Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X

£1,195.00

Out of stock

Description

The Distressor is a modern classic, a best-seller which has garnered a huge reputation in a very short time. Designed by Dave Derr, the Distressor is a single-channel VCA compressor which takes the best ideas from traditional compressors and merges them with modern technology. It uses microprocessor control to achieve a huge range of compression effects. It is one of the most versatile dynamics units on the market

The EL8-X replaces the original EL8 and adds Image Link, for improved stereo or multichannel linking, and the 20:1 ratio Brit Mode. The EL8-X is the model shipping currently

Initial setup is easy: the Distressor has Input & Output controls – just like an 1176 – and Attack & Release controls to set the shape of the compression envelope. The Ratio button cycles through compression ratios. Even at 1:1 it’s possible to use the harmonic generation & signal warming features by cycling through the Distortion settings and juggling Input & Output levels. Ratios run all the way to Nuke and there’s an additional Brit Mode which mimics an 1176 on “All Buttons In” mode. The sidechain “Detector” has a useful switchable filter

The basics are straightforward but it takes a little time to get used to the range of effects on offer. There’s plenty of interaction between controls, drive level & the type of program material so getting the best out of the Distressor will take some experience. The range of harmonic enhancement available is huge and some experimentation is needed to find the sweet spot. Once you find it you’ll realise the Distressor is doing things you can’t do with any other compressor. The only drawback I can think of is that once you have a Distressor you will inevitably start thinking of buying two more

The most impressive and versatile compressor I have ever used” – Michael Brauer

A really good sounding vocal compressor.  Guitars, Drums. Everything. You can’t have too many Distressors.”  – Tchad Blake, Tape Op Magazine

Every once in a while a product comes along with “classic” written all over it.  And in a certain sense of the word, this product actually is a classic already” – Barry Cleveland, MIX Magazine

The Distressor sits at #6 in my revised Top Ten Compressor list:

1. UREI 1176
2. UREI LA-2A
3. dbx 160XT
4. SSL 4000E Bus Compressor
5. Empirical Labs Fatso EL7X
6. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X
7. Valley People Dynamite
8. Gain Brain
9. dbx 163X
10. FMR Really Nice Compressor

Input is balanced on XLR & jack and output is balanced on XLR & unbalanced on jack. Multiple Distressors can be linked via a back-panel jack sockets and a link switch on the front panel. EL8-X models have an updated link setup which prevents stereo image shift when linked

Power input is via a standard IEC socket. AC input is 110 / 220 Volts switchable internally. This Distressor is set to 220. UK or Euro Schuko power cable supplied on request

Input is balanced on XLR & jack and output is balanced on XLR & unbalanced on jack. Multiple Distressors can be linked via a back-panel jack sockets and a link switch on the front panel. EL8-X models have an updated link setup which prevents stereo image shift when linked
 
Power input is via a standard IEC socket. AC input is 110 / 220 Volts switchable internally. This Distressor is set to 220. UK or Euro Schuko power cable supplied on request
Standard rack-mounting 1U device
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1U
In excellent, used condition. There's a tiny bit of rack rash and some small chips on the edges of the front panel but these otherwise look like new. Tested & working 100% and sounding just as good as everyone says! Photos show one of the Distressors in this auction and there is one photos showing both. I have two Distressors for sale. This auction is for one
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