Tin Brook Tales released an updated version of TLS 1295 LEA, a freeware LA-2A compressor effect in VST plugin format for Windows and Linux.
So, the new year begins with a blast from the past. Tin Brook Tales released multiple freeware VST plugins in the early 2010s. These plugins weren’t really mainstream, but those in the know recommended them as some of the best freeware compressors and limiters on the market.
Unfortunately, Tin Brook Tales’ old plugins were only compatible with 32-bit VST plugin hosts on Windows. As time went on, most users switched to 64-bit Windows installations, and these old freeware gems were forgotten.
Until now, that is!
TLS 1295 LEA is a compressor plugin inspired by the LA-2A limiting amplifier, and it’s now available in 64-bit VST plugin format from Windows and Linux. In addition to the new 64-bit version, TLS 1295 LEA now also comes with an updated user interface and more features than before.
Take a closer look at TLS 1295 LEA user interface below.
Whereas the TLS 1295 LEA plugin does borrow its core functionality from the original LA-2A units, it adds numerous added features and workflow enhancements. The user can fine-tune almost every parameter, from the envelope timing and saturation level to the side-chain high-pass filter and dry/wet mix levels.
The plugin also features a gain reduction meter, a clipping indicator, copy/paste functionality, A/B testing, and built-in MIDI learn. Select any parameter and assign a MIDI CC to it.
TLS 1295 LEA is one of the best freeware compressor plugins around. If you liked Molotok by Tokyo Dawn Records, consider adding TLS 1295 LEA to your plugin arsenal. These two compressors complement each other rather well.
Check out the official TLS 1295 LEA demo video below.
TLS 1295 LEA is available for free download from the developer’s DropBox account. However, I’m linking to the KVR Audio forum thread where you can find the download link and more information about the plugin.
At the moment, only TLS 1295 LEA was updated with a 64-bit version for Windows. Here’s hoping that some other Tin Brook Tales will get the same treatment later this year.
More info: Tin Brook Tales (240 KB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows & Linux)