Chris Johnson is creating AU/VST Plugins
432

patrons

$1,130
per month


Hi!
I'm Chris from Airwindows, a leading company in professional audio DSP plugins since 2007. (Plugins are used in computer music applications like Logic, Cubase and many others.) Airwindows is all me, and I'm allowed to do this: I own all the rights to my code.


As of Monday, August 1st 2016, I began rereleasing my Audio Unit plugins for free as Mac AU, and Mac and Windows VST2, beginning with the newest version of the most popular one I ever wrote, Console. From now on, each new plugin and each port to VST/Windows will be free to the community. My full catalog with all 'classic versions' includes over 250 plugins. As you read this, I've already released over 60 plugins under the Patreon.

Why did you switch your entire business model to Patreon?

I have sold close to a quarter million dollars worth of plugins over the decade I've been in business and want to try something different with less crazy booms and busts (that averages a couple thousand dollars a month, so it didn't leave me rich or anything) and something that feels more honest to me. I will be doing my development work to benefit working musicians, DJs and producers. The evolution of the music business has left these folks with no money and a host of predators trying to drain their wallets in various ways, and that's why I will be supplying sound engineering tools (the best and most reliable in the business) and asking only a dollar a month, or whatever they can afford, or nothing. Musicians get an impossibly raw deal and I can no longer justify charging them for my tools at $50 a pop. You can see below that I could still be doing that, but I have to take the side of the working musician/producer. If you'd like to help, support this Patreon.

The Greatest Hits

Each month I'm over $600, I release the next one from this list (their lifetime sales are also shown). If I'm over $1000, I'll release two of these a month and it'll go twice as fast—I'll update the list accordingly.
(at $2000 a month I do three, at $3000 I drop everything else and do them all until they're done). 

$33,893 Console 4
$27,844 Iron Oxide 5
$22,445 BussColors 4
$18,996 ToTape 5
$16,996 Desk 4
$12,147 Logical 4
$10,547 ADClip 7
$7,848 NC-17
$5,348 CStrip
$5,148 ToVinyl 4
$4,849 PurestDrive
$3,749 Hard Vacuum
$3,599 NonlinearSpace
$3,449 Wider
$3,149 Righteous 4
$2,849 Energy
$2,349 VariMu
$2,099 BitGlitter
$2,099 Ditherbox
$1,899 Pop
$899 Aura
$849 Single Ended Triode
$849 OneCornerClip
$549 Noise
$499 PurestWarm
$499 Golem
$299 ElectroHat
$199 StarChild
From here on, it's in order of popularity of the plugins that remain. I'll be putting out a plugin a week, typically two from this list in a month, and here are the remaining 'Kagi' era plugins I haven't already ported. I'll also be open-sourcing the ones that have been released. Remember, this isn't all I do: the library now includes over 100 free plugins!
$1,849 DubSub
$1,849 ADT 2
$1,649 DeEss 3
$1,199 Gatelope 2
$1,099 TapeDelay
$1,099 Pafnuty
$1,049 Cojones
$1,049 PurestSquish
$1,049 Compresaturator
$899 Cabs
$649 PocketVerbs
$599 Podcast
$549 ResEQ
$149 SoftGate

Tiers
$1 (and only $1)
$1 or more per month 329 patrons
You pay $1 a month. That's $12 a year, and if enough people do it, it does add up and work out OK for me! If this is all you can do, it's much appreciated and take care of yourself first, OK? But thank you :)
$2
$1.60 or more per month 23 patrons
$2 a month, for if you don't want to do $1 a month but you're using only part of one of the plugins :)
$3
$2.57 or more per month 24 patrons
$3 a month, for if you're working your way up to 'one plugin a year' :)
$4.16 (or, $50 a year)
$3.70 or more per month 57 patrons
Pledge $4.16, and it ends up $50 a year.

My plugins sold for years at $50 each. If you could afford to buy one of them a year, and I've given you one over the last year that you'd totally pay that for, I would like you to pledge this.

$8.33 (or, $100 a year)
$7.75 or more per month 22 patrons
Pledge $8.33, and it ends up $100 a year.

If you could afford to buy two plugins from me a year, and I've given you at least two over the last year that you would totally buy, I'd welcome this pledge. In fact, it's enough of a jump that I'll offer you this:

I do various things on the internet (a custom minecraft server with my own code, a Twitch stream I'm going to make music on) and if you'd like, you can have mod status on 'em. You don't have to, but if you'd like that then just ask. I don't do much that I'm not already giving to everyone, so all I have left to give is public recognition. Let me know if you'd like the special status (it's not like a job, more like a badge of honor)

$12.49 (or, $150 a year)
$11.79 or more per month 14 patrons
Pledge $12.49, and it ends up $150 a year.

