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5 Plugins for Lofi Hip Hop

March 5, 2018Misc Inc shows you 5 of his most essential plugins for lofi hip hop, ranging from synthesizers to bitcrushers.

1. Decimort 2

One of my favourite plugins for bit reduction. In lofi hip hop especially, it’s all about finding the right place between old and new.

Decimort 2 offers a great spectrum of options for high quality bitcrushing. Equipped with a filter, resampling engine and a quantizer, you have full freedom to shape your sound.

From light and crispy, to totally destroyed – this plugin offers the best of both worlds.

You can get the Decimort 2 here.

2. Luftikuss EQ

Great for vocals, great for drums – great for everything. This digital adaption of a hardware 5 band EQ sounds just awesome. More an adaptive than a surgical EQ, it adds the last crips you need on your mix. With the ‘Keep Gain’ control, you can avoid overall gain changes when boosting or cutting with this EQ, which helps judge your decisions better.

But the very best part is – IT’S FREE.

Go check it out. You won’t regret it.

3. Lounge Lizard

My go-to plugin for Rhodes, Wurlitzer and more.

Lounge Lizard by Applied Acoustics Systems is a powerhorse. This digital adaption of an electric piano lets you shape the sounds to the max. Adjusting the hammer, tremolo, the pickup or the damper is fun. You can also start with one of the awesome presets ranging from rhodes, organs, wurlitzer and more experimental sounds.

You’ll never want to use a different rhodes plugin.

Get it here.

4. Echoboy

The ONE delay I have on almost all my tracks. Seemingly simple at first sight, the Echoboy by Soundstoys offers a great variety of options for tweaking the sound and feel of your delay.

Beside the normal mix, delay, feedback and time parameters you can go crazy with shuffled delay times, different emulations of hardware delays (like the famous Space Echo) and many more cool parameters.

Over 100 presets, offering great settings from ambient delays to analogue chorus.

Definitely my favourite delay.

5. J37

Last is the J37 Tape Plugin by Waves.

Tapesaturation and warmth is what you want in your crispy lofi hip hop mix.

The big hardware brother was used in many masterpieces. Now this digital version is there for yours.

3 different tapes, 2 temp setting and full adjustable wow and flutter effects speak for itself. Furthermore, the delay settings come in 3 different options (ping pong, slap, feedback).

If you’ve always asked yourself why so many lofi hip hop tunes sound like they do – this is the answer.

Grab it here. It’s worth it.

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