Bootsy plug-ins

Bootsy has released quite a number of interesting freeware VST effect plug-ins for Windows, but unfortunately he hasn’t spend all that much time creating a website yet. I mean, blurb doesn’t exactly do his work justice!

I figured I’d list Bootsy’s plug-ins on this page, alongside the links to download the latest versions. The page will be updated when new plug-ins/versions are released.

Update: Bootsy has his own website now so please visit that for the new releases and updates:

Bootsy Nasty fx series
Bootsy NastyVSD
Bootsy NastyCS

Nasty signal coloring fx series

The Nasty plug-in series is entirely dedicated to signal coloring.

NastyLF – Adding mojo to the lowend
NastyLF is a specific and tuned combination of lowend EQ and output stage. The low frequency EQ in classic boost/cut design offers both: broad ‘oldschool’ as well as rather narrow ‘modern’ curves (switchable) altogether with a variation of that special sounding curve designs when using boost and cut in combination. A new developed output stage offers tasty lowend saturation which can virtually be driven up to 24dB with internal automatic gain compensation.

NastyHF – Adding mojo to the highend
NastyHF is a specific and tuned combination of highend EQ (peak and shelve) and oversampled output stage. The high frequency EQ offers both: broad ‘old school’ as well as rather narrow ‘modern’ curves (switchable). HF peaking is applied on fixed frequencies and the 10kHz filter performs as a shelve. Both designs feature special musical sounding curves. A new developed and oversampled output stage offers fancy and almost artefact free HF saturation prominently featuring K2 and K3 harmonics with attenuated higher harmonics.

NASTYtableTop – Signal coloring made easy
NASTYtableTop is a low-mid frequency booster which increases perception in this frequency range by saturation. In subtle amounts this is perceived as a kind of ‘phatness’ while in extreme settings this is going to be perceived as ‘muddy’ and/or ‘distorted’.

NastyVSD – Virtual summing device
NastyVSD is a kind of “summing device” effects simulator and features some of the effects which can appear while going outboard (out of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)) and receiving a analog summed stereo mix back into the DAW. When doing this, “safety limiting” or even AD clipping is performed, so this is included in this simulation as well. When driven hard (aka abused), this could be used for maximising purposes as well.

NastyCS – Character channelstrip
NastyCS features the very best “nasty” things coming from this Plug-In series and additionally two mid frequency EQ’s originally developed for the BootEQ Plug-In as well as high- and low-pass filtering.

Bootsy BootEQ


– A musical sounding mixing EQ

Features zero latency processing, musical sounding EQ curves (frequency and phase response) and a dynamic noise model.

Bootsy Density


– Smooth and versatile stereo dynamics processing

Incorporates some proven dynamic shaping approaches from the past, combined in a seamless fashion with some much more modern concepts in audio processing – the best of both worlds.

Bootsy TesslaSE


– “Electric effects”

Pleasant sounding electric effects coming from transformer coupled tube circuits in a digital controlled fashion.

Bootsy Rescue


– Analog style modelled signal designer

Introduces spatial imaging as well as sonic resolution improvements to program material. Rescue in general features decent gain and transient mechanics applied straight forward to m/s encoding. Some decent non-linear signal colouration is given as well.

Boosty’s plug-ins are now available for downloads from Variety of Sound.

  • davidtong

    very great plugins , thx for the effort!keep up the good work pls

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  • bduffy

    The link for Rescue is dead up there, just so you know! :D

  • ronnie

    Thanks for the heads up Bduffy, it’s fixed!

  • bduffy


  • digital lofi

    I love these plugs. They’re really great looking and sound fantastic. Any idea what they were developed using? No hating, just generally curious.

  • bduffy

    Yeah: they’re made with SynthMaker. And perhaps a deal with the Devil.

  • digital lofi

    50% SynthMaker; 50% pure inspiration.

  • Mark Cheshire

    Hi Bootsy,

    Great plugins, They make the high dollar RTAS plugins look like the rippoff they often are!

    These work great in Wavelab & I have not experienced any problems in ProTools using the FXpansion wrapper.

    Unfortunately The “Rescue” install file seems corrupt as it will not unzip (I am using the latest version of Winrar). Also the “Nasty” series did not include “Tabletop”, have you discontinued that plugin?

    Thanks for the great work & contribution to music. I am enjoying using your creations.

    Best regards
    Mark Cheshire (Nashville, TN)

  • ronnie

    Hi Mark, Rescue unpacks fine here with Winrar 3.40. Perhaps the file didn’t download completely?
    Also, the Nasty series link does include the tabletop plug-in when I just tried it so try that one again as well.

  • Mark Cheshire

    Thanks Ronnie,

    My brain suddenly started working & I went to another computer that has a LAN connection instead of using the wireless connection in the studio. They are all installed, wrapped & running!

