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Using Vinyl for lo-fi lead vocal effects

February 1, 2016

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In this example, our free plug-in Vinyl is adding grit and dirt to the lead vocal during the bridge of a song. The DUST, MECHANICAL NOISE, WEAR, and ELECTRICAL NOISE provide an organic, lo-fi edginess to the bridge which plays well off the dark piano sound. Simultaneously, the YEAR setting band-limits the sound, focusing the vocal in a smaller frequency range providing better separation from the piano, and providing a greater contrast between song sections, allowing the vocal to open up at the upcoming final chorus.  

Before and After Example: Lo-Fi Vocal Effect

Dial in a lo-fi vocal sound

  1. Set MECHANICAL NOISE to -15dB.
  2. Set WEAR to 8%.
  3. Set ELECTRICAL NOISE to -24dB.
  4. Set DUST to -15dB and DUST AMOUNT to 100%.
  5. Set WARP DEPTH to 11% and select the 4th WARP MODEL.
  6. Set YEAR to 1950.
  7. Set RPM to 78.

Download the Vinyl recall sheet to keep track of your other best settings.

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