Empirical Labs Fatso jr EL7

Empirical Labs Fatso jr EL7

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Fatso jr EL7, Studio compressor from Empirical Labs.

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Empirical Labs Fatso jr EL7 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Empirical Labs
  • Model: Fatso jr EL7
  • Category: Studio compressors
  • Added in our database on: 07/23/2012

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Empirical Labs Fatso jr EL7 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 2 reviews )
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moosers's review

Empirical Labs Fatso jr EL7
The Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso is a unique piece of outboard gear that has analog hardware, although this analog section is controlled by a digital interface.  This will help to transform your digital sound into sounding much more like analog tape and is probably the closest thing that you can get a tape sound without actually using tape.  This is a stereo unit that has 1/4 inch connections as well as XLR, which is nice as you can hook it up to just about anything.  This is indeed a rack mountable unit and will take up a single rack space.


The make up of the Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso definitely takes some getting used to because all of the parameters are pretty unique.  Each channel of the EL7 has parameters for input and output as well as buttons for warmth, compression, and bypass.  There are a lot of combinations that you can make with these parameters because each of the buttons has a few different settings.  It won't take too long to get used to this unit, but the manual is definitely helpful because it will show you exactly what each of these unique settings can do.


The sound quality of the Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso is very impressive overall.  I'm pretty much always happy with the sounds that I get whenever I use it and it is also versatile and capable of being used with a variety of different instruments as I have had good luck using the EL7 with vocals, drums, guitars, and pretty much anything else you can think of.  I believe that this box is pretty much the closest thing you can get to having a tape sound without actually have any tape at all.  If you are going for that warm tape sound, this is definitely the box for you because it emulates the distortion and harmonic saturation that is prevalent on tape.  This is a great sounding piece of gear that I love to use on everything when I have the chance to...


I've been using the Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso for a few months and it has definitely become one of my favorite pieces of outboard gear.  I love the sound of tape and the warmth that it will give you and this is the best place to get that without the noise and the hassles of using a real tape.  While very pricey as a top notch piece of gear like this will be, for those professionals looking for great tone without price restrictions, the is one of the best out there in terms of tape emulation.

Jsax's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" From a Wonder Power"

Empirical Labs Fatso jr EL7
- I love this compressor capacity to provide several types of compression effects on sound.
- Of course it's a nice Rack with Large buttons easy to manipulate.
I love it-coil transistor technology and its effect lamp.
Xlr-jack connector


-The config is very simple stereo output enter!
- No need to touch the manual is just more simple 5 sheets with safety instructions. and two blabla explanation


- Big warm sound, hard, heavy, clear, bright,
short we do what we want with this ship!

- In the mix buss yes it goes!
- Comp in solo voice that kills!
- RAS buss Beat!

you just need to know where to place it and why!


- 3 years in the studio in love with the princess!
- No, I did not try other relevant because it is a unique concept I think.
- What I like least is NOTHING lol ....
- I admit I find it a little expensive though!
at this level there is no history of value for money
it is primarily a history of performance if you want to be pro!

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