Empirical Labs Distressor EL8

1.958,99 1.619,00+VAT

Single-channel Analog Distressor with Harmonic Distortion
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The Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 is a unique analog compressor that allows the user to add 2nd or 3rd order harmonic distortion to the signal, emulating tape saturation and the classic tube compressor sound of the ’60’s and ’70’s. The Distressor also offers advanced sidechain EQ, eight unique curves and Empirical Labs’ exclusive “Binary Stepped Interface” providing hundreds of options with just a few control settings.

Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 Features:

  • Classic “knee” compression with modern specs and performance
  • Programmable analog distortion warms up unforgiving digital recordings
  • Three audio modes: user-programmable, vintage-style harmonic distortion
  • Clean and Distort 2 modes: tube-like, 2nd-order harmonics
  • Distort 3 modes: distortion dominated by 3rd-order harmonics (similar to tape)
  • Distortion indicator lights: 1% LED, “Redline” (3%) LED; hard clipping starts a few dB past “Redline”
  • Advanced sidechain EQ: high-mid band emphasis tames harsh, edgy signals; highpass keeps the low sum/difference frequencies from pumping source material’s upper frequencies
  • Eight unique curves, starting with 1:1 with low-order harmonics but no compression
  • “Nuke” setting is a brick-wall limiting curve — great for drum room mics
  • 10:1 Opto setting employs separate detector circuitry to emulate classic “light-controlled” compressors
  • Discrete and integrated circuitry for the best combination of speed/linearity with repeatability
  • Hand-selected and tested long-life components, including all-metal film and Roederstein resistors in audio path
  • Large knobs with high-resolution numbering for easy readability and repeatable settings
  • Locked and calibrated output level for confident, speedy setups
  • Switchable 115/230 volt operation with extra fuse stored inside unit
  • Over-designed power supply runs cool, allows for sealed cabinet without heat vents
  • True bypass for confident A/B comparisons
  • XLR and 1/4″ I/O; stereo linkable
  • Hand-wired and calibrated in USA

Available too EL8 X with British Mode & Image link or EL8 X/S Stereo pair.

Additional information

Weight 10 kg