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Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor

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G. Fricke

September 20, 2022

Cleaner Vocals

The EL8 has been a nice addition to the signal chain creating cleaner vocals that require fewer takes and really help in the overall mix.

I. Inkilä

September 15, 2022

This thing is becoming my favourite compressor

It's very versatile and simply kills on vocals, the detection and colour features are great tools and the GUI is pleasing to look at. It also has a very good sound when automated to destroy tracks for more experimental sounds. Great addition to your arsenal, easy to use and sounds great. Simply a must have.

P. Raebiger

July 28, 2022

simple a very good one

Put the distressor on your vocals or parallel to your drums or what ever you want. Some tweaks and it sounds amazing good with character and weight. How it was mentioned: simple a very good one. Enjoy it!

c. jinho

July 23, 2022


best classic comp

I. Papagiannidis

July 18, 2022

Best for drums bass!!

Favorite one for drums and bass! A classic! Best tool for mixing!

L. Bates

July 17, 2022


I've put off getting it for 2 years and now i have it i have a crush on my drums))

C. Klutts

July 14, 2022


This things adds the nasty with just a few twists but is also capable of subtle compression.

I. Kravchenko

July 14, 2022


Super versatile and great sound!

M. Peak

July 11, 2022

I Keep Coming Back to the EL8

The main strength of the Distressor is how fast it is. Even on a 2:1 ratio, the attack and release times make it quick and smooth, especially for vocals. I've also used it as hard limiter. Add to this its detection and color features (such as distortion) and it is a great go-to compressor.

M. Verblakt

July 8, 2022


Just like the hardware units. Put it on drumbus and Bam!

e. rydberg

July 2, 2022

Just like the hardware

I own a pair of EL-8X's. Now I can slap several of these on my mix without having to do the hybrid setup thing a few at a time to find the blended sound I want. thumbs up.

J. Bullard

July 1, 2022

Toolbox Staple

A must have in your arsenal, especially for drum parallel compression...distression*

S. Ramsay

July 1, 2022

Such a vibe

Added this to a track to try give it a bit of extra vibe and life. Works very well on drums and vocals. Have used on rhythm guitar bus tracks to make the stereo width sound fuller too. Love it, hopefully a UADx variant soon :)

E. Ananda

June 23, 2022

No explanation needed

There's a reason everyone loves this unit. and this plugin delivers it. so so good!

K. Beleznay

June 22, 2022

Perfect sound

good plugin! hot sound!

T. Young

June 18, 2022

Recently purchased and already loving it on my mixes.
UA has the best plug-ins

R. Bond

June 17, 2022

If you could only have one

Demo this plugin on my drum buss using a preset with a little adjustment I stop the song and immediately purchased this plugin!!!!!!!

O. Viamontes

June 17, 2022

Great for tracking

Just finished tracking vocals without the need of a preamp, thanks to the distortion modes… thanks UA

F. Mico

June 13, 2022



J. Wade

May 27, 2022


A must have!

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