Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or create an account.
Replaced my hardware
REALLY close to my hardware piece that I was selling off IF it worked on the Unison side. It does!! I can also run 10 instances with additional my satellite quo and quad interfaces!
I use the real thing all the time for vocals. But not anymore, this plugin nails the sound.
Great on drums, vocals & bass guitar
Not close enough to the hardware
Attack phase sounds so much better on the actual hardware unit. Especially obvious on drums
My Favorite compressor!
Thank you, I love it!
Sounds so similar to the real deal that I can’t hear any difference! And it’s easier to use as well...
Perfect for drums and vocals
The best emulation you can get. Sounds fantastic on drums and vocals, use it in every project.
Big, fat and awesome...
Truly makes my mixes sound larger than life.
Great tones and dirt come out of this plugin with ease!
master of compression!!!!
if you know the original hardware, you can understanding what I mean!
Swiss army knife of comps
After demo'ing it and reading many reviews I finally bought it. It's a great investment.
I produce my own music, which is metal, and the distressor is used everywhere. It's the only compressor I like on my vocals.
Butter those bass lines into submission
Drums / Bass buss glue on every project from now on. Fantastic.
My new go-to comp
For quite some time I had a feeling that I'm missing a really good comp in my mixing chain. Previously I was using Waves H-comp ("character" compression) and C1 ("transparent" compression), then I started demoing some comps from UA. Distressor is the one that made my things (mainly vocals) really shine. You can make it characterful, you can make it transparent and gentle, in case anything is missing, you can always go to something else, like 1176 or LA-2A.
And yes, I'm a UAD acolyte, the only non-UAD things in my mixing chain for now are FabFilter Q-3 and iZotope RX tools, because UAD simply beats everything I tried.
My Favorite Plugin
I love this plugin on kicks! It's Like Magic to me! But I use it for other stuff as well! Amazing!!!
To be honest I was looking to get a hardware unit of the distressor but then a friend of mine invited me to his Studio to try out this uad plug-in. So we did that a b comparison and I honestly can say it was so close this comparison right here actually had me go and get the Apollo twin quad core. Enough said I have beat around the bush for years on uad not anymore.
Yes, VCA at it´s best
The better 1176.
Very wide usablility. Nuke is not All-button-mode of 1176.
Outstanding is an overused word
... but if you want a compressor that will make your drums pop and pump, this is the one.
Sometimes I wonder how the audio world survived all those years without Distressor!
I own the real thing and use it every day. The plugin is okay, but when pushed hard (which is kinda the point of the distressed portion of this box), it starts to show. Not overly impressed with one compared to say the LA2A collection. Decent, but the gift of the hardware is that it stays quite invisible unless you don't want it to (whereas the software version feels more heavy-handed).