How to make a sample sound like vinyl
Open up your DAW of choice and record some tracks in that you think would sound good vinyl-ized. I'm using Ableton Live 10 here.
Once you're satisfied with your tracks and are ready to make them sound like a sampled record, create a new track. This will be the bounce destination for our existing audio.
You'll want to set your track input source to Master.
Before you bounce your audio to the new track, you'll want to make sure your record button is armed and that you're not monitoring the track.
If your bounce worked, you should see the stereo waveform recorded into the new track.
Then dig in your plugins and find iZotope's Vinyl and drag it out to the bounce track.
Then you'll want to mix in all of the settings to taste except Scratch. I find the Scratch to sound a little too artificial. Generally, I'll end up with settings like this:
- Mechanical Noise: -16db
- Wear: 10% (Bring this up too much and you'll lose all the low end under 250 Hz)
- Electrical Noise: -24db
- Dust: 0db with the amount cranked
- Warp Depth: 50%
- Output Gain: +2db
Here's what it should sound like after. You'll lose a few low frequencies and gain some midrange, but the mojo injected by the vinyl-ization will sound irresistible.