    N.B; For any ProTools users, These plugs run flawlessly using the FXpansion wrapper & do not crash. They also (unlike some VST plugs) recall presets when a session is reopened & can also store as “Session” presets.

    Now if only someone would develop software to convert wrapped VST plugs into Audio suite!

    Thanks again-These plugins are awesome!

  • Stretch

    Thanks for the plugins…I’ll set them up tonight and check them out.

    Again Thanks!!!!

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  • ughnonumus


    Bootsy “kicks” A**!

  • ronnie

    Boosty updated the Nasty Series pack to v1.0.1

    This update contains some (significant) CPU optimizations for NastyHF. Download link:

  • Nathan Barton

    These are great plug-ins!!!!. I am using Jamstix 2 XL and the Tessla SE honestly makes the drum samples shimmer and thump. I am looking forward to using these on my mixes.

  • ronnie

    The Nasty Series was updated to v1.2 (adds NastyVSD and NastyCS) and Rescue is now at v2.0.1 (includes a special Anniversary Edition plug-in).

    Thanks Bootsy!

  • bduffy

    Sweetness!!! That NastyVDS is excellent!!

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  • Bobby Quine

    In my professional opinion, Bootsy is the shiznit…!!!

  • arb

    thanks, much respect!!!

  • matic3000

    good job dude, just been testing them out
    im already tellimg my friends about it
    looking out for more

  • G.dB

    There’s only one disadvantage about these plugins: I can only use them at work (on a PC) and not at home (on my MAC)!!!

  • karlkrawall

    OK, they look great, they sound INCREDIBLE and they’re free……..??!!

    What’s going on here??!!!

    From now on Bootsy will be on my list of cool people ;)
    …no, wait, I’ll take the other list…VERY cool people.

  • Jacaré

    Man, this plugs are so great ! Density has a very nice character to deliver, Tesla is great too!! Can’t wait for Epic !!!

  • Ron Marquiss

    Download went smooth and all seem to work well without any problems. I am very happy about that. I am really impressed with how they look…so professional. The sound of the plugs are simply outstanding too. I have not had the time to really apply them but I can tell already I will use them. Bootsy may have saved my studio. The plugs should not be free. I am grateful and feel lucky to have them. Thanks Bootsy!


    brilliant! barely just can’t wait for OS X version. /-:

  • Nekro Machine

    Can’t wait for EpicVerb Bootsy. Hope all is well mate and the creases are being ironed out ;)


    brilliant! barely just can’t wait for OS X version. /-:

    It just wont happen as SynthMaker is along the lines of SE (Unless you know something i do not). So bootcamp is your best bet (or buy bootsy Cycling ’74’s Max/MSP and lots of women whilst keeping your fingers crossed and ‘soul trading’ pulp fiction style)

    I’d go for a dual boot bootcamp XP SP2 setup as it works a treat on a friends iMac & Macbook Pro :)
    then you get best of both worlds friend

  • Ha Nguyen

    Great Plugins! Especially these are free! You’ve worked very hard!
    Thank you so much!
    Best Regards!

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  • Mike

    Excellent plugins! Highly recommended to anyone who looks for hi-end plugs. Thanks for your effort Bootsy. It’s REALLY appreciated.


  • gerrard

    These bootsy plugs are great for noobs like myself. The Nasty HF in particular seems to be roughly akin to sprinkling magic pixie dust on my distorted guitar tracks.

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  • Corey Scott

    The link for the Nasty bundle is down.

    I have this site listed on my blog for quality free plugs.

  • ronnie

    That’s right Corey. Bootsy now has his own website where you can find all the latest downloads:

  • mirek

    Hi, can i use this DENSITY compressor in mix? Not in finalization only use it in mix project. For example on sample?

  • Jason

    Why the heck not? If it sounds good, then it isn’t wrong. You should try out some of the presets that came with it, as Bootsy always provides a number of good preset examples to show you the kind of things you might want to use his plugins for–as long as you keep in mind they’re only guides and not magic mix dust. I like tossing Density on drum and bass samples, because it’s a great plugin for parallel compression.

  • jared

    heard a lot of good stuff from bootsy
    personally i havent tried anything yet
    will downoad now :)

  • Dave

    Thanks so much for these bootsy, especially tessla and now tessla pro….absolutely killer plugins!

  • Triniti

    Im looking for the Original Boot EQ
    the new one is not using the led style meter Bridge and also My sessions refer to the old one not the new one!

  • ronnie

    @Triniti You can still get the old version here:

  • George

    Superb plug ins. Thanks.

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  • Werewolf

    Pop Nasty HF on your winamp VST bridge along with Modern Spacer by Antress on the “Large Studio” preset and you can get to a level of Hi-Fi you just shouldn’t be able to reach for free.

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