Product: Coffee
Developer: Acustica Audio
Price (MSRP): Introductory price - 129.00€ [Reg. 219.00€] - Save 40% OFF - For the first four weeks after release or until first official version is released.
Plug-in Format(s): VST, AU, AAX
System Requirements (Windows): Windows 10
System Requirements (OSX): OSX 10.14
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Coffee User's manual:

Coffee is arguably the most essential tool in a studio!
Coffee gets things done!

Jokes aside, as a modern plug-in suite packing a warm and smooth sound, Coffee is nothing short of a mojo monster. It comprises a series of plug-ins inspired by the world of 'vintage' but re-engineered in a contemporary fashion, preserving the feeling of authenticity that most engineers look for in modern productions. In other words, we believe this new suite can be considered the 'younger sister' of our acclaimed CREAM suite.

The best Coffee you'll ever have

Coffee embodies six different hardware units merged into two different EQs, an HP/LP filter section,five dynamics processors including a limiter, plus a complete preamp section with 31 different emulations.

-Coffee EQ comprises two switchable 4-Band equalizers with High-pass and Low-pass Filters and a powerful Preamp section for a total of 29 emulations.
-Coffee Pre features three switchable preamp groups for a total of 31 preamp emulations divided into three banks: LINE, FEED, CUSTOM.
-Coffee Comp includes four switchable compressors plus a limiter and a tube preamp emulation.
-Coffee Channelstrip includes many of the features of the standalone units plus some extras.

Each plug-in included in the Coffee 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.

For further details consult the Coffee user's manual in the Overview section.


Coffee EQ

- Model A is a faithful American recreation of a legendary mixing desk EQ, as used at one of the most famous recording studios in the UK in its glory days.

- Model B is a revisited vintage analog unit made in the US, combining a passive bass equalizer, an active 'presence' control, a treble section, and a germanium based preamp.
So it's basically a three-band equalizer re-arranged as a four-band model for better usability.
This plug-in is designed to let you squeeze the sonic character of germanium transistors into your mixes. Plus, thanks to the nature of its architecture, the rich and warm sound it offers can perfectly blend into any track, no matter the genre.

Coffee Pre
-The trained ear's bliss.

Coffee PRE comprises several preamp models giving you a wide array of tonal choices. We selected various hardware units to provide you with the frequency/phase response and harmonic distortion of 31 (!) preamps divided into three switchable BANKS: LINE - FEED -CUST. For extra mojo, the preamps included in FEED banks have a FEEDBACK control that allows you to determine the amount of character.

Coffee Comp -Juicy dynamics

- The Coffee channel strip and compressor modules are equipped with four dynamic processors derived from two different units: a Vari-mu Tube compressor, and an all-discrete, transformer-coupled compressor/limiter.

MODE 1, 2, and ULTRAare based on a modern reissue of a mono British Vari-Mu tube compressor from the 1960s. It is a remarkably simple design that employs just three tubes in a differential signal path.*
This modern device is not an exact copy of the original unit. Instead, it sports an accurate circuit recreation that has been enhanced to make it fit better with modern equipment and production requirements. The most crucial difference is the addition of the control of attack times.

While MODE 1 represents the default operation of the unit, MODE 2 introduces a new feature that wasn't part of the original hardware. It is called 'Fuse', and it changes the character of the compressor quite dramatically.Here is where things get interesting. The release time is way shorter, and the result is a super punchy and squashy signal.*

The ULTRA mode is where we think the compressor really shines. Honestly, we could have called this setting ‘Invisible Super-Glue’! First of all, one thing you will notice is that, despite its ultra-fast reaction times, the compression happens in an exceptionally and euphonically transparent way, typical of truly high-end, Vari-Mu tube hardware machines, making it a superb tool for the mix bus up to refined stereo mastering applications. The original machines that we sampled were mostly characterized by a hard-knee style dynamic range control. So we enhanced it by including a soft knee setting for a mellower, rounder and invisible intervention, greatly expanding on the compressor’s overall versatility. No matter if your aim is to glue your drums together or to just put the final touch on a 50-track mix. ULTRA will surprise you. A small analogy: imagine having the juicy curves of El Rey, the forward attitude of Jade and the character of a modern Cream, all condensed into one single mode. This is ULTRA.

MODE 3 and LIM are based on an American compressor/limiter design derived from a recreation of the dynamic section found on one of UK's most iconic vintage mixing and mastering consoles. All this with enhanced attack and release times, plus some extra gluey distortion.
It just sounds phenomenal on any source and adds generous amounts of vintage character and presence. While remaining true to the sound of the vintage unit, the reissue adds new features and extra control. Dulcis in fundo, MODE 3 emulates the faster response of the original unit, while LIM emulates its Limiter section, designed to emulate the response of what is arguably the most iconic of all dynamics processor.*


Coffee features our latest core engine technology which now includes EHR™ - Enhanced Harmonic Response Technology, and Dynamic Routing™!
Learn more:

IMPORTANT: Just like in the hardware world you have noise floor, flutter, hum and hiss - and other phenomena that can be considered inherent limitations of analog - when we sample and recreate the response of studio machines, we have ‘Echo Noise’. This is a limitation of our current sampling technology due to the use of FIR filters. Of course, over the years, we managed to greatly improve on this aspect pushing this unwanted effect into the range of the ‘almost inaudible’. We measure and report this value each time we release a plug-in testing the noise level when a certain number of EQ bands are active and always strive to minimise the effect. Some hardware machines allow for better results then others but we always go through a thorough quality check process to ensure that Echo Noise is as low as possible.

- Coffee Preamps (sample estimate) echo noise value average: -65 dbFS.
- Coffee EQ (all bands engaged) echo noise value average: -67 dbFS.

How to try a plugin: TRIAL MODE

- Create a user account (if you do not have one yet) on our website
- Download and Install Aquarius, our products manager, for either Mac or PC
- Log in to Aquarius using your user email and password
- Type the product name in the 'search' field inside Aquarius to find the '(trial)' version of the product, then click on the thumbnail or on the 'Install' button. This will take you to the product page (the trial version of a product is also visible in the 'related products' section on the right)
- Select the right plugin format according to the DAW you are using and click 'Install'
- Aquarius will download, install,and authorise the trial product automatically
- Run your DAW. You're set!

Please note:

- The old trial authorisation method - which required the 'LASTTRIALS' code - is now obsolete and each trial version of a product can be easily downloaded/installed directly from Aquarius, for a more streamlined process
- Should you see an authorisation error, the reason could be that the product has been already authorised too many times and the limit has been reached

For details about installation/authorization please refer to the following page: Acustica Audio - Professional Audio Software - Acustica Audio

NOTE Available sample rates: 96 - 44.1 - 48 - 88.2 kHz