team epic pump in 2023

  Member 10.04.2012 247
300 MB only ? This has to be the most bloated software on the market thanks R2R
  Member 6.03.2021 109 101
well, actually 187 MB - unpack .7z and pack with WinRAR
Archieved the past for the future ..
  Member 31.05.2020 1 186
183mb even! pack with solid, best and 1024mb dictionary size
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  Member 6.03.2021 109 101
yes, I also added PDF manual, so it's 187 :)
Archieved the past for the future ..
  Member 24.03.2013 501
Because it works like IR rather than usual model.
  Member 26.12.2022 2
hey, many thanks to r2r :) does it work paralell with legit acustica software?
  Member 4.05.2021 257
  Member 11.11.2020 3 32
Let's go read the big NFO, but if you use legit and cracked one you will be banned from AA account
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  Member 20.11.2023 2
R2R Thank You Guys
  Resident 5.08.2014 343
Avalon AD2055 equalizer and Avalon AD2044 optical compressor.

Amber PRE (channel-strip version) OFF) preamp bypass

PRE1) AD2055 - EQ preamp stage (STEREO)
PRE2) AD2055 - EQ preamp stage (MONO)
PRE3) AD2044 - COMP preamp stage (STEREO)
PRE4) AD2044 - COMP preamp stage (MONO)

Amber PRE (stand-alone version)
1) Avalon AD2022 (Discrete Pure Class A - Stereo Mic Preamp) - Mic IN-OUT
2) Avalon M5 (Discrete Pure Class A - Mono Mic Preamp) - Mic IN-OUT
3) AD2044 - Stereo Pre - Line IN-OUT
4) AD2044 - Mono Pre - Line IN-OUT
  Member 24.01.2014 38
Sampled hardware:
  Member 4.01.2023 5 21
The GUI is so cute
  Member 7.08.2021 308
and how does it sound?
  Resident 12.01.2021 511
ATME, one of the weakest plugin by AA
  Member 16.11.2013 252
And one of the more convoluted installations by R2R so far.
It is shiny :)
  Member 1.01.2021 1 240
GUI is HARD TO USE. Sound not sure how because i have never seen a real avalon EQ or COMP to AB. If You already have good saturuation, EQ and COMP then this is no use.

For my Quick workflow this is a pass.
  Member 17.04.2015 1 331
i have the hardware (special black edition), and belive me the pres are good for record, very low distiortion (very very low) you need press higain button to apreciate a minimal distorsion with high levels . this Software have toons of distorsion.
The software is good, capture the esence, compresor is very nice. But the air band in software is not comparable with hardware. Hardware is laike silk . . . this is very hard . . .
but for the price and usable,maybe is better this software. You can run lots of instances.
My workflow is : insert plugin with routing to hardware, eq and comp track, and bounce to new track (there is no undo or recall)
Often i let the he hardware in voice track or snare or the most complex thing in the song to have more time to decide . . .
  Member 23.03.2016 5
The hardware you have is the Avalon 737 (a tube preamp and comp with solid state EQ), Amber is based on completely DIFFERENT Avalon hardware: The AD2022/M5 pre, AD2055 EQ (very different than the 737 EQ) And AD2044 compressor. All of which are solid state and sound different than the 737

So your comparison unfortunately mistaken.

I own both the Avalon 737 (I have a black one too) and the AD2022, and used to own the AD2055 EQ. Amber was close enough for me to sell my AD2055. It sounds just like the hardware.
  Member 4.01.2023 5 21
Nothing special, and the ZL ( zero latency I presume) ones are using more CPU, which is strange
  Resident 5.08.2014 343
Not strange since all ZL versions are near ZeroLatency, so they require a a lot more computing power.
  Member 4.01.2023 5 21
On the contrary, SSL plugins have zero latency (ECO) mode, which consumes less CPU
  Resident 5.08.2014 343
With algorithmic plugins ECO usually means no oversampling (lower fidelity) , hence the lower latency.
AA follows a different philosophy (also) in this regard.
There is no oversampling (in not Hyper engine versions) and when it does, I am 90% sure it does not add extra latency. I don't have a DAW in front of me to double check.
Amber is from an old generation, core13 to be exact. (Latest core was 18 and after that is Hyper 1-2-3.)
Not the best example of AA capabilities in 2023.
When Gold, Erin, Salt start hitting, you will see people go bananas in the comments with the quality, usuability etc.

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