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Customer Reviews

Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor

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E. Colvin

January 12, 2022

A Classic

I've wanted the hardware version of this classic for a long time. I finally have it from UAD and it does not disappoint. It's now my new drum buss crusher!

G. Merino

January 11, 2022


Another excellent emulation. This plugin feels natural, organic. I can’t believe that I'm not missing the hardware. Nice GUI too!

F. Bassignana

January 11, 2022


Great software replication of one of the most used compressors of the '90. A must have!

I. Pagan

January 10, 2022

The Secret weapon

Is it a secret? Love it!

J. Socia

January 9, 2022

Exactly what I was looking for.

Loving it on vocals and acoustic guitar. Holds it all together.

R. Chiga

January 9, 2022

Must Have

A must have plugin, amazing on almost everything, my new go to on drums and vocals!

M. Velásquez Pérez

January 8, 2022


One of the best UAD plugins


January 7, 2022


The distressor is just amazing. It works great with my guitar and drum tracks. Love it!!

B. Gotch

January 6, 2022


Lead vocals are full and in the front of my mixes

V. Baotić

January 6, 2022

The Ultimate Compressor

Fantastic plugin! One of the most versatile compressors, works well on anything you put it on. There is definitely a learning curve, more so than with some other compressors, but once you figure it out, there’s no going back.

W. Bekir

January 5, 2022

I can’t Distress enough!

I’m lucky enough to have used the real thing before but this is a truly remarkable emulation of the real thing. Amazing on drums and now my go to compressor for drums and percussion. Love it!

Z. Kovács

January 5, 2022


This is the best iteration of the hardware. No question. Must have.

C. Tate

January 5, 2022

Great Compressor _ My New Best Friend

I was skeptic at first thinking this was an ordinary compressor limiter. After my first use, I was wondering if it was working at all. It's so smoothed and transparent. All you need is just a little adjustment to make things stick. This compressor has now replaced my go to plugin for tube compression.

Z. Rivera

January 5, 2022

Great compressor

My go to compressor, great on everything, very versatile!!

J. Szeszel

January 5, 2022

Must have for drums and bus glue

My first choice for drums and bus glue

T. Olczyk

January 5, 2022

Distortion Mode!

Wide palette of compression coloration.

K. Jeppesen

January 5, 2022

Punchy drums

I really like the way the Distressor helps my drum bus to get a punchy and yet warm sound.

B. beckwith

January 5, 2022

Punchy and versatile

The distressor is the most versatile compressor ever made in my opinion and it just absolutely makes your drums as pumchy as they can possibly be!

G. Koukounaris

January 5, 2022

A Class!

UA nailed it!

S. Dorca

January 5, 2022

Distressor for president!

100compressors in 1. Just Amazing! even without moving knobs!!

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