Unfiltered Audio likes creative audio distress most of all. In music production, breaking stuff on purpose is often the ticket to memorable sounds that stick out, serve a mood, and make a great song what it is. Dent and Indent 2 are an admirably cruel pair of filter and distortion plug-ins. And then there are the likes of BYOME, TRIAD, Fault… yup, the Unfiltered catalog goes a long way. The newest addition is called LO-FI-AF and it’s a lively take on the nostalgic vibes of vinyl, radio, tape, and other retro sources.
Unfiltered Audio LO-FI-AF
To lift those unmistakeable hissing, crackling, barely-held-together-but-wonderful sounds out of analog obscurity, Unfiltered rolled out the heavy artillery – there are convolution, spectral shaping, bit-crushing, and other advanced artifact makers at play. Additionally, the user interface is a total looker. It’s Unfiltered’s prettiest by far, it has 14 skins (remember your collection of WinAmp skins?) and it takes you through a total of 24 possible signal paths. They combine all the plug-in has to offer, which is quite a few things, actually. Think along the lines of tape saturation, vintage mic coloration, vinyl pops, CD players skipping (remember your discman’s dodgy anti-shock?), MP3 compression artifacts (remember your 128kbps files off KaZaA?), radio interference, and the unmistakeable chatter between cell phones and speakers placed too close. These are more recent nostalgic items that very few (if any) of the countless lo-fi plug-ins out there have to offer. Unfiltered’s effort is as commendable as the wholesome nostalgia which LO-FI-AF oozes.
LO-FI-AF Price and availability
LO-FI-AF is on sale at distribution partner Plugin Alliance for USD 130, down from USD 150. It’s also part of the provider’s monthly and yearly subscription bundles. A free 14-day trial version is available for download. The plug-in works under macOS 10.9 or later and Windows 7 through 10 in AAX Native, AU, VST2, and VST3 formats.