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Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X-S

€3,799.98 *

1 pcs.

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Empirical Labs Distressor Model EL8X-S Stereo Pair The Distressor is the product that... more
Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X-S

Empirical Labs Distressor Model EL8X-S Stereo Pair

The Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for audio engineers all over the world. With over 22,000 units in the field, it’s safe to say that the Distressor is one of the best selling high end compressors of all time….if not THE best selling. A prominent recording engineer recently wagered that there probably was not a top 40 record made in the last five years that didn’t have at least one Distressor on it.

For many Distressor owners, one is never enough – in fact, one extremely successful engineer has twelve of them! For those who want (at least) a stereo pair, ELI offers the EL8-S, a pair of Distressors that are matched at the factory, and come with the cables you need to lock them together. If you want the Brit Mod and Image Link options, an EL8X-S package is also available.


  • Digitally controlled analog knee compression

  • Freq. response is 2 Hz to 160 kHz in clean audio mode ( 0, -3 dB). Response is shaped in distortion modes (Dist 2, Dist 3)

  • Dynamic range 110 dB from max. output to min. output in 1:1 mode. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise in distort 3 mode

  • Distortion ranges between .02% and 20% depending on distortion mode and release times set on front panel

  • DC coupled output – High quality input caps

  • Input impedance is 20K Ohms, Output impedance is < 75 ohms

  • Time constants – Attack range 50uS – 50mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds, normal modes and up to 20 seconds in 10:1 opto mode (Time constants are dependant on ratio)

  • Metal Chassis – single height 1.75“ high, 10“ deep, 19“ wide

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