Deliberate lo-fi sound

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So-Fi
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Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by So-Fi » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:06 pm

This is probably gonna sound silly, or even insane to some of you... but I want my music to have a more lo-fi feel, some subtle distortion and crispy vintage-like recordings. This goes especially for the vocals and the guitar. I'm using saturator and overdrive, but it tends to get more purely noisy than just having that special lo-fi quality, that comes when you record on crappy gear.
I know that I could just buy a really lo-fi microphone and put it to my amplifier, but I don't have any money whatsoever, so I'm using recording directly through my audio-interface...

Examples of the sound I want could be bands like Minks (for example the song Kusmi) or Sic Alps (for example the song "DO You Want to Give $$")

I guess I'm just curious if anyone has some tips or tricks.

thanks in advance

glenn303
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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by glenn303 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:44 pm

Try using Redux in Lives audio FX, its a bit reducer.

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by Rabalder » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:51 pm

Earn some money.. Buy some old analog gear..

I was previously looking for a "high quality lo-fi sound". Analog gear dude!!! A whole new world of lo-fi awesomeness!!!!

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by 4.33 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:17 pm

^^
utter bullshit

you need eq, compression, tape saturation, slapback delays and spring reverbs, attitude and knowledge of mixing

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by andydes » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:18 pm

Some of these are all pretty good for a bit of fake analogue warmth (the reverb and compressor are nice too). PC only though.


http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/vst-effects/

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by Rabalder » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:21 pm

@4.33 :roll:

@So-fi: You can acheive good lo-fi sounding stuff with Live alone. If you want true lo-fi straight out of the box, youll need some cash..

All depends on your point of referance.

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by oddpop » Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:51 pm

I@m in a similar boat. I've been trying to get drum machines to sound like Velvet undergound lately and its bloody hard.

I usually re-amp stuff or run it out to analogue through this old mixer and over-drive the mixer a bit.

sometimes helps.
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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by razorblade » Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:13 pm

Oddly enough, my favorite lo-fi plugin is the lofi preamp model in Pod Farm...Makes everything sound like it's being broadcast from 1947.
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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by Yoseph » Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:25 pm

Use EQ, r'verb, and some heavy compression. LOFI

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by triss » Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:47 pm

just incase you haven't thought....
record stuff through your laptop mic and layer it with the original?

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by nylarch » Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:20 pm

MacBook Pro; Live 8 Suite, Reaktor; '77 Fender Jazz Bass; Apogee One;

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by oblique strategies » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:36 pm

oddpop wrote:I've been trying to get drum machines to sound like Velvet undergound lately and its bloody hard.
A noble quest.

Zeddy
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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by Zeddy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:05 am

Try recording out onto a cassette deck, and then record the tape back into Live. It will add some nice tape saturation.

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by Broken Chip » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:29 am

Get a four track tape recorder off ebay. This will give you all the "wow and flutter" you need. The trusty Boss 303 sampler is also a great tool for lo-fi recordings and has some great effects.

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Re: Deliberate lo-fi sound

Post by Elevated01 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:38 am

oblique strategies wrote:
oddpop wrote:I've been trying to get drum machines to sound like Velvet undergound lately and its bloody hard.
A noble quest.
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