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) 2

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.

George Matthews
George Matthews

With 17 Years music production experience, George Matthews is the CEO of Your Local Musician, he also makes music under the name Grimmm and releases Lo-fi music.

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