I have searched everywhere to try to find out how to extract the .ny effect files so I can use them in Audacity. Where do i find this ZIP archive to extract the nyquest files from? I downloaded Audacity off the Ubuntu software center.
Which Nyquist files are you trying to extract? What is the version number of Audacity at Help > About Audacity ?
There is no need to extract the Nyquist effects that are already shipped with Audacity. Look underneath the divider in the Audacity Effect Menu (in “Plugins 1 to…”).
Other Nyquist plug-ins are listed on http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Download_Nyquist_Plug-ins. If you download a zip from there, extract the files as you would any other zip on Ubuntu. Right-click over the zip in your favourite file explorer and choose the application to perform the extraction.
Or on http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Download_Nyquist_Plug-ins, right-click over the “View” link for the required plug-in and download the “ny” file as it is.
Please see this FAQ for the correct locations to install .NY Nyquist plug-ins.