The best BUS compressor based on our new “hyper-compression” technology used in TAN2, for free!

Fire The Bus emulates all our best BUS compressors (El Rey, Erin, Magenta)

Download Instructions


How to download, install and authorize Fire The Bus

The Aquarius Desktop application is Acustica’s manager application to download, install, and authorize your products for macOS and Windows operating systems.


  • macOS 10.13 64-bits operating system or higher (Apple Silicon M1 is also supported).
  • Windows 10 1909 64-bits operating system or higher (Windows 7 and 8.1 are not supported).
  • Fast and reliable internet connection (offline mode is not possible).
  • An account in Acustica Audio with mandatory email user-name format (
  • Enough free space in the SSD or HDD for download, store and install the product.
  • Have Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.1 or superior working and accessible.
  • Internet ports 80, 443, 8080, and 17500, open and accessible. 

NOTE: Communication with the Aquarius Scorpion service is performed using network components. The TCP/IP protocol must be installed and access to the local host with IP address must be permitted.

IMPORTANT: Your antivirus or antimalware application may be conflicting with the Aquarius Desktop installation process, we recommend you stop your antivirus and/or antimalware in case you detect conflicts. 

To install Fire The Bus correctly, it is mandatory to follow the instructions below:

  • Create a user account (if you do not have one yet) on our website.
  • Download and install the Aquarius Desktop, our product manager, for macOS and Windows operating systems.
  • Run and log in to the Aquarius Desktop application using your username (email) and password.
  • Click on the setting icon (FIG 1).
  • Select the ‘Activations’ tab.
  • Insert your activation code in the activation code field.
  • Click on the apply button.


Now, if the activation code is valid and has been entered correctly, you can proceed with Fire The Bus download, installation and authorization:

  • Click on the setting icon page
  • Click on ‘Exit’
  • Open again the Aquarius Desktop.
  • Click on the Purchased page of Aquarius Desktop and scroll down until you find Fire The Clip (tool).
  • Select the correct plug-in format for the installation from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on install.
  • The Aquarius Desktop application will download, install, and authorize the commercial product automatically.

Song credits:

“A place to be”

Produced by Mauro Aspite (vocals) & Lorenzo Della Valle (guitar)

Recorded by Marco Vannucci

Original mix & master by Marco Vannucci (Spitfire Mastering Studio)

Disclaimers & Contest rules


  1. This is not a prize competition. Fire The Bus is not commercially available, it is free and limited-edition one.
  2. We will automatically assign the wrong answer to all those who use multiple accounts to participate to the challenge.
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