Minimal Audio’s Rift plugin promises to deliver “a new type of distortion”

As predicted, Minimal Audio has followed-up its free Rift Filter Lite with a flagship paid-for plugin, known simply as Rift. This is a hybrid distortion processor that promises to let you “excite your sounds like never before”.

Rift is powered by what’s described as a bipolar distortion engine that offers six stages of processing and comes with 30 custom algorithms. 

You can combine two of these algorithms in the waveshape engine; you get plenty of control here and visual feedback to indicate what’s happening.

Other features include 24 custom stereo filter types for pre/post distortion morph filtering, feedback and delay effects, and a modulation section that offers curve sequencing. You can also engage pitch snapping and MIDI tracking for feedback and filter.

Minimal Audio Rift

(Image credit: Minimal Audio)

Rift comes with more than 400 presets, and fast tweaks can be made in the Play view (there are two Macro knobs, for example). More detailed editing can be carried out in the Advanced view. 

If you want to throw the dice, there are intelligent randomisation options, too.

Find out more on the Minimal Audio website. Rift runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU formats and is currently available for the introductory price of $75 (regular price $129).

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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