Variety of Sound released the ThrillseekerXTC Mk III exciter for Windows, and it’s available for FREE from the company’s website.
The ThrillseekerXTC is a contemporary exciter built around a parallel analog equalizer.
The tagline for the plugin is “bringing mojo back,” and Variety of Sound states it’s all about “adding weight, vibe, and attitude back to the sound.” At the same time, the developer explains that the plugin takes “our hearing sensitivity into account, especially regarding the perception of audio transients, masking effects, and loudness.”
The ThrillseekerXTC has frequency boosting on three individual parallel bands, which offer pre-selected frequency ranges for the low, mid, and high-frequency spectra. The mid band also provides compression via its opto-electrical circuit.
Variety of Sound has also included a dedicated output state that adds further idiosyncrasies, as typically found in transformer-coupled tube stages.
The ThrillseekerXTC delivers the character of an analogue signal path, as well as providing a rich low-end and expressive high-end.
The main update for the Mk III version is the addition of VST3 support. Previously, the plugin was only available for VST, but now it is available in both formats.
Variety of Sound has made several other improvements, such as decoupling the EQ from the Drive and Mojo controls.
The Drive and Mojo parameters now instead control a dedicated downstream output amplifier stage.
The overall THD performance has also been improved, now providing effectively distortion-free compression in the mid-range and a silky high-end
The ThrillseekerXTC now features updated components, with two new audio transformer circuits and a new inductor-based (LC) filter network.
Additional changes are listed in the manual, which is included when you download the plugin.
Variety of Sound has a range of freeware plugins available on their download page, which you can check out here.
Note that several other plugins with Thrillseeker in the name are also on the download page, so just double-check the version you’re downloading.
Recent releases from the developer include the TesslaSE Mk II saturator and widener, ThrillseekerLA optical stereo compressor, BaxterEQ transparent mastering and mix bus shelving EQ, and the NastyDLA Mk III chorus echo with tape-delay simulation.
Download: ThrillseekerXTC Mk III (FREE)