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.

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