Disclaimer: I've tested RoughRider vers. 1 & 3 (the latest version).
Not a usual compressor, because it adds distortion. Sometimes the sound of the effect reminds me on a transient shaper. You can not use it on every signal, but I really like this one for it's "rough" flavor. Can bring many things to live. For the reason that someone might say it distorts too much, I would refer to take a look at the plugin's and developer's name. This company is not known for clean effects, and that's perfect.
Vers. 2 is not available anymore, but since the developer made many of its plugins legacy in spring 2022, you can get vers. 1 and the "Pro" (3-band multiband) version (both as well in 64-bit) of it for free, too. Very nice addition because they not only have difference in features but also the sound, so you might even prefer vers. 1 over vers. 3 in some cases.
Vers. 3 is the latest and still developed plugin, which has many new features like dedicated knobs for input & output level, a Sidechain high-pass filter, which you even can feed by external input, and a resizable GUI even in the VST 2 version.
Only downside is that you don't have a numerical input for parameter values. That means you need to click and drag to set the parameters, but that is not a big dealbreaker for me.
I can recommend this plugin for everyone who is looking for a more "kick-a$$" compression than you will get on clean and transparent compressors.
Most of these are now free.
An interesting plugin instrument for relatively little money. It can do percussive and melodic things, although by it's nature rhythmic/percussive things are what it does best. I'm not sure if it's genuinely a neural network under the hood or whether it is a complex Euclidean/Stochastic sequencer. There is a mixer with pan and effects for all the individual voices. It can be host tempo synced or run at an independent bpm. It's currently on version 2 now and sells for the same $'s. Download the demo if you're unsure. If it wasn't so niche it would have been a 5 star, maybe I'll change my mind.
PS It is Linux compatible too (as are a lot of the newer Audio Damage plugins. Including the interesting looking delay device Desert Cities).
I tested it on Linux (Mac OS is close I suppose), KVR doesn't allow that as an option in its review form.Read Review
Phosphor is an oldschool additive synthesizer with added FM functionality. It's based on the Alpha Syntauri system from the early 1980s, but with some modern enhancements to expand its capabilities. The Alpha Syntauri was one of the very first software synthesizers. It was made for the Apple II computer and came with a special soundcard plus a full controller keyboard. I have Phosphor version 3.0 and never used any of the earlier builds, so this review is based on that.
Lo-Fi Hip Hop, Trap, Minimal Techno, DIGITAL 80s type stuff, deep/ambient Dubtronica and 8-bit/Chiptune stuff. It's actually quite stylistically versatile. You can turn off the oscillator aliasing and register noise for a cleaner, more widely applicable sound.
The overall character of Phosphor is cold, minimalistic and potentially dirty in a strictly digital way, which means no supersaws, thick analog sounds, or any in-your-face stuff here.
Phosphor has more hiding under the hood than it appears just from looking at pictures. Right-clicking on most parameters brings up a modulation menu, where you can apply 2 LFOs, velocity, modwheel, random triggering and more. You can apply an LFO to very short delay times, which makes various choruses, flangers, etc. I particularly like how you can modulate an LFO's SHAPE (called "skew" in Phosphor) with another LFO to add some interesting effects. There's the option for 2-operator FM synthesis in here as well, and since you're modulating 2 additive oscillators, you get much richer textures than if you were just modulating 2 sine waves. There are limitations, though. You can't use the envelopes to modulate pitch, so you're limited when it comes to making drums and FX patches. Also, you can't modulate any of the individual partials in the additive oscillator section - you're stuck with just using volume envelopes on the entire oscillator. There's no real filter, either, You can use the filters inside the delay lines for certain effects, but you can't apply an envelope to them, so you're not going to get much in the way of analog/subtractive type sounds in here. Phosphor is entirely digital and requires a decent understanding of additive and FM synthesis to get the best use out of it. There are enough synthesis options in here to keep me busy, but enough limitations to bring me out of the comfort zone and inspire a different approach.
There aren't many factory presets in here at all. Only 82! My new Phosphor soundset, called "Lo-Phi", helps remedy the situation with 100 brand new patches. These new sounds further explore the synth's capabilities and show Phosphor's sweeter side while remaining true to the original Alpha Syntauri's character. You can get "Lo-Phi" here: http://xenossoundworks.com/phosphor.html for only $8.95.
Value For The Money:
It's a good deal if you're looking for glassy digital sounds with some lo-fi grit, or you're a chiptune producer seeking something different than the usual offerings. If you want analog or uber-fat sounds, look elsewhere.Read Review
If anyone can supply an OS X installer I would be most grateful (i have a legit copy but the installer is lost!)
thank you :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :).
So, take this review with a little bit of a grain of salt. That salt is, I've been waiting for someone to release a good 64-bit looper VST for Windows for a long time... and in many ways Enso is really good, but in others it seems either weak or not quite finished. I'm not going to explain what looping is so if you want to know more, look up "Frippertronics" or "live looping" on the web. There are tons of resources. .
Enso uses your DAWs clock to create a "tape loop" of your specified length. Unlike other loopers like Mobius, it's non volatile, meaning when you have a cool loop going and you save and quit your DAW, that loop will still be there, just as if it were a magnetic tape. Also tape like, it will allow for the changing of the speed of the tape... but here's where it gets really trippy. You can change the speed of the record head and the playback head to be different rates. The results can be totally psychedelic, in a very good way, but also glitchy. Not surprising when you're messing with the fabric of time-space. You can choose to have your "tape" pure, like a good digital copy, or you can let it run though what Audio Damage calls "FX and Levels." This include tape attributes including saturation and hiss, a low and highpass filter, and a chorus effect with rate and depth controls. I would really have liked to see some extra tape destressing features here, like tape crinkle, cross talk, wow and flutter. That said, I got some very dreamy "Frippertronics" style sounds out of it just using the low pass filter, saturation at about 30% with a schmidge of hiss. Oh, I think I used some chorus to fake a little warble. Make sure you keep the feedback under 100% or you can get in trouble. The results can be really mesmerizing.
Enso does not allow for multiple loops, but it has a thing called "sectors" that let you break a loop up into up to 4 sectors and cross fade between them by a user specified amount. You can get some kind of interesting things going on this way by breaking up a loop, overdubbing on some sectors, not on others. Great for a lot of creative "happy accidents." If you want a more RC or EDP style looper, go to Mobius though. There's no real good way to do verse/chorus/bridge type compositions in a non clumsy way. I see why they did this, as Mobius is free, but in all honesty, I think they should include those types of things in a future update just so Enso seems a bit more "feature complete."
Other things I'd like to see is better MIDI implementation. It only responds to CC, and for some odd reason, things like feedback can't be continuously controlled. (you can via your DAW) Other odd things like not being able to use CC at all to change the play and record speed feel like pure omissions. Enso is definitely a performance looper, but it seems like a lot of what would make it great in that respect has been left out.
So, I'd highly recommend getting this plugin. Like all Audio Damage plugins, there is a lot to love and they make it easy to find ways to be creative, and this one is no different. My only complaint is that they didn't cover enough of the "nuts and bolts" types of things one would expect from an audio looper. That's a shame, but it's still a plugin that's well worth having for what it is.Read Review
This is an absolutely beautiful fuzz effect preceding any clean amp combo. I tested dozens of great fuzz plugins before various amps, and this was one of the absolute finest in that role. It's now one of my go-to plugins for "fuzz pedal" effect. The filter and feedback make it quite flexible. When used as a guitar pedal prior to the amp, it is a superb tool.Read Review