The company Empirical Labs develops and produces professional signal processors, which are used in numerous recording and radio studios worldwide, as well as for live sound and other production facilities. Empirical Labs also manufactures plug-ins for digital audio workstations and software for digital signal processors.
Empirical Labs was founded in 1988 and was initially a recording studio and electronic consulting firm. Founder Dave Derr was also a technician at Eventide, where he was part of the core development team for the H3000, H3500 and DSP4000. The experience gained at Eventide was essential to his future work. With the Distressor, Dave Derr introduced the first Empirical Labs product, creating one of the modern classics.
All Empirical Labs products are still developed, manufactured, calibrated according to strict specifications and tested by hand exclusively in the USA.