Waves introduces a new LoFi plugin to add nostalgic space to your tracks.
Much of the sounds of the past sounded as iconic as they did, thanks to the use of particular hardware plugins. Acclaimed studios utilized reverb and delay plugins worth thousands of dollars per track of a song, ensuring the final mix would go down in history. Today, we have ultra-clean digital and convolution reverb plugins in a software format that deliver incredibly realistic spaces. Yet, creating something new often involves looking into the past, and that’s where Waves LoFi Space comes in.
The user interface is clean, and all of the parameters are clearly visible. You can also resize the interface to fit your screen.
Thanks to the filters that affect the wet signal alone, LoFi Space is a very versatile space plugin.
The delay doesn’t add character
, making it a standard effect that you could use anywhere. However, the reverbs do add plenty of uniqueness to your sound. I particularly enjoyed the spring reverb, which sounds unlike most spring reverbs
. I found the plate reverb far too characterful, though
. It makes it a great sound design tool but less of a space effect
Value For Money
LoFi Space has a worn-out hardware-like look, but the bright color scheme makes it look like something out of a 2D videogame. All the parameters are visible, and there are no hidden pages. Furthermore, thanks to Waveshell v13, you can resize the interface up to 200% of the normal size.
At the left of the plugin, you can activate the Echo or the Reverb, with their respective controls on the same row in the middle of the UI. At the bottom left, you’ll find a pair of parameters to control the output filter.
The delay and reverb effects are fixed in a serial signal chain. So, activating both creates a washed-out space effect, particularly lovely on ringing sounds. Let’s have a deeper look at the effects:
The Echo is a standard delay effect with BPM sync, host sync, and millisecond-based delay options. It also lets you activate ping-pong mode, which bounces the delay feedbacks between the channels of your stereo mix.
The plugin features two kinds of reverb: spring and plate. The spring sounds close to the more expensive kinds of spring reverbs with nearly smooth tails. Furthermore, I love how clean the sound is. There are no overly protruding frequencies, an issue often plaguing most spring reverb plugins.
The plate reverb, however, is highly characterful. The plate’s ringing resonance makes it somewhat less of a versatile reverb on sources like vocals. However, the resonance makes it a good choice when you want to add volume to your sound. A good example would be to add weight to drums.
Three basic presets illustrate the plugin’s reverb effects and over 200 Artist-presets created by 54 artists and skilled engineers. Mixing legend Tom Lord-Alge, DTOX, and Mick Schultz are among these artisans. The presets range from mild and soft to loud and wild.
The controls at the bottom left of the interface are a high-pass and a low-pass filter that act on the wet output of the plugin. The high-pass ranges from 30 Hz to 1.5 kHz, and the low-pass from 1.5 kHz to 21 kHz. Both of these have audibly high slope steepness.
While I wouldn’t say the delay is extraordinary, it can sound interesting when mixed with the reverb and filters. Conversely, the reverb is highly unique and worth spending the time to learn its sound. I’m particularly a fan of the spring reverb, which sounds like a multi-chambered spring reverb.
LoFi Space provides genuinely high-quality reverb sounds. Furthermore, a large number of presets and few parameters make it an excellent choice for beginners and experienced people looking for inspiration. However, you can find many other plugins that offer the same or even better features for that price as there is a big competition.
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K. M. Joshi is a multi-award-winning composer and sound designer, specializing in film, game, and TV audio. He enjoys making cinematic music, rock, blues, and electronica.