Free Audio Effects (part II)

These are the wonderful Bootsy effects. The fact that they are free is extraordinary and has caused quite a stir.

I have spent hundreds of pounds on UAD effects yet often reach for these free Bootsy effects instead. They’re just great.

These are more complicated effects and maybe not for beginners. Be sure to download the manual for each of these: you won’t know what you are doing otherwise.

General Processors:

smooth analogue style eq with pre-amp simulation strip for warmth and harmonic colouration. Extra CPU used for every knob tweaked, so leave in default position unless needed. Nonetheless, very economical.

BootEQ: smooth analogue style eq with pre-amp simulation strip for warmth and harmonic colouration. Extra CPU used for every knob tweaked, so leave in default position unless needed. Nonetheless, very economical.

very nice compressor. Note the sidechain can be set to 'external'. It has four inputs: make sure something is feeding inputs three and four (your sidechain trigger) from another track, or your sidechain won't do anything. In Reaper, this involves clicking the '4 in 2 out' box and setting up a little matrix. Neat.

Density MKII: very nice compressor. Note the sidechain can be set to 'external'. If you want to use this feature, note that it has four inputs: make sure something is feeding inputs three and four (your sidechain trigger) from another track, or your sidechain won't do anything. In Reaper, this involves clicking the '4 in 2 out' box and setting up a little matrix. Neat.

epicVerb: highly configurable reverb with distincive 'rattly' sound. Fully automatable. Occassionally glitchy, so save your work before you load it. On the other hand, it can have a huge 10 second reverb time which sounds incredible, so it's worth it.

EpicVerb: highly configurable reverb with distincive 'rattly' sound. Fully automatable. Occassionally glitchy, so save your work before you load it. On the other hand, it can have a huge 10 second reverb time which sounds incredible, so it's worth it.

RescueAE: separate processor for mid and side signals: add punch to the middle, widen the stereo sides. Or turn off the middle to hear just the sides. This can be used subtly or in extreme - both can be great. Seriously though, read the manual.

RescueAE: separate processor for mid and side signals: add punch to the middle, widen the stereo sides. Or turn off the middle to hear just the sides (or vice versa). This can be used subtly or in extreme - both can be great. Read the manual.

TesslaPro: a transient aware signal saturator. That means it's a (very) subtle compressor that you can tweak on the stereo output "to improve slightly the overall sonic image and density". It's subtle, but if you already have a great mix, popping this on the end can make make it sound like a record.

TesslaPro: a transient aware signal saturator. That means it's a (very) subtle compressor that you can tweak on the stereo output "to improve slightly the overall sonic image and density". It's subtle, but if you already have a great mix, popping this on the end can make make it sound like a record. Some will say it is 'the emperor's new clothes', while for others it is Bootsy's crowning glory.

Bootsy discusses the creation of TesslaPro and the ideas behind it here. It’s a very useful read.

The ‘Nasty’ Processors:

Like most of his other effects, the ‘Nasty’ series of Bootsy FX are not designed to be ‘transparent’ effects, they are designed to add colour to the sound in the way that very expensive analogue gear does. Also, like that gear, they are surprisingly easy to use. Bootsy frequently uses the word ‘mojo’ when describing that special something that the Nasty FX add.

bootsy nastyHF

NastyHF: boost your high frequencies smoothly and brilliantly. You will never want to touch a Cubase EQ again. It's not far off the smoothness of the Neve 1073, and that's very expensive.

NastyLF: cuts as well as boosts low frequencies.

NastyLF: cuts as well as boosts low frequencies. The LF boost is designed to distort nicely.

TableTop: boosts lower mid frequencies and adds harmonic distortion. Bootsy suggests this be used to "pimp lame soft synths". It's only got one knob, which is ace.

TableTop: boosts lower mid frequencies and adds harmonic distortion. Bootsy suggests this be used to "pimp lame soft synths". It's only got one knob, which is ace.

Nasty CS: channel strip. It's got it all and it looks like the UAD 1073 emulation. However, if you're mainly wanting that nice top end, it's actually easier to use NastyHF on its own.

Nasty CS: channel strip. It's got it all and it looks like the UAD 1073 emulation. However, if you're mainly wanting that nice top end, it's actually easier to use NastyHF on its own.

NastyVSD: Virtual Summing Device. This is the bomb. Crank it up and your track starts to sound dirtier, livelier, louder, punchier even. It will smear your track and mess it up sonically and it should not be used as a stereo-out mastering limiter. Unless you like the sound it makes. It's pretty addictive.

NastyVSD: Virtual Summing Device. This is the bomb. Crank it up and your track starts to sound dirtier, livelier, louder, punchier even. It will smear your track and mess it up sonically and it should not be used as a stereo-out mastering limiter. Unless you like the sound it makes. It's pretty addictive.

Get them all here.

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