To save a patch, click the floppy disk icon in the top right of the UI. Enter a name for your patch and click the secondary floppy disk icon on the write the patch file to your computer.
To load a patch simply select the patch you want from the dropdown list at the top of the plugin UI.
Assuming you have not changed your patch location, all that you need to do to install 3rd party patches is place the unzipped patch (.lf) files into the
C:\ReplicatAudio\lowfire\ directory on your computer.
If you have changed the patch location in the settings menu, simply put the patches there instead.
Note: Patches must be unzipped and they must be in the root of the directory (they can not be in sub folders).
To access the settings menu, click the gear icon in the top right of the UI.
The default patch location is at
C:\ReplicatAudio\lowfire\ but you can use this input box to set LowFire to look for patches in any valid location.
Leaving the updates option enabled will ensure that LowFire is able to connect to the ReplicatAudio servers and show you information about new updates that are available for LowFire as well as other ReplicatAudio news and information.
Note: The data submitted and retrieved through this process is very minimal.
Once you have seen a new message of the day (ReplicatAudio update) once you will not see that message again unless you choose to do so by clicking the "motd" button in the settings menu.
The current version number is displayed in the bottom left corner of the settings menu.
LowFire features a fairly simple but useful stereo oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer.
You can pause/lock the scope screen at any time simply by clicking on it. To unlock the screen just click it again.
Tip: Locking the scope screen is a useful way to examine your signal without it changing on you. It is also a good way to save CPU cycles if you find that this plugin runs somewhat slowly on your system.
Clicking the circular arrow button in the top right of the UI will reload your current patch to the last version you have saved to your computer.
To the bottom right of the main screen is a small light that will change color as your amplitude increases. This is a simple VU meter that can be used to check if your signal is clipping. As the signal approaching a clip the light will turn a a dark red. If the signal is indeed clipping the light will turn to a bright red.
The overdrive effect is emulates a overdriven amplifier.
The "gain up" knob will add gain/overdrive to your signal and the "gain down" knob will decrease the signal at the end of the overdrive sub-chain.
This effect adds white noise into your signal chain. Depending on the selected routing algo, this can be used to alter your tone in a variety of ways.
The down sample effect in LowFire comes in 4 varieties.
Clean Downsample will attempt to preform anti-aliasing techniques which result in a cleaner, less "buzzy" sound.
Dirty Downsample will not attempt to perform any anti-aliasing.
Accumulative Averaging Downsample will average each sample in your new "chunk" accumulatively.
Noisy Downsample will add a small amount of randomization to the down sample algorithm creating an old-school radio tuning type distortion.
Note: The difference between these 4 types of down sampling is very subtle when compared on a "busy" or low frequency signal. See the routing algorithms section for more info on selecting your down sample variety.
Increasing the amount of bit crush lowers the bit depth of your signal. That being said, the bit crush algorithm in LowFire is not a traditional bit crush effect. Instead of proper integer bits, the amount of bit depth is represented as a floating point (fractional) number. So it is possible to have for instance, a bit depth of 1.5 as opposed to only 2 bits or 1 bit.
LowFire includes 2 fairly powerful filters. A high-pass filter used for removing unwanted low frequency sounds and a low-pass filter used for removing unwanted high frequency sounds.
The resonance (quality) of these two filters has a somewhat high maximum value. This allows for creating some very interesting sounds but in turn creates the potential for somewhat unexpected clipping.
Tip: If you are experimenting with high filter resonance values it is highly recommended that you use an external limiter plugin placed at after LowFire in your processing chain. Alternatively, you can also ensure that the "soft clip" knob in LowFire is set to 100%.
MonoFire is an effect that allows you to narrow your stereo image as much as you would like. The higher this knob is set to, the more stereo averaging happens and the more similar your stereo channels will become.
The soft clip effect uses TanH to ensure that the signal leaving LowFire is not clipping. This is a fairly basic effect that sounds something like analog tape saturation.
Note: The "soft clip" effect is actually amplifying your signal by up to 2x at its maximum value. This happens to "encourage" the incoming signal to clip.
This effect preforms a dry / wet mix that will allow you to send a partial LowFire signal to the rest of your processing chain if desired.
OD = Overdrive NS = Noise DC = Down Sample Clean DD = Down Sample Dirty DA = Down Sample Accumulative Average DN = Down Sample Noisy BC = Bit Crush FS = Filter Sections (HP/LP) MF = MonoFire
Useful for creating all kinds crunchy of lo-fi sounds.
Note: All chains end with Soft Clip and Mix.
To ensure that all your project settings can carry over between the lite and pro versions, each version of the plugin shows the same name to your DAW. To ensure your DAW loads the right plugin, just delete the lite version or move it to a folder outside of where your DAW looks for VSTs.
In the settings menu (gear icon) you can see and set the location that LowFire will look for patches/presets. Please ensure this is where your patches are actually located. It is also important to note that LowFire will NOT look inside of sub-folders to find patches. It will ONLY look in the root of the folder you provide to it.
Depending on the current patch and input signal, LowFire may cause audio to clip. Some DAWs will respond to this by muting the offending track. You can avoid clipping by using a limiter plugin after LowFire or by ensuring that the "soft clip" knob within LowFire is not bypassed and turned to 100% (fully to the right).
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