Black Rooster Audio RO-GOLD is a free vintage plate reverb plugin

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Black Rooster Audio is giving away RO-GOLD, a vintage-inspired plate reverb plugin for macOS and Windows as a free download. 

Free plugin alert. Yes, you read it right, it’s time again for a free plugin release. Not an instrument but an effect, more precisely, a reverb.

Black Rooster Audio’s new RO-GOLD is from the vintage category and is modeled after a best-known hardware unit.

Black Rooster Audio RO-Gold

Black Rooster Audio RO-GOLD

RO-GOLD is a free reverb plugin that was inspired by and physically modeled after the iconic EMT 140. According to the developers, they upgraded the modeled unit with a 24k gold plate for the most luxurious vintage reverberation experience. They say:

Engineers have experimented with foil and metal plates to reproduce expensive reverb rooms since the 50s. However, installing and controlling a real metal plate reverb has never been easily attainable, nor has it been readily available to every producer or small studio – especially when it comes to real gold plates.

As it often happens, this type of hardware remained exclusive to a select few elite studios for a long time. Nevertheless, plate reverberation is audible in many 50s and 60s hit songs, where engineers extensively used this technique.

The developers promise that the plugin brings the warm, lush sound of the original hardware to your DAW but also the true tone of a solid gold plate. I don’t know whether it’s just marketing blah blah, a joke, or an impact on the sound. But it sounds a bit exaggerated.

I like that the plugin does without a lot of gimmicks. All is very simple and intuitively designed. RO-GOLD features only four parameters: bass cut and damper set the tone and reverb length, then you can adjust the pre/delay, and lastly a dry/wet mix control.

Looks like an interesting free plugin. If you want to expand your reverb arsenal without extras, you won’t go wrong here.


Black Rooster Audio RO-GOLD is available now as a free download. It runs as a 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX plugin on macOS (Intel + M1) and macOS. A valid email address is required to receive the download link.

More information here: Black Rooster Audio

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