Cre­ate a haze of fuzzy tones and lo-fi lush­ness!

Fuzz ef­fects work great on synths, drums and acous­tic in­stru­ments… With au­dio at the ready, let’s dive in!

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Let’s start with a dy­namic fuzz patch. Use a monosynth (or sim­ple synth patch) and set the Fuzz Fac­tory con­ser­va­tively, adding colour that we’ll push fur­ther. Now patch your ve­loc­ity CV to drive and/or dry/wet for a dy­namic fuzz that re­sponds to dy­nam­ics.

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The In­stant Lo-Fi Junky re­sponds best when there’s an ele­ment of sus­tain in the in­put. Try blend­ing plucked per­cus­sive sounds with a rich pad then use an LFO to move be­tween the brighter com­pres­sion and lo-fi set­tings for a thick mov­ing lo-fi tone.

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What’s bet­ter than ac­cent­ing your riffs with some real ‘hair on your chest’ fuzz ac­tion? For this patch noth­ing! Patch up a 303 style acid line and use the ac­cent out from your se­quencer to ad­just gate, comp and drive set­tings for a unique ac­cent ef­fect.

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The Lo-Fi Junky can mimic tape or vinyl war­ble beau­ti­fully. Patch in your au­dio, turn the ef­fect to fully wet and ad­just the speed and depth for a gor­geous cho­rus/vi­brato. Play­ing with the mod­u­la­tion wave­form al­lows for a range of war­bles and thick mod­u­la­tions.

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Pro­gram a beat with 808 or 606-style drum sounds and drive the Fuzz Fac­tory hard then dial back the dry/wet blend to cre­ate a thick and fuzzy back­drop for your beats. This will keep your beats punchy while adding a con­trol­lable sus­tained low-end.


With the In­stant Lo-Fi Junky we can cre­ate non mod­u­lat­ing FX by turn­ing down the depth on the vi­brato/cho­rus. This gives us com­pres­sion and fil­ter­ing; try us­ing en­velopes and LFOs to dry/wet and the comp/lo-fi blend for shifting tonal changes.

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