Distressor Compressor Tutorial/Tips – Universal Audio – UA Plugin

The crux of the Distressor is its variations in compression.  Use the 1:1 ratio to warm up synths or strings without compression, while adding musical low-order harmonics. To the opposite, Nuke is famous for adding excitement to room mics or an entire mix.

Introduced in 1993, the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor is revered in studios all over the world as the modern, “must-have” compressor. Versatile, super fast, and offering tons of color, the Distressor has been used of thousands of hit records, and it’s a modern tool that’s equal parts utilitarian and creative.

The only authentic Distressor plug-in endorsed by Empirical Labs’ founder Dave Derr, the UAD Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor is available exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces. An exhaustive end-to-end emulation of Derr’s iconic hardware, the UAD EL8 Distressor is the only faithful emulation of this true “desert island” compressor.