Tiger is the first Acqua plugin suite (VST/VST3/AAX/AU) in Core 19 based on our second-generation 'Hyper' technology encompassing a superlative collection of Acustica's most renowned compressors.

Recently, we have witnessed the proliferation of software dedicated to dynamics: the trend in recent releases often focuses on overcoming the limits of analog compression while maintaining the musicality that has always distinguished it. In the latest products, sidechain management has improved with more complete equalizer chains or enhanced with simultaneous control based on independent detectors to handle transients and the sustained part of the signal.

We have put together our experience to try to solve this problem according to our vision: the idea of Tiger is to put together our models and some very recent concepts to create the best possible experience for "our" users.

At a Glance

Tiger is not a compressor trying to imitate a specific vintage item. The idea is to have a chameleon-like object that tries to imitate them all, overcoming the limitations of each. If you want a replica of a specific product, we certainly have a particular thing that is more relevant in our catalog.
We did not include final clippers and brick-wall limiters in the signal path to avoid replicating the functionality of other products: the result would have been to complicate it unnecessarily and duplicate functionality already found elsewhere.


• A superlative collection of Acustica's most renowned compressor curves.
• Fierce customization to exceed the limits of compression.
• Perfect control of the dynamics for a distinctive sound.
• Sophisticated and transient-friendly oversampling.
• Four different plugins to choose from.
• Two different GUIs to choose from.

What you get

The Tiger suite includes several modules and GUIs to choose from:

TIGER & TIGER MIX: plugins based on a 3D Acustica’s classic-style GUI.
TIGER 'Flat' & TIGER MIX 'Flat': plugin versions based on a 2D' modern-style GUI.
TIGER MAST: a dedicated version focused on mastering duties with a stereo link feature.
FIRE THE TIGER: a 'one knob' Fire style version.

Tiger GUI

Tiger Mix GUI

Tiger 'Flat' GUI

Tiger Mix 'Flat' GUI

Fire The Tiger GUI

Additionally, each plug-in included in the Tiger suite comes in a “standard” version and an alternative “ZL*” version, which operates at *zero latency and is thus suitable for use when tracking (at the cost of extra processing resources).

Main features

• A superlative collection of Acustica's most renowned compressor curves accurately sampled from the best analog compressors and software. We have found that this is a relatively rare added value in software implementations

• The plugin implements the shapes of attack and release curves (ATTACK and RELEASE) in the detectors from the best HARDWARE we have measured over the years.

• Tiger implements in its detectors modulators of the shape for attack and release times (ASHMOD, RSHMOD) coming from the best software (yes, this time software as well) and hardware attack and release curves we have analyzed. It's the first time we have introduced release modulation in one of our products.

• The HOLD functionality allows a better control of the transients and the distortion for both the attack and the release (this combined presence is also quite rare in software compressors).

• Tiger implements multiple variable-weighted detectors for handling transients simultaneously concerning the rest of the signal, along with a concept of a managed fast and slow compressor to balance aggressive and soft compressions within the same pattern precisely.

• Tiger implements a concept of a managed fast compressor and slow compressor to precisely balance aggressive and soft compressions within the same pattern.

• Tiger implements an integrator (POWER) in the detectors to parametrically manage transient response speed. In contrast to a purely PEAK or RMS compressor, Tiger can represent compressors that implement detectors based on variable-pitch RMS power measurements.

• Tiger implements a circuit in the sidechain path (DEEP SPACE) dedicated to optimizing distortion in the presence of fast time constants.

• Tiger implements a true look-ahead on the attack (thus independent of the release) that can optimize distortion in the presence of fast time constants.

• Tiger implements a relatively comprehensive sidechain equalizer based on a high-pass filter and a dual semi-parametric peak or shelf-type equalizer and accepts external sidechains.

• Tiger implements sophisticated oversampling (which has become a distinctive feature in the latest products we have released), characterized by a particularly transient-friendly impulse response and zero phase alteration.

• In each signal path, each dynamic element is independent of the input channels (in fact, Tiger consists of 6 separate compressors)

• The morphing control (MORPH) allows each of Tiger's dynamic elements to be seamlessly transformed from a compressor to a limiter to a saturator while simultaneously handling the stereo-link intuitively

• Resizable and highly responsive interface with a sidechain path, signal delta, and bypass listening.

To get the most out of this plug-in, please download and read the user's manual.

Tiger | Plugin Demo

Technical information:

• Supported formats: VST2, VST3, AAX, and AU.
• All sample rates available.
• Windows 10 and 11 compatible.
• macOS 10.15, 11, and 12 compatible.
• Intel, AMD, and Silicon M computer compatible.

Price and availability

Tiger price: €139 | 34% OFF until February 15, 2023 (reg. price €209) Get it here!

The product is at an introductory period for the first four weeks after release or until the first official version is released; this implies that the product may receive improvements, changes, or fixes available through Aquarius Desktop updates.

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Tiger user's manual

Tiger webpage: https://www.acustica-audio.com/store/products/tiger