Empirical Labs Distressor EL8
Empirical Labs Distressor EL8

Distressor EL8, Studio compressor from Empirical Labs.

vinc13 10/04/2008

Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 : vinc13's user review


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Digitally controlled analog compressor:

Frequency Response: 2 Hz to 160 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB). Response IS shaped in distortion modes (Dist 2, Dist 3).
Dynamic Range 110 dB from maximum output to minimum output in 1:1 mode. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise in distort 3 mode.
Distortion Range: .02% to 20% DEPENDING ON distortion mode and release times set on front panel.
DC Coupled Output High quality input caps.
Input Impedance: 20K Ohms
Output Impedance: <75 ohms
Time Constants:
- Attack Range: 50US - 50mS.
- Release Range: .05 sec to 3.5 seconds, normal modes and up to 20 seconds in 10:1 opto mode.
Time constant ratio are dependent on.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 1.75 x 19 x 10 in.
Shipping Weight: 11.25 lbs.


- The general configuration is it simple?

A simple and a complex. Because a single knob for input, attack, release and output ratios and a button is sufficient to send the boulard! More complex when it comes to choosing the appropriate distortion, and good detector. But all this opens up endless!

- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?

Totally! You branch, it works!

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

Available on the net, the manual is complete, even with presets for neophytes to simulate several types of compressors such as the dbx 160, Urei 1176, Vari-mu & co.


- Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?

Simply monstrous. As already read somewhere, a compressor when you finally hear the color. And what color! We chose it at will, or Cristalin Carrrie distorted, limiting or compression transparent ... from 1.1 to color mode nuke or nothing happens ... A bulldozer ...

- Which instruments do you use?

It is used all over at will. I use it on voice, notement live where he located his place. On an acoustic guitar is also very interesting, the distortion notement 2. Otherwise, snare, overhead, low kick ... In fact it is built for all types of signals ...


- How long have you use it?

Not enough time, this thing is forever with me! : D

- What is so special that you like most and least?

Its color, its effectiveness is the best I've used by far!

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

I loved the Dbx 160 before, over-easy with this compressor is nice. A package of any type compressor live, plug in tirlarigo ...

- How would you rate the quality / price?

At Euro 1200, is an investment certain, but it's worth ...

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

With experience (and money), I would have a rack 20 that I carry on each time xD