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 setting is intended to evoke and extremely fast, aggressive compression characteristic similar to the classic “all buttons in” trick. It’s especially handy for rock bass sounds. Stereo operation requires only two things. I’ve used it a couple of times on rock bass for a certain, super-quick “clamp down and let go” type of characteristic, but this is the one feature on the Distressor that I could take or leave.

Did you find this review helpful? You use the input knob to drive mnual compressor. The stereo Distressor model ships as two matched Distressor units along with a short pair of good quality stereo link cables intended to connected between the two units’ Stereo Link TRS connections on the rear panel.


Don’t have an account? If I had a rack full of Distressor and nothing else, I’d a be a happy camper and b not be wanting for compression characteristics, thanks to the huge variety of sounds that can be attained by all the compression options and filters available. mamual

You also get true Bypass selectable with a pushbutton switch on the front panel. This will saturate each low frequency note making it sound distorted, and if adjusted right, much like a bass amplifier.


The Distressor also has a very nice empirjcal coded segment LED bargraph for gain reduction, and does not have any input or output level metering.

A separate amplifier drives each of these pins, so grounding one of them will short the associated amplifier out. This feature can be used along with any ratio you want, but even in 1: An example of this may be distreszor one channel has a heavy low frequency source such as a tom drum. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Got it, continue to print. One catch when operating empriical pair of Stereo Linked Distressors is that it’s the compression that gets linked–one unit’s compression settings will slave to the other, but you must still take care to set the ins and outs just the same to avoid shifting the stereo image.

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Our company cannot be responsible for damage to unit or electric shock to anyone trying such a modification. However, unlike most units, the user has the option to treat the left and right channels differently.

Troubleshooting Also, try enabling and disabling the “HP” in the detector. For ADAT’s try 6 to 7 output level. Page of 15 Go. The sidechain must not have appreciable delay nor. To print the manual distresor, please, download it. It is possible to change the wiring of the connectors lbs since they are hand wired. A user can therefore make XLR pin two or three hot in relation to the phone jacks.

Empirical Labs Distressor User Manual

The Distressor is a modern digitally controlled analog device that attempts to offer some of the “musical non-linearities” exhibited by the older tube, manjal A discrete, and magnetic tape mediums.


The actual audio you finally hear is not passed through this circuitry, only adjusted by it. What you manuzl is set the ratio to The only possible problem is if you attach one of the XLR output pins 2 or 3 to ground. Common to both filter banks is the ability to select between one filter, or to stack multiple filters on each other, so for example you could have the Detector HPF and band emphasis working together to keep weird modulations out of a heavily compressed distrrssor, of you could have the Audio HPF and Distortion modes working together so that you’re not adding too much THD under 80hz.

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The output phone jack tip is wired to pin 2 of the XLR out, and therefore is in phase with that pin. In fact, you can put entirely different audio into the Stereo Link input that will affect the main audio coming out, but not be heard itself.

Therefore if you only use only pin 2 on your output cable, labss pin 3 floating unconnected and vice-versa.

One laabs bring the Bass track in on two. However, if you are compressing a noisy signal, the noise is pushed up along with the soft signals.