Rough Rider

by AudioDamage

This great free vst plugin from AudioDamage brings vintage sound to your productions.

Rough Rider is a modern compressor with a bit of “vintage” style bite and a uniquely warm sound. Perfect for adding compression effects to your drum buss, it also sounds great with synth bass, clean guitar, and backing vocals. Definitely not an all-purpose compressor, Rough Rider is at its best when used to add pump to rhythmic tracks. Of course, you can use it however you’d like. The Compressor Police aren’t gonna come to your house and give you a citation. Slap it on a track and crank some knobs.

Rough Rider is available as both 32- and 64-bit VSTs for Windows, and as a Universal Binary AU/VST for OSX.

Features

Ratio: The ratio knob is logarithmic in operation. Completely anti-clockwise is 1:1, and completely clockwise is 1:1000. The 12 o’clock position is 1:10, so everything to the left of center is single digits, and everything to the right is “atom bomb squish,” essentially.

 

Attack and Release

We left off the actual time values, so you’re gonna have to use your ears, like the he-men did it in times of myth.

 

Meter

That honking big dial in the middle of the UI is the gain reduction meter. It basically shows how much compression is occurring.

 

Sensitivity

Usually called “threshold” now, but we think “sensitivity” always made more sense. Turn to the right, you get more compression, essentially. Turn it all the way to the right, and you’ve got a distortion box, the sound of which is tuned by Ratio, Attack, and Release.

 

Makeup

30 dB of gain to compensate for the attenuation caused by the compressor.

 

Active

From the front panel, this is simply an off/on switch, but if you automate it, strange things happen…

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