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The infinitely desirable sound of crappy mp3’s, broken cellphones, streaming videos, and much more.

Now available as a pedal from Chase Bliss!

In June of 2014, producer & friend-of-Goodhertz, Tyler Duncan, wanted a certain drum fill to sound like the year 2001 — that is, like a low bitrate 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 music 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?

-> Original blog post from 2015 about the story behind Lossy: “Lossy’s Uncharted Waters”

Lossy in use

Aug. 1, 2023

How to Sound Like Phoebe Bridgers in Your Bedroom

Not to spoil the ending, but the answer is: Lossy

Nov. 8, 2022

Loyle Carner breaks down Hate

“A plugin that’s really instrumental to this record is the, um, Goodhertz — this company called Goodhertz — and they do this plugin called Lossy […], used that on a lot of Ben’s vocals actually […]. The Goodhertz plugins in general are a lot of fun to use — very easy to use — and really nice to look at and inspiring.” — Tape Notes Podcast (ep. 102): Loyle Carner, Kwes, & Nick Mills

Oct. 14, 2022

Bad Snacks - Lucky

Bad Snacks’ Lucky features Lossy on the intro loop!

Dec. 20, 2020

Phoebe Bridgers - Savior Complex

Lossy was featured on Phoebe Bridgers’ “Savior Complex” (mostly in the bridge section) and throughout the Grammy nominated, Punisher LP.