Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
Single Channel Harmonic DISTortion & classic Knee compRESSOR. Features Distortion Indicator Lights, Advanced built-in side chain EQ; 8 unique curves; Locked and calibrated output level; Binary Stepped Interface; XLR and 1/4” ins and outs and True Bypass.
Besides providing a wide range of control and a unique feature set, the Distressor offers a warm, vintage sound by using a custom designed gain control circuit. This “warmth” or “vintage sound” has become a major issue in the last few decades, as the super clear and linear digital technology does next to nothing to soften “harsh” sounds, nor emphasize the bass frequencies in music sources. Conversely, older analog tape, vinyl records and tube equipment could not be prevented from coloring the sound, often to the frustration of recording engineers. However, many people now realize that this coloring can be extremely pleasant and musical. Digital technology is often referred to as “cold” and “brittle” among other terms (although we prefer “unforgiving”).