next level saturation experience & still missing VoS plugins

The magic is where the transient happens.

Since a year or so I’m not just updating my audio plugin catalog but also focusing on bringing the original Stateful Saturation approach to the next level. That concept was already introduced 2010, embracing the fact that most analog circuit saturation affairs are not static but a frequency and load dependent matter which can be best modeled by describing a system state – hence the name Stateful Saturation.

The updated 2022 revision is now in place and got further refined regarding the handling of audio transient states while reducing audible distortions at the same time. It further blurs the line between compression and saturation and also takes aural perception based effects into account. This was profoundly influenced by working with audio exciters over the recent years but also by deep diving further into the field of psychoacoustics.

This important update was also the reason why I actually did hold back some of the plugin updates, namely TesslaPRO and the Thrillseeker compressors since they heavily rely on that framework. Meanwhile, TesslaPRO has been rewritten based on the framework update already and will be released early September. ThrillseekerLA and VBL are in the making and scheduled for Q4.


  1. eheheheheh right on spot! THANKS that’s awesome news!

  2. Ohh VBL Is coming!!!!!! Thanks!!!

  3. Thank you so much for your hard work!

  4. Very much looking forward to those.
    The current Tesla model is absolutely magic.
    And whatever model is inside bootEQ3 is also seeing allot of use in my professional work. It surprised me as I didn’t like the sound of the mk2.
    Thankyou so much for your hard work Herb I truly believe you have one of the faithful simulations of analog saturation on the market. I’ve been professional for 15 years now and to this day I think only slate and uad are close.

  5. Mensch!!! Das ist MEGA!!! Sehr gute Nachrichten.

  6. stateofepicicity says:

    It’s been wonderful to see you get back to this work in general, but this is icing on the cake. Thanks so much for your excellent creations.

  7. From the description, it sounds just peachy. Looking forward to the releases.

  8. Thank you very much, looking forward to it!

  9. Martin Guldberg says:

    These are exiting news! I already am a fan of the ways you have implemented your Stateful Saturation into the VOS plugins. The new versions and the coming versions with further refinements are a great treat! Thanks!

  10. I’ve been using Thrillseeker regularly… a new version/update? OK!!

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