Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
The Swiss Knife of Compressors
This is probably my most used compressors at the time. Perfect to: add character and punch on drums; soften and warming synth; create biting basses; using in a parallel bus to add life at whatever you want.
I love it
This thing rules
Extremely close to the analog gear. Hard to tell it isn’t.
Got this with a coupon
Now that I have it, I think I'd pay full price if I had to. Thank god I dont. This thing is awesome though
Heard so much about this plugin and glad I am able to pick it up and check out myself. Gets the job done well.
Still learning, but wow!
I've mostly worked with 1176 style compressors but have always heard about the popularity of the Distressor. I bought it on sale with a coupon for an irresistible price. I love the fat and juicy sound of it on the drum bus, it creates a perceivable WEIGHT to any track. All the ratios sound great (loving the opto and nuke) and the attack/release knob can be used to really open up the transients. Easy parallel compression knob to balance which is very useful. My favourite feature is the distortion 2 & 3, helps to add some tape-like character and grit without having to load another plugin. I'm looking forward to using the distressor on bass, vocals, and everything else soon!
Best high end compressor
I never had the original hardware but this plugin has a warm sound and gives a very nice color to my synths. A must have compressor.
Sometimes its just hard to believe how amazing it sounds/works/reacts/etc.
Never owned a real analog piece nor have i ever had an analog compressor to work with, but this thing just works, it does its job, simple and effective. Plus, you know its a saturator as well, so you get plenty of color if desired.
M. Clark II
This is probably my favorite compressor right now. I recommend you get this regardless of the genre of music you do.
Excellent emulation of the analog machine.
Excellent emulation of the analog machine. UAD as always excellent at creating plug-ins faithful to the original machines! Personally I think it is the best on the market.
As always UAD is at the Top !!!
Must have compressor
This is an awesome compressor to own. It sounds amazing. Worth every penny.
I've wanted the hardware version of this classic for a long time. I finally have it from UAD and it does not disappoint. It's now my new drum buss crusher!
Another excellent emulation. This plugin feels natural, organic. I can’t believe that I'm not missing the hardware. Nice GUI too!
Great software replication of one of the most used compressors of the '90. A must have!
The Secret weapon
Is it a secret? Love it!
Exactly what I was looking for.
Loving it on vocals and acoustic guitar. Holds it all together.
A must have plugin, amazing on almost everything, my new go to on drums and vocals!
M. Velásquez Pérez
One of the best UAD plugins
The distressor is just amazing. It works great with my guitar and drum tracks. Love it!!
Lead vocals are full and in the front of my mixes