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Acustica Audio Mint: the sound of the 70s Studer-Revox GL2112 analog console

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Acustica Audio ended its Monday with the release of Mint, a suite of 4 plug-ins emulating the very rare Studer-Revox GL2112 solid-state console. It was built to order from a Parisian recording center in the late 1970s. Only two of this type exist – one at CBE Studio (Paris) and one at Oxygen Recording Studios (Italy). This is the kind of stuff I most enjoy seeing from the professional audio archaeologists at Acustica Audio. Learn more about Mint and the gear he reincarnates…

Acoustica Audio Mint

Mint contains 4 emulations derived from the super rare Studer-Revox GL2112 console of which only two were built (to order). They were working prototypes made by a Swiss designer and engineer who ran “one of the best known and most important companies in Switzerland in the field”. That would be Studer, though Acustica naturally can’t tell you that without risking a lawsuit. Acustica took the opportunity to model a working GL2112 which was commissioned by TOTA studios in Paris and later adapted to Oxygen recording studios in Italy.

In the words of owner Paride Lanciani, the console is a “rather simple but very effective mixer with 32 channels, 8 effects returns and 8 additional line input channels”. Some of its specialties include a cascading 80Hz-16kHz dual EQ and limiter on each channel strip. The console sounds “rather aggressive”, but careful control gives rare analog color to your tracks. For this, Mint has 4 plug-ins:

  • INT Equalizer: 4-band EQ with two Mid controls, Bass Cut and 8 modeled solid-state line preamps.
  • MINT COMP: Solid-state compressor/limiter with 3 switchable dynamics processor emulations and a preamp emulation.
  • PRE MINT: Analog preamp plug-in with 16 line preamps, 16 mic preamps and 2 stereo buses. Two additional preamp emulations are derived from an industry standard tape machine (24-track Ampex). The preamps exhibit a slightly different response, meaning you can mimic an analog desktop experience in your DAW.
  • CANADIAN BAND MINT: combines 4-band EQ, compressor/limiter with 3 switchable modes and preamp emulations in one plug-in.

You can read more about features and functionality on the Acustica website. There’s some cool stuff on “50-year-old” gear that’s definitely worth getting the details on.

Acustica Audio Mint – Pricing and Availability

Mint is on sale for 89 euros (35% off) up to March 14, 2022. Plugins are available in 64-bit VST2, VST3, AAX and AU formats for Windows 10 and macOS 10.14+. The free Aquarius app handles installation and authorization.

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