Dynamic (43) -
Compressor, Limiter, Mastering, Exciter, Noise reduction
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
The front panel layout is done the same as many hardware
compressors, so it will be immediately obvious how to
use it. A brief overview of the controls:
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
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...
MIDI Learn: Like all of our products,
the VST version has MIDI Learn. Download any manual from
the current product line for an explanation of how this
works, as it is common among all our VST products.
Rough Rider is available as a VST effect for Windows,
and an AU or VST for OSX. The OSX versions are Universal
Binaries, and require OSX
10.4.0 or later.
mdspCompressor is a simple compressor with
auto-make-up gain as well as a preamp gain to overdrive
it as much as you want.
sidechain version is also available for Windows - with 3
inlets, the third one being the side-chain.
The file includes Win and Mac versions.