ACUSTICA AUDIO - HONEY 3

True Analog - in The box sound - Finally?

HONEY 3 is something more than the otherwise great sounding technology based on Vectorial Volterra Kernels, from this plugin starts a new chapter in the history of AA, a new approach that utilises an even more accurate machine - based procrdure, which is supposed to give even more true, even more analog sound...

It's no different with the latest Honey update.

In a press release accompanying the appearance of the plugin, Acustica Audio engineers report that the process of modeling and sampling was carried out using the best converters and cables available on the market today, all original devices were measured in specially prepared clinical conditions, and a meticulous long-term sampling process (which takes consoderably more time than the normal sampling standard) was carried out by a group of thoroughly trained experienced engineers. All this to go even further, to capture the soul, essence and sound nuances of the original devices. Did AA manage to do that? To what extent did this marketing-coloured introduction translate into the final result and everyday use? Was it possible to achieve a convincing, unpredictable, non-linear, beautifully saturated analogue sound with even greater digital precision? Let's see....

Sophisticated, sweetest and at the same time extremely healthy honey

Honey 3 is a tribute to the true extraordinary sound.... a sound that can be characterized as, very musical, warm and - which reveals the name of the plugin, sweet. This is a package that takes us straight to the United States. Around 1975, when the late David Harisson developed the console, which a few years later gave the world some of the best-selling albums in the history of music...

 

Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Paul Simon's "Graceland", Sade’s “The Promise”, AC/DC “Back In Black” as well as many other great records by the bands like, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Queen, The Cure, ABBA, and many more, were recorded and produced on this gear. Each of the artists listed here at some stage of their career did not resist the pleasure of working on this extremely user-friendly, beautifully sound shaping console, which to this day remains as one of the best and most musical devices for recording and production of sound. 

All because David Harisson had a great understanding for musicians. He looked himself at sound from the perspective of the musician, so he knew perfectly well what the musicians needed, what ,other equalizers and mixing consoles are missing.

 

All because of David Harisson. He always had a great understanding for musicians. He looked himself at sound from the perspective of the musician, so he knew perfectly well what the musicians needed, what ,other equalizers and mixing consoles are missing.

 

All because of David Harisson and his great understanding for musicians. He always looked at sound from the perspective of the musician, so he knew perfectly well what the musicians needed, what ,other equalizers and mixing consoles are missing.

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In a press release accompanying the appearance of the plugin, Acustica Audio engineers report that the process of modeling and sampling was carried out using the best converters and cables available on the market today, all original devices were measured in specially prepared clinical conditions, and a meticulous long-term sampling process (which takes consoderably more time than the normal sampling standard) was carried out by a group of thoroughly trained experienced engineers. All this to go even further, to capture the soul, essence and sound nuances of the original devices. Did AA manage to do that? To what extent did this marketing-coloured introduction translate into the final result and everyday use? Was it possible to achieve a convincing, unpredictable, non-linear, beautifully saturated analogue sound with even greater digital precision? Let's see....

Okay, when the plugin is already installed, let's take a look at it...

 

The Look

The GUI has changed a lot... A more three-dimensional, clearer, more readable... and just real and although now it's beautiful and even photo-realistic (it's hard to believe it's not a photo) I have to admit that I liked the previous one better, which resembled the faceplate of the original hardware equalizer more. Honey 3 (perhaps for legal reasons) now look's more like the third party official hardware reproduction available in the form of 500 series modules. Just look at the module to easily catch the similarities. 

Both Honey 3 Eq's has 4 parametric bands 

 

Classic type eq frequencies are:

 

Low Frequency range stretches from 35 to 620 Hz (you can choose between Shelf or Peak curves).

Low mid Frequency is a range from 200hz to 3.2 kHz with peak curve 

The high mid is in the range from 400 Hz to 6.4 kHz. Here we also have a peak curve. 

High frequencies range starts from 800 Hz to 14khz (shelf or peak)

In peak mode the EQ cells are designed to have a variable Q ,depending on the boost or cut levels .

 

Each frequency can be boosted or undercut by increase or attenuate from -12db to +12db 

HPF the range is from 25Hz up to 2.1 kHz
LPF range stsrts form 5kHz to 26kHz

Vintage type eq frequencies are:

Low Frequency range starts from 35 to 750 Hz (you can choose between Shelf or Peak curves).

Low mid Frequency is a range from 180 Hz to 3870 Hz with peak curve 

The high mid frequency is in the range from 370 Hz to 7950 Hz. Here we also have a peak curve. 

High frequencies range starts from 785 Hz and stretches to 16900 Hz (shelf or peak)

In peak mode the EQ cells are designed to have a variable Q ,depending on the boost or cut levels .


Each frequency can be boosted or undercut by increase or attenuate from -15db to +15db.

HPF the range is from 25Hz up to 3.15kHz
LPF range stsrts form 0.16 kHz to 20 kHz 

 

The Sound

Here it is close, very close! Honey 3 Vintage Eq is very effective, the equalizer sounds very true and really analog, with the rest try to make it work and you will hear what I mean. Considering what this plugin does for mixing in the envirnoment of In The Box... Its possibilities in relation to the price, how it improves the sound of every production... there's nothing to talk about, it's a no brainer and an absolute must have.

Soul, Funk, Jazz, RMB, Country, Pop, Alternative Rock, Classical music.... This equalizer helps in everyday work, does not cause problems typical for other plugins based on algorithms.

It is also worth checking it in combination with one very specific DAW, in combination with which it gives perhaps the most convincing complete mixing table sound going far beyond the number....

The low end is soft and wide, the high end sounds extremely analog but it's high middle range, sweet top and that's something... there's also a specific separation between the tracks... which can be heard very well on Grsceland album....