Tell me how to create a lo-fi feel with Bit Crusher.

A bit crusher is an audio effect that degrades the quality of digital audio by reducing its bit rate or sample rate. Here are some techniques you can use with a bit crusher to create a lo-fi (low fidelity) sound:

Basic Techniques:

  1. Reduce Bit Rate: Lowering the bit rate will reduce the audio’s accuracy and introduce digital “crunchiness” or noise.
  2. Reduce Sample Rate: Lowering the sample rate will introduce aliasing, where higher frequencies get folded back into lower frequencies, creating a retro vibe.
  3. Adjust the Mix: Bit crushers can be heavy-handed effects, so blending it in with the original signal can temper excessive degradation.

Advanced Techniques:

  1. Multi-Band Processing: Use different settings for the lows, mids, and highs to create a more complex texture.
  2. Use Automation: Automating the sample rate or bit rate changes over time can create dynamic effects within your track.
  3. Combine with Other Effects: Pairing a bit crusher with other effects like reverb or delay can result in a more unique lo-fi sound.

Caution:

  • Bit crushers are very noticeable effects. Using them too excessively can overpower other elements in your mix.
  • Drastically lowering the bit rate or sample rate can create unpleasant noise, so use this effect judiciously.

Feel free to use these techniques to craft your own lo-fi sounds.