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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For equipment, try 6. This was done to provide an easy to set, yet versatile group of curves. I really like having it as an option on the pallet, but I try it a lot more than I end up using it.

Then you have two Distortion filters: It’s especially handy for rock bass sounds.

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If you want a good, smooth characteristic that can still push things forward a little, 4: The only possible problem is if you attach one of the XLR output pins 2 or 3 to ground. 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.

Hey, there’s a first time for everything!

An example of this may be when one channel has a heavy low frequency source such as a tom drum that is causing both sides to pump. Don’t show me this message again. The more you crank the input knob, the harder you’re compressing and the more gain reduction you’re going to get. See block diagram below and stereo hookup in this.


Our company cannot be responsible for damage to mznual or electric shock to anyone trying such a modification. By pressing ‘print’ button you will print only current page. Also, try enabling and disabling the “HP” in the detector. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.

Then put the unit into link to further affect the. You also get true Bypass selectable with a pushbutton switch on the front panel.

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 distressr on the rear panel. Both input jacks are differential but at the output, only the XLR is differential.

Our company cannot be responsible for damage to unit or electric shock to.

Basic wiring, Stereo operation, Distressor “pet” tricks – Empirical Labs EL-8 User Manual

Subscribe to our free newsletter Subscribe. The detector is the part of the compressor circuit or software that figures out how much and how fast.

Page of 15 Go. If all your source needs is a tender little kiss in 2: The LED’s above the switch will cycle through eight states. A user can therefore make XLR pin two or three hot in relation to the phone jacks. Comments to this Manuals Your Name.

Scrolling through the compression ratios 1: It is possible to change the wiring of the connectors inside since they are hand wired. Empirical Labs – Something old, Something new 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.


The phone jack ins and outs will be out of phase with pin 3 since the unit is wired pin 2 hot from the factory see note below. This is what makes these units truly general purpose, and indeed, I have yet to encounter any signal source that the Distressor simply couldn’t flatter! Complain wrong Brand wrong Model non readable. Sometimes for room mics, keeping the units unlinked actually makes them. If you’ve used other EL gear, the Distressor’s front panel layout should be familiar if you haven’t, you’ll want to spend some time getting the hang of how they do things.

Obviously, the unit will not work in stereo now.

A separate amplifier drives each of these pins, so grounding one of them will short the associated amplifier out. My Distressors get used literally on just about every session I do. This will saturate each low frequency note making it sound distorted, and if adjusted right, much like a bass amplifier.

The phone jack ins and outs will be out of phase with pin 3 since the unit is wired pin 2 hot. The old, sought after vintage gear is not anywhere near as accurate or linear as devices made today, but certain “faults”