In June of 2014, friend-of-Goodhertz Tyler Duncan (an incredible producer & mixer) wanted a certain drum fill to sound like the year 2001 — that is, like a low bit-rate digital mp3 ripped from KaZaA. We understood him immediately. Since the dawn of the second recording format, mankind has longed for the aesthetic imperfections of the previous recording format. “Would a bitcrusher do?” No, Tyler didn’t have 8-bit in mind. He wanted lossy digital audio: streaming music on a 56k modem, an mp3 ripped from a CD-R, light jazz streamed over a cellphone, a YouTube video uploaded in 2007. What if a plugin could degrade digital audio and simulate those quintessential compressed sounds in realtime? So we built Lossy: artifacts of heavily compressed audio in a highly-tweakable realtime plugin. Goodhertz asks: are you ready to nostalgize the beautiful harmonics of heavily compressed digital audio? Are you ready to enter the underwater cathedral?
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