Today we’re giving you a rundown of features in iZotope Vinyl, an incredible free plugin that’s been around for as long as we can remember (around 20 years!). It’s had a facelift in recent times, and is as relevant as ever for producers after some nostalgia filled, vintage, vinyl flavour in their productions.

What is iZotope Vinyl?

Using 64-bit processing, iZotope Vinyl does an amazing job at simulating the dust, scratches and mechanical noise of worn vinyl records from eras past. It’s super light on CPU, so using multiple instances of the plugin should be a breeze.

You can load iZotope Vinyl on a single or multiple individual channels to apply warp, scratch and dust to specific elements. Alternatively, you can add it on your master channel to apply instant vintage vibes to the whole recording.

With iZotope Vinyl, you can even add more dramatic effects such a ‘spin-down’, a tape-stop like effect that slows the tempo and drops the pitch as the record slows down to a halt.

The GUI is clean, simple and efficient to use. The layout provides a bunch of sliders, buttons and dials to use to fine tune the sound you want. You’ll be glad to hear there are no dropdown menus to get lost in here.

iZotope Vinyl Features:

  • Lo-Fi: Instant, old-school character inspired by 80’s resampling with bit-crush effect.
  • Mechanical Noise: The amount of turntable motor rumble and noise.
  • Electrical Noise: Internally generated electrical noise, such as 60 Hz grounding hum.
  • Wear: Control how worn out the record is, from brand new to played a few thousand times.
  • Dust: The amount of dust on the record.
  • Scratch: The number and depth of scratches on the record.
  • Warp: The amount of warping and the warp shape for the record – from no warp to the edges totally melted and warped.
  • Record Player Year: The year of the record player – from current linear tracking turntables to 1930 phonographs.
  • Stereo/Mono: Switch between stereo and mono output.
  • Input and Output Gain: Set the gain in and out of the effect with visual level meter feedback.
  • Spin-down: A classic ‘tape-stop’ effect that slows the tempo and drops the pitch as the record slows down to a halt.
  • NKS Support: You can now use iZotope Vinyl without taking your hands off your MASCHINE controller or KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboard, with no setup needed!

You can get the iZotope Vinyl effect plugin, absolutely free, direct from the iZotope website here!

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