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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This will saturate each low frequency note making it sound distorted, and if adjusted right, much like a bass amplifier. The Distressors also come with a short yet helpful manual which, in addition to covering utilization basics, also has suggested settings and “pet tricks.

Empirical Labs Distressor User Manual

It is usually best to match all front. 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.

The output phone jack tip is wired to pin 2 of the XLR out, and therefore is in phase with. You use the input knob to drive the compressor.

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Add to my manuals Add. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Therefore if you only use only pin 2 on your output cable, leave pin 3 floating unconnected and vice-versa. Scrolling through the compression ratios 1: By pressing ‘print’ button you will print only current page. The only possible problem is if you attach one of distresor XLR output pins 2 or 3 to ground.

My favorite setting bar none, and my most common go-to setting for just about anything from vocals to bass to guitars to percussion to kicks or snares or even drum overheads would have to be 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.


Subscribe to our free newsletter Subscribe. The phone jack distgessor and outs will be out of phase with pin 3 since the unit is wired pin 2 hot from the factory see note below.

Images linked to this review. Stereo operation requires only two things. Both input jacks are differential but at the output, only the XLR is differential.

For ADAT’s try 6 to 7 output level.

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

The detector modes, Distressor block diagram, Detector circuit main audio path, Detector modes. Keep the input lower and you can a really nice, clear sound that clamps down late to just keep the signal in check, but manua you want, you can crank the input just about as far as you want and the characteristic gets more aggressive, more in your face, more muscular–you can take the gain reduction meter into the yellow empirixal red, and doggoneit if the thing doesn’t just stay so completely musical sounding.

Time constants – Attack range 50uS – 30mS. It is possible to change the wiring of the connectors inside since they are hand wired. This feature can be used along with any ratio you want, but even in 1: However, unlike most units, the user has the option to treat the left and right channels differently.

Then put the unit into mxnual to further affect the compression in a more frequency dependent unit.


Always unplug unit before. Try this on bass guitar in Dist 3 mode for extra grunge. Troubleshooting Also, try enabling and disabling the “HP” in the detector. Likewise, the attack and ratio disttessor do not have the usual markings in seconds and milliseconds, but instead arbitrary numbering from 0 to Then you have two Distortion filters: Sometimes for room mics, keeping the units unlinked actually makes them.

Pin 1 should almost always be grounded on the XLR cables. It’s especially handy for rock bass sounds. 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!

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However, empirifal Distressor will be un-harmed if you temporarily short an output pin. One catch when operating a pair of Stereo Linked Distressors is that it’s the compression that gets linked–one unit’s compression settings will slave to the other, but you must still take care to set the pabs and outs just the same to avoid shifting the stereo image. See block diagram below and stereo hookup in this. Cookies mqnual us improve performance, enhance user experience and deliver our services.

The last feature to discuss on the EL-8X model is the special “Brit Mode,” selectable by a toggle switch on the front panel. To print the manual completely, please, download it.

Our company cannot be responsible for damage to unit or electric shock to. The power cord connection is a detachable IEC socket and of course standard power cords are included. This was done to provide an easy to set, yet versatile group of curves.

Write a user review Ask for a user review. Unit shown with all. Always unplug unit before removing cover! The other filter bank, Audio, features a different high pass filter which functions like any other HPF like you’d find on a mic or preamp, with a rollof frequency of 80hz. I really like having it as an option on the pallet, but I try it a lot more than I end up using it.

I’m sorry to gush here, if you’ve read my other reviews then you know I like to diztressor pretty balanced and critical even on gear that I really like because, as I say, you can suss out the pro’s and con’s of anything no matter how good, but the Distressor sonic abilities really are a 10 out of 10 manuall my book. If you want a good, smooth characteristic that can still push things forward a little, 4: In order of occurrence: