by Simon Allen | Approximate reading time: 1 Minute

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Vinyl was iZotope’s first product, it was a free experimental download that proved hugely popular. Re-issued with some updates and now compatible with 64bit systems, this new edition of Vinyl marks iZotope’s 15th Birthday. With other lo-fi plugins costing hundreds, surely this is a free plugin worth trying?


As a huge fan of iZotope, and in particular for their saturation algorithms, I’ve already downloaded and used this new edition of Vinyl. With a unique sound, a surprising amount of parameters available and a high level of control for a free plugin, I urge you to take a good look. Besides the obvious uses for applying that vintage vinyl sound to a mix or in post production, it can also be used upon individual tracks in your productions.

Somewhat ironically, after iZotope have spent years perfecting their audio restoration tool kit RX, they’re now putting dirty sounds back out there. Either used as a special effect or for more subtle enhancements, Vinyl is sounding great in its new format. Compatible with Windows or Mac, as an AAX, VST2 or 3, and RTAS plugin it will support 32bit and 64bit systems. A new feature is included called spin-down, which emulates the sound of a record playback slowing down and stopping.


As well as the new spin-down feature, the plugin includes parameters for almost all artefacts associated with vinyl recordings. There’s everything from mechanical and electrical noises, dust and scratch noises and warping through to different ages of vinyl right back to 1930. This new version also adds control over the amount of warping a record may have had.

More information and download here:

For any geeks out there, click on the rivets around the GUI for a neat animation!

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