Empirical Labs

Empirical Labs DISTRESSOR

Classic Knee Compressor - Mono

Order Code: EL8XDistressor
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Our Price: $2,135.00

Don't get lost in boffin-speak, specs or what the 'in crowd' is playing with. Just plug in a Distressor, push some buttons and twirl some knobs. It sounds great, there's a huge range of sounds, and full control. Ratio settings (1:1 thru to Nuke) are selected through a simple button the front panel, and you get big fat knobs for Input, Output, Attack and Release.

Bristish Mode Included:
British Mode came from an unusual setting on the classic UREI LN1176 limiter, designed to have only four ratios, each ratio being engaged by selecting one of four buttons. However, as early as 1980 (or before), recording engineers on the lookout for something a little more OTT found that you could make all four buttons stay in if you pressed them just right, resulting in a very aggressive sound that had some elements of the unit's 20:1 ratio, but with an unusual knee and new envelope shape.  EL8X has the advantage of being able to selectively apply this aggressive characteristic - not just to the new "British" ratio (1:1) - to any of the ratios, simply by engaging the dedicated "British Mode" switch.

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  • Freq. response is 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 max. output to min. output in 1:1 mode. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise in distort 3 mode
  • Distortion ranges between .02% and 20% depending on distortion mode and release times set on front panel
  • DC coupled output - High quality input caps
  • Input impedance is 20K Ohms, Output impedance is < 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 constants are dependant on ratio