Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
I’ve always wanted to analog version of this and to now have it! Perfection! Once again y’all knocked it out the park!
My go-to compressor for Drums and vocals.Worth every penny!
Seen a lot of guys on YouTube recommending use it on a few vocals it’s ok but I expected more
Great on drums, vocals, and grand piano
Use it with my LA2A between dry and comp for parallel compression sounds great in my DAW
Just as good as my rack mounted EL8's...
Wonderful and versatile
This is a great compressor. It can be used very effectively on any source material. Drums (oh yeah) vocals (definitely) bass, guitar, synth etc. it’s like a fully customizable 1176 and la2a in one box. Bottom line it sounds fantastic.
I have got a great work experience with the distressor, getting to control my dynamic signals range to another level and and many other functionalities because of the versatility of this processor... thanks
not expecting such a useful compressor, details that are so helpful - my new favorite product from you folks - actually, I really love all the gear that you have come up with that I've got.
EL8 Distressor is simply amazing! This plugin brings the magic of the Distressor hardware unit into the digital realm. The sound is truly authentic, and the distortion and compression options are outstanding. It allows me to add warmth and character to my recordings, whether it's a solo instrument or an entire mix. The user interface is intuitive and easy to use. EL8 Distressor has become an essential tool in my production, and I can't imagine working without it. Simply incredible!"
Fantastic Emulation .Good
I use it on my main tracks. Definitely one of the best plugins to have!
The one to beat
This is hands down one of my most used compressors in my collection. It can work on almost everything you slap it on and even for livestream's it is always on my master bus so i dont clip and get very versatile and transparent compression.
Rich and Versatile
The EL8 rocks! Rich, warm tone and versatile options make it useful on a wide range of instruments and situations. It is a cornerstone in my primary DAW templates.
I thought it will be great, but maaaan!!! :)))
Was bummed when I sold my hardware Distressor a few years back, but now I’m STOKED to have this! It’s one of the best plugins I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot. Just buy it.
DO NOT BUY FROM UA
DO NOT BUY FROM UA. THEY OVER CHARGE THEY ARE OVER PRICED AND DO NOT OFFER ANY REAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT. I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE. THEY WILL ONLY TALK TO YOU THROUGH AN EMAIL CHAIN WHICH IS BEYOD DISBELIEF CONSIDERING HOW MUCH THEY CHARGE. OVER A MONTH NOW AND THEY STILL CANT FIGURE OUT WHY MY CONSOLE ISNT WORKING. PATHETIC IF YOU ASK ME.
Excellent compression for drums and heavy guitars
Love using this on rhythm guitar and drums to give it some extra drive and compression.
Fantastic Emulation For a Ton of Uses
I've always been hesitant to try the distressor because my instinct was that it did approximately what other compressors did, just not as well. If I have emulations for optical compressors and FET compressors, why would I want a distressor? I was very wrong. This is such a unique design and the utility of it is incredible. I find myself reaching for it way more often than I ever thought I would. Fantastic tone & compression
So much like the hardware.
I have two Distressors and now I feel like I have 20.
I have never used the real thing, but this plugin definitely sounds more expensive than its price tag. If you’re worried about it not sounding identical to the real thing (who’s to say it doesn’t?), then just pretend it’s called something else and BAM you have an amazing new, high-quality compressor/saturator! You can find a place for this thing pretty much anywhere. 10/10 would recommend.