Nick Johnstone (nix808) has released a number of freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC (made with SynthMaker).

The latest versions of Nick’s plug-ins will be available for download from this page. For support please contact Nick at his address: nix808@…

2014-03-12: Nick has launched a website, also offering commercial plugins. Check it at Phonics Audio.

4 Kicks

Phonics 4 Kicks

4 Kicks is a bass drum synthesizer instrument. Nick writes:

This was built by Nippy Baynes for the SM GrooveBox collaboration. It has quirky envelopes which sound great IMO. It is my typical kick I use currently. It is free for all users, but I retain the right to distribute.

 Phonics 4 Kicks — Download size: 1.18 MB


Phonics freQ

Q8 paragraphic (hybrid) equalizer effect. Each parameter has 2 switchable options so you can A-B them. It sounds great when you automate sweeps. The depth of gain is adjustable on a knob from 0 to 40 dB.

 Phonics freQ — Download size: 1.16 MB


Phonics Sync

Sync is a looping and recording tool.

Nick writes:

I originally built this to use this idea I had. That is to play a metronome click on beat divisions of a sound editor’s selection. So it does that so you can tell when you selection is looping in sync. Additionally it records and you can play the recording back internally or via midi. I will soon have it normalize, and if I can figure it out fade the ends of the cut loop. You need a 3rd party app to timestretch, but I am looking at this. Max recording time is 10 min with 3 gig of RAM, but shorter takes are previewed in the mix nicely.

 Phonics Sync — Download size: 1.90 MB


Mono2Stereo is a utility to route channels. If you are recording a mono source, just insert this in the signal chain to process in stereo.

 Phonics Mono2Stereo — Download size: 1.01 MB

Wave Mechanic

Nix808 Wave Mechanic
This is a multi-effect with a full-featured filter section particularly. Please play with the filter parameters to create oleaginous sounds, which can then be enhanced by the reverb and delay.

 Wave Mechanic v1.0 — Download size: 1.13 MB


Nix808 Tripper
A monophonic filter envelope for audio. A new filter envelope is created when volume increases.

 Tripper v1.0 — Download size: 1.93 MB

Dream Sequence

Nix808 Dream Sequencer
Is the simplest of sequencers. It might be a good one to teach children with, once you have set up the routing. I am hoping to add some new features soon.

 Dream Sequence v1.0 — Download size: 0.99 MB