How to Make a Lo-fi Sound in Logic Pro X (Stock Plugins Only)

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a lo-fi sound in Logic Pro X using only stock plugins.

In the video, above you’ll see the stock plugins that I used and how I made a loop from our sample pack Anthology sound even more Lo-fi than it already does.

Stock Plugins used:

  1. Channel EQ
  2. Fuzz-Wah
  3. Distortion
  4. Phat FX
  5. Chorus

Step #1 – Choose a sample

find samples

Creating a great Lo-fi track doesn’t just come down to the effects you use, first you have to have a great melody.

To create the lo-fi sound that we did in the video tutorial above, I used Loop 1 – Battle Beats from one of our most popular sample packs Anthology.

Once you have chosen a sample, we can move on to adding effects that a premiere plugin like RC-20 Retro Color might help you achieve but for FREE.

Step #2 – Add Channel EQ

high and low frequencies

After choosing my sample, I started to add effects, my effect was to add a simple EQ.

I made quite a drastic change to the sound of the sample using the EQ, taking out as much as 40 Hz from the high end, which gave the sample a filtered sound.

Step #3 – Add Fuzz-Wah


The second effect I added was Logic’s own Fuzz-Wah which is a great plugin for adding an old-school wah to your production.

In this example, I kept most of the settings on their default levels but did increase the WAH level to intensify the effect of the plugin.

Step #4 – Add Distortion

lo fi audio effects

Nothing makes a track sound more lo-fi than EQ and a tiny amount of distortion, for the 3rd plugin I used Distortion, I again kept the majority of the settings at their default levels, but dialed back the drive level by 0.5 dB and decreased the output to -5.0 dB.

This gave the sample a much-needed gritty tone, which is very present in today’s lo-fi music.

Step #5 – Add Phat FX

How to Make a Lo-fi Sound in Logic Pro X (Stock Plugins Only) 1

For my final effect, I used Phat FX but didn’t utilize many of its features, I first increased the cut-off of the filter, using the LP 12dB Edgy setting.

Next, I turned off the following:

  1. Distortion (Since we have already used one)
  2. MOD FX
  3. LFO 1

Lastly, I then increased the compressor amount to -9dB.

Overall the techniques mentioned in this tutorial will provide a good starting point to make the classic lo-fi hip hop sound that has become common practice for most lo-fi producers, looking to emulate the sound of old tape machines and add it to their beats.

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