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Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
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Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor

A modern classic -- one of the most versatile compressor/limiters around! Add gentle warmth in 1:1 mode, or "Nuke" your tracks. Dial in distortion to taste.

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Submitted November 11, 2020 by Todd J in Cutler Bay, FL
"Versatile"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I like fewer things and more versatile things. This is literally my pride and joy. I track everything with a little bit of distressor on it. You can flavor it different ways if need be but i use it just to get recorded on the front end as musically as possible. This compressor was my answer to "which compressor should i buy" if i am not ready to shell out money for a one trick pony that was used on such and such record back in the day blah blah blah. I'm not looking for their sound I'm looking for the sound in my head for the project I'm working on. Since I work with many genres and day to day what i'm doing changes this thing is my go to for anything before it hits the interface. Love it!
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Submitted February 14, 2017 by Christopher P in Portland, OR
"This thing is as versatile as they get"
EL8 is a beast of a compressor. It does dirty compression well. It can also be really transparent and fast as heck. This thing has been used on loads of albums. It is pretty amazing on the drum buss. I wish zZounds offered 12 payment plan though, cause this thing is spendy. Also, you can send it into the manufacturer and get it Britmodded. This turns it into an insanely different beast altogether: extremely fast and aggressive.
Musical Background:
25 years
Musical Style:
Deedle doodler
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Submitted November 29, 2017 by Shepard Hues in Phoenix, AZ
"Whoa"
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I plugged this piece of hardware into my chain signal and i INSTANTLY heard how great the compression sounded. and how it made my signal sound 1000x's better.
Musical Background:
Music engineer for contemporary Chicago musical artists like chance the rapper, Saba, Supa Bwe and others
Musical Style:
hip hop/alternative/pop/rock.
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Submitted August 11, 2010 by a customer from yahoo.com
"One of the better compressors in the market."
It's a great product, one of the few newer compressors made that has become a legend already. Hard to pick a serious modern studio that doesn't own at least one of these.
Sound
Very versatile compressor.
Features
Well, it has what a compressor should have & more.
Ease of Use
It's easy to overcompress.
Quality
Built like a tank.
Value
If you need it, it's worth it.
Manufacturer Support
Never needed them, but I've never heard anyone complain.
Musical Background:
Operate http://www.dizero.com
Musical Style:
Metal
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