Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
Great sounding plugin
This plugin really shines on everything. When I use it on vocals it does not flatten transients even at high gain reduction and the best of it is that it sounds great. Highly recommended.
Great for the toolkit
Excellent compressor that has a really wide range of uses, compression can be gentle or extreme, and I often use it with no compression, sending my tracks through the dist settings. Sounds great!
I've used the demo of this plug in a while ago and I've been wanting it for a long time. I finally pulled the trigger and I will never look back. Im very pleased and so are my clients. This is a must have for any chain.
Great! Just slap it on and it always sounds better!
So far so good it brings life to your Mix this plugin is Magical.. See for your self!!!!!
Identical to the hardware unit
I finally own it!
The Distressor has been on my list of must own plugins. It’s been great for tracking vocals and acoustic guitars. I finally purchased it last week and it will be used on every session.
Great emulation of an essential tool
What more can you say?
The flexibility of being able to run multiple Distressors with fast easy routing is a dream come true.
Really annoyed. I paid £200 for this a week ago and now it’s on sale for £91!
I have the hardware version of the Distressor, but only a single unit. When I started incorporating a Brauer style template within my mixes I was struck by how wonderful it is to be able to utilize it in stereo while mixing. I worked the demo periods and resets to my advantage for awhile trying desperately to avoid buying this thing since I have a HW unit. Alas, I am only human and this plug has me in its throes.
The Classic for my Vocals
After using this classic compressor as hardware gear for so many years for my vocals in our Primal Fear mixes in the past, it was a must for me to purchase it as a PlugIn! What can I say, it was all worth it as the emulation really is very close to the hardware gear. As a matter of fact it hast crashed twice today but I hope this happened only randomly.
Adds a great deal of punch to your mix!! A must have!!
Drum bus and vocals
Makes my drums come out of the mix very well and I didn't expect to use it on vocals so much. Love it!
Needs more practise using this, but already I'm lovin- it!
Great on so many things
What can you say about this compressor except that it is great on so many things. Feels just like using the real thing too. Love it.
This plugin is doing really great job, my music sounds more punchy when I have Distressor in it. Thank you
I owned the EL8-X for years and sold it to invest in the UAD platform and I am pretty impressed with this compressor emulation. I used the distressor for tracking all the time on vocals and it’s amazing and this works just as good!
It IS a Distressor
It sounds and behaves exactly like the hardware. It actually sounds way better than the Empirical Labs Arouser. Worth every penny!
Distressor is fantastic!
Works great on just about anything! Truly my most versatile compressor. This is a beast of a plugin that really is a workhorse for me. Makes me wonder how I got by without it!
Fantastic emulation of the hardware unit! This thing rocks!
I love what this thing does to drums, guitars, bass, gritty vocals and busses! Sounds and responds exactly how I remember the hardware does.