If you produce and engineer music you may be wondering what a good lo-fi plugin is. If you’re new to lo-fi plugins, they add a certain warmth and saturation to the sound; giving it a richer texture and tone. This makes the sound feel more real and gives it more life. Here are 5 cool plugins I found that really help your sound and add that tone that you might be looking for. Great part is they’re all free.
LOFI is a nice plugin I found that has a ton of features to give you that sound that you want out of your instruments. It has pitch shifting. The plugin has a crusher/ resampler. It also has a 12dB capable LP, BP or HP filter and Waveshaper/distorter with 6 different wave shapes. It has a randomize preset button. As well as automation support. Also comes with smooth fader control. Overall you should give this one a try and see how you like it. It’s available for Windows. You can download it here.
Izotope is one of the earliest dedicated lo-fi plugins. It still holds up well. You can simulate the dust, scratches, warp, and mechanical noise similar to vinyl. The plugin allows you to control each element independently. Never use the same vinyl crackle on all your tracks. This plugin is available for Windows and Mac. You can download this plugin here.
Tritik gives you a compact bit crusher VST named Krush. This’ll cover most of your bit crushing needs. Other than downsampling & sample rate reduction you get analog modeled resonant filters and a modulation section. This lets you modulate any parameter you want. This plugin is available for Windows and Mac. You can find the download for the plug-in here.
This new Lo-Fi VST is an audio processing effect that gives any audio a lo-fi character. It combines a bitcrusher, a distortion unit, a high pass and a low pass filter. It’s a better version of the original HY-Lofi plug-in. This plugin is available for Windows and Mac. You can download this plug-in here.
Akaizer can ‘cyclic’ time stretch any WAVE or AIFF sound file. This is ideal for DAW-based music producers who want that classic metallic-sounding effect, without the need for an actual Akai sampler. It’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. you can download it here.