Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
Sounds like our golden unit!
A dedicated study by UA's algorithmic circuit model experts was held over the course of six months. Our chief scientist did a complete circuit trace and component study of Dave Derr's selected golden unit. Simultaneously, the team analyzed and measured our four specimen Distressors representing the lifetime of the product to ensure one of the tightest sonic and behavioral circuit models to date, well within our goal of analog unit to unit variation. By coincidence, the golden unit had the fastest attack among the four units.
UA reached out to many famous proponents of the EL Distressor to ensure every nuanced detail of the hardware that fans have come to know and love were faithfully captured, along with feedback on their favorite digital convenience features they wanted to see included. UA's plugin product manager and QA staff scrutinized every facet of the plugin against the analog counterpart at every step along the algorithmic development path, ensuring the emulated sonics and circuit behaviors raised the bar of the UAD platform and the Empirical Labs brand. Finally, our work was then made available to Dave Derr for his own sonic verification and ultimately blessing of authentication and release approval.
The first time I engaged the demo of this, I was actually mad, because I knew that I HAD to buy it. Indispensable for the fast-attack, sleek, modern vocal sound. Excellent for dreamy, 'verbed out, spacious electric guitar. We ALL know what this does for a drum set, obviously!
The Real thing In The Box
I can not distinguish this from my real unit. Now I can use this on all my guitar tracks and make changes without committing to audio tracks. This is the plugin I use the most by far. Even just using the 1 to 1 ratio just to get the magic of running through the device it ads a lot to the character of the source. It is relatively light on resources.
You can't go wrong with you UAD
P. Mata Rodriguez
it's a must!!!
it's a plugin we should all have, excellent sound and easy to use.
The compressor for experiment
I own a real Distressor and this is a very close model. I tend to experiment with this on everything, not just a compressor, this is a shaping tool!
Nice but useless
Please add British mode!! Nowadays with all plugins emulations of opto, vca, varimu... and the powerful pro c2, the only reason to use a distressor is because it's the only one compressor which got 1176 4 buttons knee behavior with 30ms of attack and variable ratio. So please update to emulate el8x version with BRITISH MODE
Thick in your face
Really love how it does something when tracking vocals a up front in your face sound! That and the new avalon in unison mode !
Happy New Year to me
I have never used the hardware, anyway it is irrelevant to me, this pluging works wonders.
Best plugin ever
Almost identical to hardware.
You cannot go wrong with it
Distressor - Super Plugin!!!
This compressor makes drums sound immense, but is generally a very useful plugin, combining the best of Optical and FET compression types.
It is what I want!
Most aggressive compressor with versatile sound.
The best compressor plugin ever!
The best compressor plugin ever!
Good results on vocals
My go to compressor for vocals. Superb!
This thing blows me away. It's got you covered from gentle transparent compression right through to audio destruction. So close to the original unit it's ridiculous, the real Swiss Army Knife of compressors.
Set whatever you want... it works. Great Tool