Cymatics has just released a new vintage/lofi plugin designed to make your samples sound like they’re straight from an old tape machine.

Origin features a resampler/bitcrusher with two special filters to create an “underwater” sound.

The core of Origin is its resampler, which changes the sample rate of your running audio in real-time. However, reducing the sample rate alone will produce bitcrusher-style artifacts called “images.” In many cases, these aren’t desirable. Removing these images using Origin’s special filters results in an effect similar to a brick-wall lowpass filter, but with an altogether different sonic character.

Rather than turning down the cutoff on a lowpass filter to cut high frequencies, Origin mathematically forbids high frequencies from existing above the resampler cutoff frequency.

The plugin also has tape saturation modeled from vintage tape machines, “reel to reel” noise, movement (wow and flutter), and a chorus that was replicated the the Juno 106 chorus sound with two classic slow and fast chorus modes.

Origin is available to download in VST, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac.

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