Audio Damage Rough Rider


A freebie with somewhat of a cult following. Audio damage says this has a “uniquely warm sound.” I’m not sure what’s unique about a low pass filter and loads of aliased distortion, but maybe there is something I am missing.

Audio damage seems to excel at making “sound mangling” filters and other kinds of tools. Rough Rider throws a ton of harmonics at you, it’s doesn’t really mangle the sound but it sure dirties it up a bit with even the slightest gain reduction. This would make an interesting tool if your idea of compression is to distort, and I mean distort, the sound. I wanted to do some testing of free plugins, you can make your own comparisons.




Slight gain reduction


What do you think?