You know lo-fi beats have taken over when companies design entire instruments around them. Sonicware has introduced the Liven Lofi-12, a groovebox dedicated to producing understated tracks. The machine centers around a 16-bit, 12/24kHz sampling engine with a 12-bit sampler mode that gives any sound that “real” lo-fi vibe. You can’t just recreate the effect with a bit crusher or similar tools, the company claims.
You’ll also find a “relax” button to enter a delay, as well as 11 track and eight master effects that can introduce cassette or vinyl simulations, as well as common adjustments such as distortion, high/low pass filters and reverb. Pattern presets will also get you started. A four-track sequencer includes options to lock parameters and sound changes. You’ll find MIDI and 3.5mm ports for both input and output. You can use the groovebox with an AC charger (not included) or AA batteries.
The Liven Lofi-12 is available now for $239. You might want to spring for Sonicware’s SmplTrek if you’re more interested in a general purpose beatmaker than expending your energy on a specific sound. This is more feature-laden than rivals like the Korg Volca Sample 2, mind you, and might just be what you’re looking for if you’re hoping to make tunes for one of YouTube’s trendiest genres.
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