Acustica Audio does it again with another free plugin… Cerise! Early this year, they surprised everyone with Celestial, and before that, it was Ceil.
If you know anything about this company, you know they are one best when it comes to hardware emulations. There are a lot of companies that ‘claim’ to make emulations. They’ll give you a nice GUI, the name, and whatnot, but when it comes to the sound quality, that’s where everything falls apart.
Acustica, on the other hand… They get it right! Let’s look at Cerise
What is Cerise?
It’s a beautiful British Style Channel Strip
- Mic preamp
- 3 band EQ
- Stereo Imager
The download and installation are pretty lightweight coming in under 600 MB. Normally AA’s (Acustica Audio) plug-ins are a gig or more and they are known for taxing the CPU. However, Cerise runs fairly smoothly. Looking at the interface, if I were to guess, I’d have to say that this is an emulation of a Rupert channel strip. I can’t say enough good about Rupert’s line.
The software emu, like the hardware, is easy to use and really difficult to get a bad sound from. You’d have to try pretty hard to make the source sound suck, let’s put it that way.
Acustica Audio Cerise Tip: In case you missed this in the manual
The stereo spread works two different ways. The ‘Spread’ knob controls the balance between M/S, know as MID, and Side signals. Engaging the additional spread option requires the 1/2 button to be pressed/activated. This mod is different from the standard M/S mode as it only affects the sides, keeping the MIDS unaffected!
Don’t be lazy, pick up the plugin while you can. Acustica has a history of releasing free plugins for a limited time only! After that, you’ll have to part with money. So, don’t miss out on this.