At this point it's pretty much just showing great enthusiasm. If you're down with about $12.50 a month and would have bought three of my plugins at retail prices, I won't say no. Talk to me if you want some kind of recognition for this: I've made an 'X Plugin Club' thing on the Airwindows site! 3 Plugin, 5 Plugin, etc.

$16.66 (or, $200 a year)
$16.66 or more per month 2 patrons
This would be the '4 Plugin Club', because if people want to get competitive about how hardcore they're helping me, so be it. Also, if a Patreon's doing two hundred dollar things, here's your math :)
$20.82 (or, $250 a year)
$20.82 or more per month 4 patrons
This would be the '5 Plugin Club', and at this point it seems like the only justification is 'buying sponsor advertising'. So if I get some person or entity who wants to sponsor my work this much, we're talking 'put up your name or URL literally in my Airwindows product release videos'. It'll be part of that overlay that doesn't fade in or out, talk to me about what you want to say there. Again, 'opt in', if this is even a thing.

In case anyone needs larger pledge-increments:

$300/yr, pledge $24.99

$350/yr, pledge $29.16

$50 A Week For A Year
$216.62 or more per month 0 patrons
If some crazy person insisted on paying full retail for every plugin I released over the course of a year (assuming I didn't miss a week, which in fact sometimes I do) then they'd have spent $2600 that year. This will never happen but for lulz I did the math.

If some crazy person does this, and they keep it up for a year and I put out at least 52 plugins that year (distinct releases rather than counting stereo/mono versions as two), I will get your name tattooed on me somewhere. But you have to get my 'Clipper' logo tattooed on you ;)


(if any Patreon actually does stuff worth a bill per week, here are the numbers on that. Might come in handy as Patreon's being changed into a home for people doing a LOT to better the world for free)


$5/wk, $21.66/mo, $260/yr


$10/wk, $43.33/mo, $520/yr


$20/wk, $86.66/mo, $1040/yr

Goals
$1,130 of $1,500 per month
At $1500 a month, in addition to new plugins and releasing two free plugins a month from the list, Airwindows will open source two a month of the plugins that have been released already. Preference to the popular ones first. AU and Mac/Win VST source code will be made available, MIT license.
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Hi!
I'm Chris from Airwindows, a leading company in professional audio DSP plugins since 2007. (Plugins are used in computer music applications like Logic, Cubase and many others.) Airwindows is all me, and I'm allowed to do this: I own all the rights to my code.


As of Monday, August 1st 2016, I began rereleasing my Audio Unit plugins for free as Mac AU, and Mac and Windows VST2, beginning with the newest version of the most popular one I ever wrote, Console. From now on, each new plugin and each port to VST/Windows will be free to the community. My full catalog with all 'classic versions' includes over 250 plugins. As you read this, I've already released over 60 plugins under the Patreon.

Why did you switch your entire business model to Patreon?

I have sold close to a quarter million dollars worth of plugins over the decade I've been in business and want to try something different with less crazy booms and busts (that averages a couple thousand dollars a month, so it didn't leave me rich or anything) and something that feels more honest to me. I will be doing my development work to benefit working musicians, DJs and producers. The evolution of the music business has left these folks with no money and a host of predators trying to drain their wallets in various ways, and that's why I will be supplying sound engineering tools (the best and most reliable in the business) and asking only a dollar a month, or whatever they can afford, or nothing. Musicians get an impossibly raw deal and I can no longer justify charging them for my tools at $50 a pop. You can see below that I could still be doing that, but I have to take the side of the working musician/producer. If you'd like to help, support this Patreon.

The Greatest Hits

Each month I'm over $600, I release the next one from this list (their lifetime sales are also shown). If I'm over $1000, I'll release two of these a month and it'll go twice as fast—I'll update the list accordingly.
(at $2000 a month I do three, at $3000 I drop everything else and do them all until they're done). 

