In this list you’ll find the absolute top 5 of free lo-fi processing plugins for both Windows & Mac. The list includes plugins from big names (Izotope, Caelum Audio) and less known developers. The plugins allow you to dial in saturation, vibrato-style effects, add noise, digital distortion and much more. Let’s get started!
1. Izotope Vinyl (Mac/Win)
Vinyl simulates the dust, scratches, warp, and mechanical noise of beloved vinyl records. Try the new Lo-fi effect to add the signature tone of 80s hip-hop resampling. Bring character-filled artifacts and classic tone to your production in seconds.
2. Tape Cassette (Mac/Win)
Tape Cassette 2 is an audio plugin that emulates the warmth, noise and character of old tape cassettes. Following up from the well received Tape Cassette 1, the plugin has been updated with a sleek interface and more changes under the hood too.
3. Chow Tape Model (Mac/Win)
Chow Tape is an analog tape machine physical model, based on the Sony TC-260. Useful for that vintage, top-of-the-line 1967 consumer audio sound. The current version can be used to emulate a wide variety of reel-to-reel tape machines.
4. SuperflyDSP Lost-Tapes & Lost Vinyls (Mac/Win)
Lost-Tapes effect is based on tape emulation, but does not claim to model any hardware model. It modifies the character of your sound with state of the art algorithms. The plugins can be used mainly on instruments (like guitar, vocals or keyboards), but also on stem tracks like drum-kits or stacked chord tracks.
5. PML Lo-Fi Rack (Ableton Live)
If you’re an Ableton Live user, feel free to grab our rack with lo-fi effects. It features classic “RC-20” style Wow and Flutter effects for adding that vinyl-like pitch fluctuation, as well as drive, reverb, filtering and bit reduction features. You can get it absolutely free of charge in our Freebies section.