Like the sound of fiddles, banjos, hithers & zithers? Course you do, and it’s easily achievable from the comfort of your home studio, just follow our tips and tricks.

So this week we’re going to look at using the technology available to you in your home studio to achieve a very popular and current sound, that folky, acoustic, dusty, slightly over-ripe sound, epitomised by Mumford & Sons. It’s like folk but with added Celtic, or Bluegrass or Emo or Maths Rock or something else thrown in the pot to ‘update’ it.

This kind of Nu-Folk is recorded by acts called things like Pride of Horses, Lorna McBornaO’Corna,  Where the Tall Grasses Walk Tall and so on.  Nu-folk does things like acknowledge our rich musical heritage and recalls a timeless imagined pastoral Albion or something, I’m not really sure. Anyway, the point is it’s shit-big on Spotify at the moment.

The Musty 500x from BitzCo

So to get this kind of sound nailed,  you’re going to need the latest plug-in from BitzCo, the Musty 500x, an updated version of their original ‘Musty’ plug in.

The Musty500x is easy to install and straight away fans of the old version will see some welcome developments. BitzCo have clearly updated the gingham factor, as well as making more levels of dank, musk, and mildew available. They’ve increased the amount of ‘feelings’ patches to include a number of new variables; previous users will recall you could only switch between ‘Earnest’ or ‘Worthy’ whereas know you can now also switch between ‘Twee’ and ‘Rattley’ as well. The 500x also allows the individual adjustment of both plink and plonk levels – about time, amirite?!

So, get your Musty 500 x running, then you’re going to need the following:

Some fiddles, banjos, mandolins, that kind of thing, an old metal bath-tub, some corduroy trousers, a beard, a kazoo, mix them all up together in a skip so it smells foresty then sing your favorite nursery rhyme in the style of (a) a salty old sea-dog, (b) some kind of farming labourer, or (c) Roaming troubadour. Remember to set the ‘earnest’ levels as high as you can, shake your head for a couple of minutes till you feel dizzy, engender an enigmatic vague sense of nostalgia for some unspecified past and you’re done. See you next week.


Check out Part 1 – How to achieve the Lo Fi House sound – and you too can make your tracks sound muffled and distorted for no discernable reason and to no discernable benefit.