Super VHS – Feel the lofi Magic of the 1980s

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Super VHS Creative Multi-FX Plugin

Two and a half busy months after releasing BABY AUDIO’s first plugin: I Heart NY a Parallel Compressor, they released Super VHS. As kids of the 1980s, the team behind BABY AUDIO have always been drawn to the sound of slightly out-of-tune synths, warm tape saturation, gritty samples and grainy reverbs. So they set out on a mission to capture the lofi spirit of our favorite decade — and bring it into a new decade.

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BABY AUDIO wanted this plugin to be like sending your sounds back in time, then re-discovering them on a worn-out VHS tape 30 years later. All with the click of a single button, right inside your DAW.

Super VHC Signal Flow

Super VHS hosts six unique ‘one-knob effects’, coming together in a versatile channel strip.

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STATIC: A synthesized hum, generated by a pink noise oscillator mixed with a digital saw wave. HEAT: A warm sounding saturation algorithm inspired by ‘consumer-grade’ tape machines from the early 1980s. SHAPE: A sample rate reducer (with some extras) inspired by 1980s 8-bit samplers. MAGIC: A lush “Juno style” chorus — but modeled with a slightly darker and more detuned tone. DRIFT: An internal LFO creating unpredictable pitch and time fluctuations. WASH: A grainy, unnatural sounding, hall reverb, inspired by digital rack effects from the VHS-era. MIX: Controls the over-all wet/dry balance. OUTPUT: Controls the global output. HIDDEN PROCESSING: EQ, bit-crusher, limiter.

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Super VHS with six unique effects in one strange plugin

  • STATIC — Static noise synthesizer
  • HEAT — ‘Analog tape’ saturator
  • SHAPE — Sample rate reducer
  • MAGIC — Dark chorus FX
  • DRIFT — Pitch fluctuation LFO
  • WASH — ‘Bad hall’ reverb
  • Internal EQ, bit-crusher, and limiter

Super VHS will add some 1980s lofi authenticity to whatever clean sound you run through it — from a subtle touch of character to extreme sonic twists that leave your head spinning. Each effect has just a single control – but multiple parameters under the hood – allowing you to find endless combinations to transform your synths, samples, guitars, drums, vocals and beyond.

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