SuperflyDSP releases Lost-Vinyls, a freeware lo-fi effect in VST3 and AU plugin formats for Windows and macOS.
While we often associate it with chill, vintage, sounding hip-hop beats, the sound we associate with the word “lofi” goes way beyond “chill lofi beats to study to.”
At its core, lofi is simply a blanket term for various effects that add an aged, retro sound to tracks. If you look beneath the hood, you’ll see saturation, tape delay, and vinyl distortion are the accurate sources for this distinct effect.
SuperflyDSP offers a collection of these vintage effects in their plugin, Lost-Vinyls, a FREE lofi effect plugin.
At the heart of this plugin are what SuperflyDSP says are “state-of-the-art distortion algorithms,” which help producers create an “old-school sound.”
The user interface of Lost-Vinyls reflects a vintage look, featuring sliders and knobs that look like old-school tape players.
To begin adding a warm tone, producers can move the noise slider up and down to their liking. This slider adds vinyl crackle and character to the sound, emulating the style of a record player.
While it’s pretty easy to configure your custom effects, Lost-Vinyls does include four presets: Broken, Lost, New, and Old. These presets are a great starting point for producers seeking a specific vibe.
SuperflyDSP also adds two classic tape controls: depth and rate.
The depth slider allows users to increase the overall tape effect, giving tracks a different delay and depth.
The rate determines the flutter frequency. Adding tape flutter gives tracks an old warbly vibe.
For those looking to step it up a notch further, Lost-Vinyls features a crunch switch. The extra crunch adds harmonic distortion and creates a naturally gritty sound when activated.
As a final touch, SuperflyDSP added a stereo switch to add track width. There is also a master mix slider for overall dry/wetness and an artifact slider.
To get this plugin, follow the link to the website and put in the password SuperflyDSP to access Lost-Vinyls (the password is available on SuperflyDSP’s Instagram account, but we pasted it here for our reader’s convenience). Download links and installation instructions are provided on the plugin page.
Lost-Vinyls is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, or mac OS (Intel versions only). This plugin is available in VST3 and AU formats.
Download: Lost-Vinyls (use the password SuperflyDSP to unlock the product page)