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ThrillseekerVBL – Vintage Broadcast Limiter - is an emulation of a "vintage broadcast limiter" following the classic Variable-Mu design principles from the early 1950's. They were used to prevent audio overshoots by managing sudden signals changes. From today's perspective, and compared to brickwall limiters, they are rather slow and should be seen as more of a gain structure leveler, but they still are shining when it comes to perform gain riding in a very musical fashion – they have warmth and mojo written all over.
Thrillseeker VBL is a "modded" version, which not only has the classic gain reduction controls but also grants detailed access to the amount and appearance of harmonic tube amplifier distortion occurring in the analog tube circuit. Applied in subtle doses, this dials in that analog magic we often miss when working in the digital domain, but you can also overdrive the circuit to have more obvious but still musical sounding harmonic distortion (and according side-effects) for use as a creative effect.
On top, Thrillseeker VBL offers an incredibly authentic audio transformer simulation which not only models the typical low-end harmonic distortion but also all the frequency and load dependent subtleties occurring in a transformer coupled tube circuit, and which add up to that typical mojo we know from the analog classics. This would not have been possible with plain waveshaping techniques but has been realized with my innovative Stateful Saturation approach, making it possible to model circuits having a (short) sort of memory.
Reviewed By ThePresent
January 30, 2014
The VBL is a fantastic Vst. I use it to give my tracks colour whenever I feel they lack some character. And most of the times, VBL delivers the colour I want. Guitars, bass, drumbus!!! and even piano benefit from the great variety of tones that come from this baby. I also used in the mastering chain lately, giving my track an edge so it sounded the way I liked it. And that is the purpose of having something in your signalpath isn't it? It has to be there for a reason.
Insert the Vst, go happy with the input level, the amp level, dial in some brilliance, focus the effect on just the higher frequencies, dial in whatever you want. You will likeley discover a colour that you like.Read more