Audio Damage releases Rough Rider

Audio Damage Rough Rider

Audio Damage has released Rough Rider, 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 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…

Rough Rider is available as freeware for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

Visit Audio Damage for more information.

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Hello PPLs!! The first audio damage freeplug (that distortion fuzzplus) was great, as good as i think all comercial plugs from AD are. My budget is very low so i can’t buy myself any of them:( I’m from the part of the world where we earn in a year as elsewhere ppl earn each month.. so.. simply said – we suck:) Today we got i think OUR new favorite free compressor. This was what we all were waiting for. It is very expressive, hard as well it also can be gentle (just take care, keyword is on HARD tnx god)…… Read more »


Tomaz! It must be Slovenia then… you know…”the part of the world where we earn in a year…” ;-)
Morala je huda zadeva, a ne? :))


Yes, MIDIB m8, you are totaly right.. It is Slovenia:( althou it sometimes feels like some forgotten mountain in forgotten jungle from (to-big-to-be-forgotten) India…

Shit world that we live in. Kim Jong-il is well known and all world points finger at his system… We have more then 100 of Kim Jong-ils here in Slovenia:(
They get away with it coz they are not so hard with ppl, when you draw the line its same shit:(
Europe, yeah… Right!??