lofi Audio – C-90ir
The studio I rent used to be a school.
It then became a metal workshop creating parts for the aviation industry.
In the late 90-ties parts of the workshop was re-worked into a recording studio, in the 00-ties the main area became a TV-studio and in 2019 part of the top floor is my studio.
The ”C90-ir”-instrument uses parts of the building’s past to breath new life into my recorded voice.
Oh yes, this is my voice transformed or should I say grittyfied, grainyfied and made metallic.
I recorded my voice onto an old cassette deck and sent those recordings to my phone. I then used a Vibe-Tribe speaker to vibrate those recordings on different objects.
A pair of Neumann KM84 was used to capture those vibrating moments.
There are four different singers or timbers to choose from:
Tape – the original tape recording with lots of reverb added.
Shelf – a large metal shelf with various objects and spiderweb.
Plate – a nice sounding plate I found.
Drum – a vintage and somewhat destroyed bass drum.
Use the mixer to blend the voices to your liking.
The Tape icon acts like an octave button, deactivate for a smaller sound.
The Drum icon toggles a pre-fader send that let some dust come through even if the modulation wheel and the individual voices are all the way down.
Here’s a video that tries to capture the spirit of the recording session:
Here’s a quick walkthrough:
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The highest fidelity of lofi
First, a confession: I’m not typically keen on lofi sounds. As a musician old enough to have survived the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, whose instrument of choice was first recorded onto cassette portastudios that made any inherent tone and depth disappear like a trick by a second-rate TV conjurer, I developed into that type of musical dinosaur who dreams of making music that sounded like it was made by Frank Zappa, recorded by Gary Katz, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. You can keep your tape hiss, thanks, and your effects that sound like an irreplaceable video recording destroyed by the three-year-old having recently inserted a peanut butter and marmite sandwich into the VHS player. However [meaningfully raises an index finger and eyebrows], where lofi comes into its own is where it adds unique CHARACTER to a sound without making it sound as though it was recorded from a Bontempi organ’s built-in demo song bank onto a crumpled cassette slotted the wrong way round into a Fisher Price recorder by that same three-year-old with odd eating habits. Instead, think Josef Zawinul’s crazy synth sounds on the live version of ‘Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz’. What the heck is that?, you wonder. Why does it sound so mysteriously huge? Those are the sounds that get their hooks into you. That’s what Anders has achieved here. I wasn’t expecting to like it, let alone be able to use it, but I do. And I have. Thanks, Anders!