RO-GOLD Is A FREE Vintage Reverb Plugin By Black Rooster Audio

Black Rooster Audio releases RO-GOLD, a freeware vintage-modeled reverb effect in VST, AU, and AAX plugin formats for compatible DAWs on Windows and macOS.

RO-GOLD emulates the EMT 140 vintage plate reverb. But that description doesn’t tell the whole story.

You have a good eye for detail if you’re wondering where the Gold in the plugin’s name comes from. Black Rooster Audio attempted to simulate the sound of an EMT 140 fitted with a 24k gold plate.

Whether or not the gold plate thing is a joke, RO-GOLD definitely has a warm, lush, and expensive sound, despite being freeware. I know that vintage is an overused term in the audio gear realm, but this free reverb plugin describes such a description.

I like when a reverb sounds good right out of the box and doesn’t offer too many customization parameters. Thankfully, this is the case with RO-GOLD.

The plugin only features four editable parameters: Bass Cut, Damper, Pre/Delay, and Dry/Wet. The first two are responsible for the tone and reverb length, so you really don’t need to spend much time fine-tuning the reverb.

RO-GOLD is suitable for use on different audio sources, but plate reverbs are best known for sounding amazing on vocals. You can hear some examples on the developer’s website. They provide several demos, including vocals, drums, synths, and a banjo.

If you’re bored with your DAW’s built-in reverb or you simply want to try something new on your vocals, give RO-GOLD a try. After all, reverb is the most important spice in a good mix, and it never hurts to keep a secret spice in your kitchen.

Speaking of vintage reverbs, you might also want to give our free BPB Dirty Spring a shot. It’s a freeware spring reverb emulation with a built-in bitcrusher. Sounds a bit crazy, but it does wonders on drums and synths that lack character.

RO-GOLD is available in VST, AU, and AAX plugin formats for 64-bit plugin hosts on Windows and macOS. You can download the software for free from the product page linked below. A valid email address is required to receive the download link.

Download: RO-GOLD