$33,893 Console 4
$27,844 Iron Oxide 5
$22,445 BussColors 4
$18,996 ToTape 5
$16,996 Desk 4
$12,147 Logical 4
$10,547 ADClip 7
$7,848 NC-17
$5,348 CStrip
$5,148 ToVinyl 4
$4,849 PurestDrive
$3,749 Hard Vacuum
$3,599 NonlinearSpace
$3,449 Wider
$3,149 Righteous 4
$2,849 Energy
$2,349 VariMu
$2,099 BitGlitter
$2,099 Ditherbox
$1,899 Pop
$899 Aura
$849 Single Ended Triode
$849 OneCornerClip
$549 Noise
$499 PurestWarm
$499 Golem
$299 ElectroHat
$199 StarChild
From here on, it's in order of popularity of the plugins that remain. I'll be putting out a plugin a week, typically two from this list in a month, and here are the remaining 'Kagi' era plugins I haven't already ported. I'll also be open-sourcing the ones that have been released. Remember, this isn't all I do: the library now includes over 100 free plugins!
$1,849 DubSub
$1,849 ADT 2
$1,649 DeEss 3
$1,199 Gatelope 2
$1,099 TapeDelay
$1,099 Pafnuty
$1,049 Cojones
$1,049 PurestSquish
$1,049 Compresaturator
$899 Cabs
$649 PocketVerbs
$599 Podcast
$549 ResEQ
$149 SoftGate

Recent posts by Chris Johnson

Tiers
$1 (and only $1)
$1 or more per month 329 patrons
You pay $1 a month. That's $12 a year, and if enough people do it, it does add up and work out OK for me! If this is all you can do, it's much appreciated and take care of yourself first, OK? But thank you :)
$2
$1.60 or more per month 23 patrons
$2 a month, for if you don't want to do $1 a month but you're using only part of one of the plugins :)
$3
$2.57 or more per month 24 patrons
$3 a month, for if you're working your way up to 'one plugin a year' :)
$4.16 (or, $50 a year)
$3.70 or more per month 57 patrons
Pledge $4.16, and it ends up $50 a year.

My plugins sold for years at $50 each. If you could afford to buy one of them a year, and I've given you one over the last year that you'd totally pay that for, I would like you to pledge this.

$8.33 (or, $100 a year)
$7.75 or more per month 22 patrons
Pledge $8.33, and it ends up $100 a year.

If you could afford to buy two plugins from me a year, and I've given you at least two over the last year that you would totally buy, I'd welcome this pledge. In fact, it's enough of a jump that I'll offer you this:

I do various things on the internet (a custom minecraft server with my own code, a Twitch stream I'm going to make music on) and if you'd like, you can have mod status on 'em. You don't have to, but if you'd like that then just ask. I don't do much that I'm not already giving to everyone, so all I have left to give is public recognition. Let me know if you'd like the special status (it's not like a job, more like a badge of honor)

$12.49 (or, $150 a year)
$11.79 or more per month 14 patrons
Pledge $12.49, and it ends up $150 a year.

At this point it's pretty much just showing great enthusiasm. If you're down with about $12.50 a month and would have bought three of my plugins at retail prices, I won't say no. Talk to me if you want some kind of recognition for this: I've made an 'X Plugin Club' thing on the Airwindows site! 3 Plugin, 5 Plugin, etc.

$16.66 (or, $200 a year)
$16.66 or more per month 2 patrons
This would be the '4 Plugin Club', because if people want to get competitive about how hardcore they're helping me, so be it. Also, if a Patreon's doing two hundred dollar things, here's your math :)
$20.82 (or, $250 a year)
$20.82 or more per month 4 patrons
This would be the '5 Plugin Club', and at this point it seems like the only justification is 'buying sponsor advertising'. So if I get some person or entity who wants to sponsor my work this much, we're talking 'put up your name or URL literally in my Airwindows product release videos'. It'll be part of that overlay that doesn't fade in or out, talk to me about what you want to say there. Again, 'opt in', if this is even a thing.

In case anyone needs larger pledge-increments:

$300/yr, pledge $24.99

$350/yr, pledge $29.16

$50 A Week For A Year
$216.62 or more per month 0 patrons
If some crazy person insisted on paying full retail for every plugin I released over the course of a year (assuming I didn't miss a week, which in fact sometimes I do) then they'd have spent $2600 that year. This will never happen but for lulz I did the math.

If some crazy person does this, and they keep it up for a year and I put out at least 52 plugins that year (distinct releases rather than counting stereo/mono versions as two), I will get your name tattooed on me somewhere. But you have to get my 'Clipper' logo tattooed on you ;)


(if any Patreon actually does stuff worth a bill per week, here are the numbers on that. Might come in handy as Patreon's being changed into a home for people doing a LOT to better the world for free)


$5/wk, $21.66/mo, $260/yr


$10/wk, $43.33/mo, $520/yr


$20/wk, $86.66/mo, $1040/yr