Variety of Sound releases ThrillseekerLA mkII, an updated version of its limiting amplifier VST plugin for Windows.
ThrillseekerLA mkII comes ten years after the original release. The updated edition features a complete redesign of the core compression action.
ThrillseekerLA most closely evokes feelings of the venerable LA2A, but there are some key differences on the control panel. Attack and release controls are present, giving finer control over the compression, and it allows for some rather quick timings when dialed in.
Also present are a set of new coloring options for the addition of harmonics. Tube, loudness, and interstage all provide some wonderful harmonics without being too overbearing or distorted when applied. These can all be switched off as well, just allowing for the action of the compressor without any added saturation.
Two ratios are available for use, with a 3:1 allowing for gentle peak taming and 10:1 acting as a limiter.
Variety of Sound has long been a bit of a well-kept secret among Windows users, and the latest update to ThrillseekerLA is a wonderful compressor.
It is equally suited for use on individual tracks and the mix bus alike. During testing, it proved to be a lifesaver on some unruly hi-hats, tamping down spiky transients without losing the integrity or character of the sound.
Guitars and synths also proved to be easily tamed with it, providing depth and warmth while grabbing the pick attack of the guitar effortlessly.
Variety of Sound has also simplified the gain staging, with a simple drive knob and output knob controlling the input, compression, and output.
ThrillseekerLA also features a dry/wet knob, allowing for parallel compression or blending in a bit of the dry signal to get some of the original transients back on things like kicks and snares.
This marks the latest of VoS’s plugin collection to make its way to the modern day, following on the heels of FerricTDS, ThrillseekerVBL, Density, and many others.
ThrillseekerLA is available for Windows only and is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit hosts. The only format supported is VST2, so a wrapper may be necessary for hosts which only support VST3.
Download: ThrillseekerLA mkII