Coral Baxter is based on the Baxandall equalizer section from Acoustica Audio’s recently released Coral2 channel strip plugin. The freely downloadable edition of the plugin comes with the same features as the Baxandall EQ module included in Coral2 minus the mid-side processing capabilities. Like all other Acustica Audio products, Coral Baxter relies on “dynamic impulse responses” to deliver the authentic hardware gear sound in a software product. This results in high-quality processing and pristine sound quality, albeit with a somewhat higher CPU hit.
The interface features only six knobs and a switch for turning the preamp section on or off. The knobs control the cutoff and shelf of the EQ curve, as well as the volume gain. Coral Baxter sounds very good in practice, as expected from an Acustica Audio product. Baxandall-type equalizers work best for broad and subtle tonal changes to signal. They are a great tool for adding more bass to a signal or boosting the higher frequencies without sounding unnatural.
If you like the sound of Coral Baxter, chances are you’ll want to check out the full edition of Coral2. This is a workhorse analog-style channel strip plugin which combines a compressor, an EQ, preamps, filters, and more. A free trial version can be downloaded from the developer’s website.
To download your free copy of Coral Baxter, you will need to create and verify your Acustica Audio user account. Once logged in, download and install the Aquarius license manager which will be used to install the plugin. You will also gain access to Acustica Audio’s other freeware plugins such as the Titanium 3 BASSTARD compressor. These are listed in the Purchased tab in the Aquarius software.
Coral Baxter is available for free download via Acustica Audio (8.61 MB download size, EXE installer, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin formats for Windows & MacOS).