introducing ThrillseekerLA

ThrillseekerLA – digital stereo leveling amplifier with truly analog qualities.

At a glance

  • Sophisticated and deep gain riding full of musical character and attitude but with virtually no inter-modulation (IM) distortion artifacts
  • Feedback compression design w/o any samplerate based delay in the loop
  • Classic input level driven two knob design with additional manual attack and release time interventions
  • Highly program dependent envelope timing adoption offering attack times ranging from “instantaneously” up to around 100ms and release times from 30ms up to several seconds
  • Mix level switch to adopt the plug-ins internal gain staging to mixing levels at around -18dBFS
  • Custom SC filter option to attenuate the SC bass response while slightly boosting the HF spectrum
  • Additional one pole (6dB per octave) SC low-cut filter adjustable from 20 to 500Hz
  • External sidechain support
  • Switchable Input/GR/Output metering display
  • Variable compression range control from 0 to 100%

I’m bringing sexy back

ThrillseekerLA not only introduces way smooth gain riding capabilities but first and foremost features a non-linear amplifier stage which is based on a non-linearity with memory yielding creamy signal coloration duties:

  • Custom algorithms based on a true stateful non-linear saturation model
  • Compression and load dependent 2nd order harmonic distortion generation
  • Controllable odd order total harmonic distortion generation
  • Six individual preset distortion profiles offering different tonal qualities like warmth and top-end sheen or simply improved depth perception
  • Authentic audio transformer simulation including typical LF distortions as well as frequency and load dependent analog circuit effects


  • Requires Win32 compatible system with SSE2 (or higher) instruction set support
  • Tested and known to work in many VST compatible hosts
  • Advanced DSP processing
  • Assembler optimized audio engine


  • ThrillseekerLA will be released in Q1/2012 under a freeware license

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  1. Whoo!

  2. can’t wait to try this. looking forward for some samples and snapshots!

  3. 🙂

  4. this sounds amazing. Thank you for your ongoing effort to bring magnificent plugin 😀
    Can’t wait to try this baby!

  5. Oh man… you are really really great. Thanks for the wonderful tool that you so generously offer for free.

  6. C’mon Bootsie!

    Show us the pic, we already know most of this!

  7. ñam ñam ñam 😀

  8. The wait is always worth it, always.

  9. Audiogeek says:

    Oh yes baby, do it to me! Knock my bootsy!

  10. Looking forward to get another surely wonderful vst.

  11. Great! Can’t wait! Thank you so much! I really love your stuff!

  12. the specs are looking amazing

  13. jansonluedtke says:

    Pics or it didnt happen.

  14. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry…

  15. I’m going crazy right now!!!

  16. I sure hope this will be the first truly useable, non-harsh ITB harmonic distortion.

    Will we be able to use this plug for it’s saturation features only, without (or with very little) compression?

  17. awesome,thank you!!!

  18. cant wait.. 🙂 … Thanks Bootsy.. Cheers..

  19. Yaaay!!!
    I’m so curious! Sounds as this will be another all-time-favourite in my plugin rack! Love Your plugs!

  20. damn, i miss read your email and thought you were releasing it today and came flying over here to grab it and..doh! I hat it when that happens, esp with fabulous products like yours!

    OK, I’m better now. The specs sound just right. I’m particularly interested in hearing how clearing up the inter-rmodulation distortion will help the overall sound. As always, great things are just worth waiting for.


  21. Harerton Dourado says:

    We have a “Fairchild” style compressor, now we’ll have a “LA” style one… next release could be something “1176” style!

  22. Bring em big knobs!

  23. How’s the ThrillseekerLA coming along? I can’t wait to try it out. I have a mix standing by, ready to test ThrillseekerLA against other plug-ins that claim to have analog qualities (e.g. UAD).

    For me, finding a plug in that emulates harmonic distortion without sounding like it just adds a disconnected layer of washed-out “hash” to a signal, is like finding the holy grail. Maybe ThrillseekerLA will be the one.

  24. It’s gettin’hot in here…

  25. Coming Patrick you owe us a knob.

    All we are asking for is a freaking knob!! 😀

  26. Is there an ETA on the release of Thrillseeker?


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