In an interview, Wolfgang Gartner talks about his mastering process: "I decided to start mastering my own stuff last month and invested in some nice hardware to help do the job. My main tools now are... a pair of Empirical Labs Distressors with British Mode that occasionally work for mastering, but not always." Original Q&A can be found [here](http://www.soundstosample.com/blog/q-a/wolfgang-gartner).more
"A Distressor compressor is probably my favorite compressor just because it's so versatile. And the amount of sweet distortion that you can get with it. It's one of the most modern pieces of gear that I've picked up and was like 'OK, this is great someone added on to the legacy of gear.'"more
In this video detailing the production of "One", Axwell mentions that they're in Metropolis Studio in London. According to http://www.thisismetropolis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Studio-A.pdf, there are two Distressors in Studio A, where this video— and the production of "One"— took place.more
[This article](http://www.emusician.com/artists/1333/recording-bob-dylan/40613) says, "Shaw then compensates by adding some additional low end and a little airy EQ around 12kHz, then heavily compressing the signal through an Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor. 'I drive it untill the red lights don’t blink anymore,' he says. 'You can hear all the bleed from the band into the vocal microphone pumping under the compression and it adds a cool thickness to the sound.'"more
"Tim Holmes (of Death In Vegas) was with us, encouraging me to use more professional methods, like running the mic through [Neve](http://equipboard.com/items/ams-neve-1081-mic-preamp-equalizer) preamps and running the bass and vocals through an (Empirical Labs) Distressor." - Kevin Parker from this *Tape Op* article.more
The Empirical Labs Distressor. Geez, another compressor. But I'm a sucker for colored lights and this unit has a blue LED next to the Nuke button. I can't say anything but YES to that. I began using the Distressor in my King Crimson touring rig. Since the attack of my tapped instrument is so intense on the bass strings, I would put this compressor right at the front. I would set it to 20:1 and sort of soft limit the highest energy notes. If I didn't do this, then I would have to turn down the input on the pre-amps far lower than they liked. Then I would split the signal into a clean line and distorted line. This two would come back together with the Raven Labs 2 channel (yes, I am selling that one) and into a final compressor: the DBX 160. The last compressor turned all the disparities of the two lines back into one big sound. Now I just use the Distressor in my studio for recording bass and guitar and vocals and percussion and harmonium and violins and bagpiges and.....more
A FOH stage hand sent out a couple pictures of Chris Stapleton's live rig on May 27, 2016 in Simpsonville, SC at the Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre. The stage setup clearly matches the setup seen in various videos around the web from early-2016 shows. The Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor can be seen in Chris' rack setup.more
Very good bit of kit, very crisp sound, very good on heavy bass sounds! I have two side by side for stereo processing. I got mine second hand, but they aint the cheapest of signal processors out there
Don't read about these-go use them if you can or find examples online somewhere-preferably a place with high fidelity. Your ears will tell ya all you need to know.
"This compressor works great on drums and enhances transients in a way that no other compressor does. It's also okay on vocals in opto mode with the attack around 6-7 and the release around 3-4. Not my frist choice for vocal compression though. It tends to shrink the size of the singal and add a bit of a gitty texture. Sometimes that what you want. Expecially in rock music"