Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
It’s pretty simple. If someone asked me what the best software compressor available was, I’d have to say the UA Distressor. Name a better compressor in the box. You can’t.
It´s a swiss knife compressor. Everything is fatter and wider by using this Plug-In.
It´s a swiss knife compressor. Everything is fatter and wider by using this Plug-Ing.
Distressor is my only outboard piece of gear. Been using it for years. Now with the plug and being able to use it on multiple tracks is an absolute dream come true.
I say this with no hyperbole: I have been waiting for this plugin for years. Thank you, UAD. It's perfect. (And the wet/dry knob is just a fantastic addition)
Distressor to go
I wanted to gig with a distressor using mainly for lead vocals in a live front-of-house situation; and in conjunction with an apollo twin it even fit's into your backpack.
Grit and cream to perfection
What a beautiful plugin, UA. Again, you provide us with the magic we need to weave beautiful spells with our sound. Thank you!!
A real Distressor inside the box
I’m a big fan of the Distressor, this plug-in is mind blowing how it gives you the same sound as the hardware... as usual I have no words thank you UAD
Ahh this thing sounds like the hardware. Don't tell anyone.
I love my analog Distressor, and once again UAD nails it with their digital version.
In the pocket
I first experienced the Empirical Distressor Hardware at Prince's Paisley Park studios and immediately put this plugin in my wishlist. When I plugged this in on my lead vocals, the focus and warm was just like the studio! I threw all other compressors out! Even on my vocal buss, all the voices were in your face and I could still dial in the dynamics. Love it!
Another great UAD plug in
Very nice plugin. Makes the instrument stand out
UAD are the best! Period
I'm using it on drums and bass and made my mix a day and night difference ! Compared it to the real thing and it's very difficult to differentiate.
Thank you UAD team for this great plug in.
Delicious distortion, sound that comes out earlier, this has both.
Better Than The Hardware
I never really loved the Distressor, I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m better at dialing in tones now, but with the wet/dry mix knob, I can dial in the exact tone I want. Great for drum close mics and vocals. No British mode but maybe in a future version.
One of the best!
Thats the comp i use most of the times. It works great on everything and it has an unbeatable "sound".
Awesome Sound Machine!
Works with everything.. from vocals to guitars, synths, drums.. from subtle to extreme. Great compression and great distortion.
Will THE REAL DISTRESSOR PLEASE.....
I have been using the Slate version and after hearing the real difference at Conway, I bought it! Now after using it I notice an even bigger difference. It's a smoother warmer distortion. BEST PLUG OF THE YEAR! Thanks Again UAD! Note: This is how we made the kicks mixed with sinewaves sound so killer. The kids call 'em 808s and 909s. I bought my Roland 808 Drum Machine for 50 bucks at a pawn shop in the 80s. I sampled it to DAT and sold it in the LA RECYCLER for 1500. Still have the Tape. - Gilroy
The majority of my career has been on analog desks mixing with outboard gear. It's only been the last couple years I've been moving to a more hybrid mixing setup. The Distressor is one of my "go to" boxes for several pieces of the mix. I was really missing not having the distressor working "in the box". Finally I can use the same settings as the real box and have it translate into exactly what I get from the hardware. Thanks UA!
Great comp for guitar
Works well with guitar, transparent to smashing the signal.
Modern day 1176
Beast!! Sounds great on almost anything. This hands down is a must have if you want you mix to stand out.