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Customer Reviews

Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor

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M. Fletcher

November 21, 2017

A wonderful compressor

Fabulous sound, great emulation, so glad it has a wet/dry knob would be so much harder to use without it. Can be extremely powerful like a cartoon version of a compressor but also adds very nice glue at lower amounts of mix and 2:1 and 3:1 on the master. Just annoyed it's another mindblowingly good plug I'm having to buy. UAD are hitting homerun after homerun at the moment.

W. Taylor

November 18, 2017

Distressor vs Distressor

I have 2 hardware distressors. In my study, I find the UAD plug-in to be great, but it is brighter. One of the big things I try to work on in digital recording is smoothing that high end, 'rounding' things out so to speak. My hardware units have more of 'that sound' when I track/mix through them.

W. Taylor

November 18, 2017

UAD Distressor and Hardware Distressor

I have a pair of hardware distressors. In just initially comparing a vocal through the hardware/UAD, I could not discern any difference. ( I had identical microphones, identical preamps, set hardware comp/UAD comp identically and compared). However, when I did a similar test with a kick drum, recorded the results and listened back n forth, I could hear a difference. To my ears the UAD distressor sounds great but it is a little 'brighter' than my hardware. I guess it's a matter of taste. If you just buy the distressor and have never had the hardware, you're getting a great compressor. If you have a hardware unit and are used to the sound of it, you might hear differences. One thing I'm really glad with the UAD version is all the presets that come from various engineers. It's great to be able to try them out on the UAD but also to be able to try out all those different settings on the hardware as well.

L. Walker

November 18, 2017

So, Dave, you're saying this is better than your own Arouser v2?

I doubt they differ by much, if at all. But having a distressor plugin available for tracking still makes this compelling, and the reason why I purchased it. I'll do a comparison of all the distressor plugins from UAD, Empirical Labs, Slate, Sknote, but who really cares which one sounds closest to the hardware? How does the plugin sound and is it useful? Again, having one for tracking gives the UAD version another BIG use.


November 17, 2017

Il est enfin arrivé

je suis impressionné par le caractère de ce compresseur légendaire. Son cousin Fatso jr/sr complètera à merveille ce trio de choc.
Je le recommande vivement.

V. van Tiel

November 17, 2017


This one is massive! It sounds amazing. And I love the GUI. It's really easy to dial in the right settings. Love it!

J. Moreland

November 16, 2017

As good as it gets

This is really the first compressor emulation UA makes who’s sound I’m intimately familiar with - and I must say, you kids friggin’ nailed it. Oh God, this thing sounds beautiful. So, the good news - I’m buying this thing - like, right now. The bad news - well, this is likely the last compressor I’ll buy from UA (or anywhere else), as I’m unlikely to find a better sounding, more flexible comp. And the wet/dry mix feature… well, I’m getting a little misty eyed just thinking about it. Thank you so very much.

f. rotthier

November 16, 2017

instant great sound on kick & snare

just tried it really quickly on kick and snare and it sounded great! I think I made the right decision not buying the Arouser or Slate FG-Stress. Hope this one goes on sale on Black friday next week!

S. Noti

November 15, 2017


Smooth, warm and has a wet knob. What else can you ask for!

R. Howard

November 15, 2017


It's the best Distressor emulation on the market sounds like the hardware.. Thanks UA you the best lol , yall got me spending to much money lol


November 15, 2017


Distressor has finally arrived, and it's awesome!

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