With their quirky interfaces and unconventional sound, Aberrant DSP’s plugins have been piquing producers’ interest for several years now. In fact, SketchCassette - the company’s debut release - has even ended up in the hands of Finneas, who used it in the production of Billie Eilish’s What Was I Made For?
It’s with no small amount of pleasure, then, that we tell you that Aberrant has now released a free plugin, Lofi Oddity. This is something of a ‘greatest hits’ package, taking elements from three of the developer’s paid-for plugins (plus one that may well be coming soon) and packing them into an easy-to-use ‘degradation toy box’.
In keeping with the old-school vibe, the interface looks like it’s been made for an early version of Windows or MacOS. It contains four modules; first up, Corruption, which provides digital artifacting and stuffer effects inspired by Digitalis.
Next, we move on to ‘????’ - yep, that’s what it’s called. Aberrant DSP implies that the lack of a name can be blamed on the fact that this “uncharted space” provider is derived from a plugin that hasn’t been released yet.
The Tape module, meanwhile, offers you a taste of SketchCassette’s C90-style degraded warmth, while the Comp module takes its cue from ShapeShifter.
You can dial in the amount of each effect individually, and there’s also a Master Mix control. 18 factory presets are included to demonstrate what Lofi Oddity is capable of.
All in all, Lofi Oddity looks like a no-brainer download - it comes in VST/AU/AAX formats and runs on PC and Mac. Go and grab it on the Aberrant DSP website.