Acustica Audio has announced the release of Honey3, an updated version of a channel strip that packs all the power and musicality of a world-class American console, highly regarded by many industry professionals for its musicality and logical layout.

Since 1975, numerous top-selling records have been crafted on this marvellous piece of audio engineering. We managed to find one of these consoles in stunning condition so we called up our collaborator SoundDrops to meticulously sample the console in its entirety, replicating its full sonic DNA inside our plugin suite, which you can now use to sweet up your tracks.

The original console design doesn’t feature a compressor though. And we REALLY wanted to include one. So we built it. We built a superb-sounding VCA unit and transformed into an home-brew processor, whose character is a natural extension of the original designs.

Honey3 includes 4 separate plugins. A home-brew version of a famous EQ (CLASSIC), a faithful VINTAGE version of the same unit, the above-mentioned VCA compressor, and a channel strip that includes select modules, wisely chosen by the Acustica team. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside the suite.

Honey3 includes:

  • Honey3 Vintage EQ: 4-Band Equalizer with high and low cut filters derived from a 70s American series console.
  • Honey3 Classic EQ: 4-Band Classic Equalizer with high and low cut filters inspired by a broadcast console built by the same renowned American manufacturer.
  • Honey3 Comp: Versatile VCA-based channel compressor based on a feed-forward topology.
  • Honey3 Channel-strip: Includes some of the previously cited standalone plugins.

The plugin suite is available at an early access price of 89 EUR (regular 169 EUR). It comes in VST, AU and AAX formats.

More information: Acustica Audio