The price of power

Computer Music - - Reviews / Acustica Audio Lime Crazy88 -

As any­one with any ex­pe­ri­ence of Acus­tica’s other plu­g­ins will know, la­tency is part and par­cel of the Ac­qua con­vo­lu­tion tech­nol­ogy be­hind them, with a very no­tice­able de­lay be­tween twist­ing a knob or press­ing a but­ton and any­thing ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing. Once you’ve got your pa­ram­e­ters fi­nalised, this may well feel like a small price to pay for such ex­cep­tional qual­ity of end re­sult, but when you’re in the flow – par­tic­u­larly flip­ping be­tween Lime and other plu­g­ins that don’t suf­fer from the same is­sue – it’s pretty an­noy­ing. You’d think the in­cluded ze­ro­la­tency ver­sion (LimeZL) would help, but that just al­le­vi­ates au­dio in­put la­tency, not con­trol in­put lag.

We also re­ally don’t like the use of con­tin­u­ous but ‘snap­ping’ knobs for the Com­pres­sor At­tack, Re­lease and Ra­tio, where stepped ones or even but­tons would be more ap­pro­pri­ate. Such shonky UX is dis­ap­point­ing in such an oth­er­wise-sexy GUI.

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