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The Riser Review at Producer Spot

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The Riser is a very interesting and innovative synth plugin created by AIR Music Technology that can be used to create rises and drops for your music productions.

The first thing that stood out is the fact that it has 301 presets. Not many plugins can boast about that as a default. It has Pitch rises, pitch falls, reso rises, reso falls, swells, fades,modulating rises and falls, rhythmic rises and falls and finally atonal rises and falls. A pretty good variation overall and it fulfills pretty much ever use of a rise possible. You could easily use this plugin without ever having to make your own settings, although if you wanted to its made easier by the fact it defaults to a blank patch.


23 different kinds of filters. That is impressive by pretty much any ones standards. You’ll be able to achieve a huge variety of sounds with them. Every option is easy automated as well. The filters have an adjustable cutoff and resonance where you can have a different setting for the start and the end of the riser, resulting in a sound with a lot of movement. The two LFO’s can be set to affect them via a handy slider bar. And the filters have a distortion mode with 5 different distortion models.

There is a tempo synced delay and reverb with 4 different models. Both delay and reverb have an adjustable high cut, the delay has a feedback knob and the reverb has a time knob. Both have a wetness knob, with a separate Effect Mix section that again has separate beginning and end settings. The end result is its extremely quick and easy to dial in the amount of FX present and sculpt the exact sound you want.


This is the meat of the plugin. There are three different generators – Sweep, Noise, Chord. Each with their own options, The LFO’s affect each via a slider and you can disable sending to a filter on each one. The Chord generator is particularly interesting since it has an option to select Major, Minor, No Third, or Octaves and has options to be either a selection of various Saw waves, or Square waves. And the brightness is adjustable so you can have a riser that is brooding or dark or bright and screaming.


All in all, this is a great plugin. Making custom rises on a VST synth is often a painstaking process involving a lot of automations, trials and errors, as well as resampling.

This just works, and it sounds great. It is definitely going to become a staple in my music making process. The best part is every rise you create will be unique, no more using samples anyone has access to and I highly recommend getting it.

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