Karanyi Sounds released Lofi Lite, a lo-fi virtual instrument that is currently available for FREE download.
The low-fidelity craze doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Karanyi Sounds is offering up Lofi Lite, a cutdown version of its Lofi Keys, for free. It may be a slimmed-down package, but it still packs some interesting sound sources with some great effects.
Lofi Lite has only four sound sources, but they’ve been handpicked to provide a unique selection of sounds to pull from. There are a fair few controls for sound manipulation as well, allowing for some creative sound design.
You can blend between the sound sources, as well as tune them by cents or octaves. The sound sources themselves err towards keys with the wonderfully mellow electric piano being a personal favorite. They all sound wonderfully worn and imperfect, living up to the plugin’s name.
Modulation can be applied to the sounds, giving subtle to extreme ranges for tremolo and wow like a worn-out cassette. Subtle movement adds quite a bit more character to the sounds, and the wow is a nice inclusion.
It comes with three effects that are perfect for imparting dusty vibes and a sense of space. The algorithms themselves are taken from some of Karanyi’s other products.
Dimension is a modulation effect, with three algorithms for chorusing and flanging. Keen users will probably recognize the full version of this was given away for free not too long ago, but having it included as a built-in effect is nice.
T-Color provides saturation and distortion. Controls for this one are simple, and higher values correspond to higher harmonics.
Space is the final effect, acting as a reverb with three separate algorithms. This works well with the included sound sources, and it certainly has its own character.
Controls adorn the bottom for quickly enabling the sounds, effects, and the dry/wet mixture for the effects.
All said, Lofi Lite is a fine little instrument – It may lack the multitude of sound sources seen in its larger sibling, but it provides some inspiration for those stuck in yesteryear.
Lofi Lite is available for Windows and Mac computers. Supported plugin formats are VST3 and AU. Apple Silicon and Intel support are both provided.FULL DISCLOSURE: We may receive a commission when you click our affiliate links and make purchases. BPB uses affiliate links to support the website and bring you the latest and greatest music production deals and freebies.
Download: Lofi Lite