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Speaking about the recording process for Toro Y Moi's album "Anything in Return," Different Fur Studios owner Patrick Brown says the drums often went through an Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor, Empirical Labs EL-7 FATSO Jr., and GML 8200 EQ, "...to fatten them up, make them hit harder, make the kick really snap, and to add a little bit of softness and harmonic on the top end so they didn't sound too brittle out of Reason."more
I use this nifty little thing on my synths before it hits the interface for some boost/color or route out my drums to the distressor and back into my DAW for a bit more punch on my percussion.
We have 2 Distressors at 825 Records and I don't think a lead vocal I've mixed has not run through it since I've had them. I also use them on bass, room mics and piano. My favorite feature about the Distressors aside from a magic they possess is the detection and saturation selections.