Thank God It's Free - Ep. 07

iZotope Vinyl - Free Lofi Plugin

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Hey, welcome to the seventh episode of "Thank God It's Free," our weekly series where I show you the best free plugins to edit your samples.

Today I'm going to show you a free lofi plugin called "Vinyl," by iZotope.

"Vinyl" simulates the dust, scratches, warp, and mechanical noise of vinyl records. It allows you to create a "lo-fi" sound using vinyl record and phonograph models.

You can download "Vinyl" here. 👈

Below you can find a comprehensive overview of every control to understand how to get the most of this plugin. 💪

Mechanical Noise

Adds turntable rumble and motor noise. Use it at low volumes to add realistic noise to intros and quiet parts of songs.

Record Wear

Simulates the effect of a record that's been played too many times. As a needle passes over and over a record, it physically wears it down which causes high frequencies to drop off, and distortion to occur as the curves in the record flatten out.

Adjust the Wear setting in combination with the Input Gain to get realistic distortion of the record.

Electrical Noise

Adds electrical noise from preamps and other phonograph circuitry. Use it at low volumes to add realistic noise to intros and quiet parts of songs.

Dust Gain and Amount

Dust Amount: The Dust knob controls the amount of dust on the record. Higher values (knob to the right) result in more dust on the record. Use in combination with the Dust Gain fader which controls the volume of the dust samples.

Dust Gain: The Dust fader control increases the volume of the dust samples. Note that you need to have the Dust Amount turned on (to the right) to trigger dust samples, which can then be mixed with the music using this Dust fader.

Dust Indicator LED: Turns from red to dim green when you are mixing in dust samples. At the moment that a dust sample is actually being played, the LED turns from dim green to bright green.

Scratch Gain and Amount

Scratch Amount: The Scratch knob controls the number of scratches on the record. Higher values (knob to the right) result in more scratches on the record. Use in combination with the Scratch Gain fader which controls the volume of the Scratch samples.

Scratch Gain: The Scratch fader control increases the volume of the scratch samples. Note that you need to have the Scratch Amount turned on (to the right) to trigger scratch samples, which can then be mixed with the music using this Scratch fader.

Scratch Indicator LED: Turns from red to dim green when you are mixing in scratch samples. At the moment that a scratch sample is actually being played, the LED turns from dim green to bright green.

Warp Controls

Warp Depth: Use in combination with the Warp model to set the amount of the Warp. Higher values will result in deeper warps in the record, which causes greater pitch variations.

Warp Model: Selecting different Warp Models allows you control whether there is a continual warp around the record, or if there is just a single warp. You can see the Warp Model in the display, which can be thought of as a cross section view of the record, showing the warp.

Input and Output Gain

Controls the Input and Output Gain. Turn up the input gain to get a strong signal (up to the red LEDs. Turn down the output gain if it's too loud.

Year

Models record players from different decades using filter responses. Year 2000 is effectively no effect at all. Earlier years roll off frequencies.

Note that this is simulating the amplifier and speaker system of earlier phonographs, so the entire output including scratches and dust samples is also filtered. In addition, 1950 and earlier switches the output to mono.

RPM

Changes the simulated speed of the record player. This does not change the pitch of the music. It controls how often scratches are heard (at higher speeds of rotation a single scratch would be heard more often) as well as how often the warping rises and falls.

Mono Stereo

Allows you to set Mono or Stereo output. Note that setting the year of the record player will automatically switch the output to Mono for 1950 and earlier, but you can switch it back to Stereo if you want.

Bypass

A quick way to turn off iZotope Vinyl.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at federico@keep-it-sample.com. 🤘

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