UAD Plug-Ins Manual .. Each functional area has a separate manual file. The Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in provides all the features . This entry was posted in. Bookmark the permalink. Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor. About. Sonic Circus knows vintage and contemporary audio equipment. That manual is also a great resource on compression in general. I bet I’ve read Y’all got a manual with your Distressors? Empirical Labs.

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This is due to unique left and right ambient envelopes widening the stereo image. For ADAT’s try 6 to 7 output level. The LED’s above the switch will cycle through eight states.


The more you crank the input knob, the harder you’re compressing and the more gain reduction you’re going to get. Basic Wiring Wiring is straightforward. This setting is intended to evoke and extremely fast, aggressive compression characteristic similar to the classic “all buttons in” trick. Time constants – Attack range 50uS – 30mS. It is usually best to match all front. You could put the side without the L.

It’s really that good. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Empiriical are three additional modes that affect the detector part of this unit. I’m sorry to gush here, if you’ve read my other reviews then you know I like to stay pretty balanced and critical even on gear that I really like because, as I say, you can suss out the pro’s and con’s of anything no matter how good, but the Distressor sonic abilities really are a 10 out of 10 didtressor my book.

Log in Become a member. The output phone jack tip is wired to pin 2 of the XLR out, and therefore is in phase with that pin. View other reviews for this product: Empirical Labs – Something old, Something new Once you get the hang of how the compressor and filters handle, you really can’t go wrong with this unit in terms of sonics.


The Distressor e,pirical a modern digitally controlled analog device that attempts to offer some of the “musical non-linearities” exhibited by the older tube, class A discrete, and magnetic tape mediums. In fact, you can put entirely different audio into the Stereo Link input that will affect the.

Then put the unit into link to further affect the. I ejpirical that the knobs are large and easy to read, with hash marks that make it easy to recall settings as tight as half a tenth of a point. If you want a classic DBX-ish sounding comp characteristic, try 6: The last feature to discuss on the EL-8X model is the special “Brit Mode,” selectable by a toggle switch on the front panel. Don’t show me this message again.

Always unplug unit before removing cover! However, unlike most units, the user. This was done to provide an easy to set, yet versatile group of curves. However, the Distressor will be un-harmed if you temporarily short an. The actual audio you finally hear is not passed through this circuitry, only adjusted by it. Sometimes for room mics, keeping the units unlinked actually makes them sound more stereo.

Therefore if you only use only pin 2 on your output cable, leave pin 3 floating unconnected and vice-versa. Everything else about the Distressors is just as I like it and I never go wanting otherwise.

Basic wiring, Stereo operation, Distressor “pet” tricks – Empirical Labs EL-8 User Manual

Likewise, the attack and ratio knobs do not have the usual markings in seconds and milliseconds, but instead arbitrary numbering from 0 to In fact, you can put entirely different audio into the Stereo Empiricl input that will affect the main audio coming out, but not be heard itself. In order of occurrence: If you’ve used other EL gear, the Distressor’s front panel layout should be familiar if you haven’t, you’ll want to spend some time getting the hang of how they do things.


The Brit mode is, in my opinion, of limited use. Both empiricak jacks are differential but at the output, only the XLR is differential balanced.

The power cord connection is a detachable IEC socket and of course standard power cords are included. You also get true Bypass selectable with a pushbutton switch on the distrrssor panel. Write a user review Ask for a user review. Unit shown with all. This is what makes these units truly general purpose, and indeed, I have yet to encounter any signal source that the Distressor simply couldn’t flatter!

A user can therefore make XLR pin two or three hot in relation to the phone jacks. Release goes up to 20 seconds in Images linked to this review. If you want a good, enpirical characteristic that can still push things forward a little, 4: The sidechain must not have appreciable delay nor be out of phase since the “link” signal gets mixed back in with the normal detector signal and the delay would cause “combing” of the frequency response, resulting in irrational compression behavior.

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