Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
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.
One of the best !!!
What can I say? It's the real deal - used it straight away on a bass and drums mix and it just get's you to where you want to go...quickly.
Bass DI sound so much thicker
I haven't used this as much as others but it is always on the bass DI track. Adds to the low end like nothing else I've tried
Essential and intuitive
When I’m in the right mood, nuke ratio is so sweet on the drum bus. Overall, a relentlessly un-fussy compressor. Each control obeys intuition, with each knob and button doing basically what you want and expect. A true utility player. Good sound sounds.
I love this thing
I work primarily in the box with midi drums, this thing gives those little lines the power they deserve! I’ve been searching for this tone for awhile now. A must have!
It has performed, and will do so again, and again, and again.