Baby Audio Super VHS -
80s Lofi Effects Strip Plugin
A Lo-Fi Flavor Beast
As kids of the 80s, 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.
Meet a complex algorithm with eight simple knobs. They named it ‘Super’ for its powers and ‘VHS’ for its sound.
Six unique 'one-knob' effects in a versatile channel strip:
- STATIC — Static noise synthesizer
- HEAT — ‘Analog tape’ saturator
- SHAPE — Sample rate reducer
- MAGIC — Dark chorus FX
- DRIFT — Pitch fluctuation LFO
- WASH — ‘Bad hall’ reverb
- Plus Internal EQ, bit-crusher, and limiter.
Rewind to the VHS-Era
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.
The result is six unique effects coming together in a versatile channel strip. Super VHS will add some 1980s lofi authenticity to whatever clean sound you run through it - especially as you mix and match the effects. 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 and beyond.
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.
Wait, where are the presets?
Like the 'I Heart NY' parallel compressor, Super VHS isn’t designed for preset browsing. Instead, you have all the controls you need at your fingertips — allowing you to create the right sound for any purpose on the fly. The effect algorithms respond very differently to different sounds and instruments — so you never know where you’ll end up.
And a final word of warning: Super VHS is a temperamental beast. Each effect will sound amazing on some things and totally destroy others (which may be exactly what you’re after!). More often than not, a little goes a long way.
- Plugin formats: VST, VST3, AU, and AAX Native.
- Platforms supported: Mac OS 10.7 and up*, PC Windows 7 and up. 64-bit and 32-bit compatible.
- DAWs supported: Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Reaper, Reason, and more.
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