The compressor plugin from Empirical Labs

It’s been 20 years since Empirical Labs released its first compressor, The Distressor. From those early days on, Empirical Labs has been bombarded with requests for a great compressor plugin for those working in the box. And it had to be one with the creamy sound and ease-of-use of Empirical Labs’ own award-winning hardware compressors. We are sure you will find the 20-year wait worth it! For many years, processing speed, sample rates, and copy protection were limiting. Things have changed. Digital Technology can now come very close to having all the wonderful non-linearity and “warts” of the best analog gear. We say “close” because most of Empirical Labs’ analog gear will pass 150 kHz easily, and that is something that is impossible with current digital technology. But hey, who hears above 20 kHz?


  • DSP for Mac and Windows, and a new VENUE version, qualified by Avid
  • Greater efficiency, especially in Pro Tools AAX; 1/3rd of the CPU usage
  • Greatly increased Bargraph accuracy—Makes matching a Distressor sound much easier
  • Preset Sharing Function—Works across all platforms and makes it easy to share
  • Backwards Compatible with Rev 1.0, won't "break" your past mixes
  • Graphic and Interface Improvements—New colors, and 3d Depth
  • Our first "Expert" Button appears for the BLEND Section—Offers Dry Lvl Trim, below
  • New Dry Lvl Trim control, allowing perfect Dry and Compressed level matching
  • Even more Presets, some from Famous Engineers
  • Refined markings for matching Distressor Detector settings
  • Higher resolution readout on Det BP BW—Reads to .01 places
  • More support for Control Surfaces, including new Avid VENUE systems, like S3L and S6L
  • Empirical Labs' Famous White Knobs, with parameter readout, and direct entry
  • Proprietary Empirical Labs' Detector modeling—High resolution
  • Broadband Saturator, controllable by user
  • Unique AtMod™ Attack Modification Control changes the shape of the initial attack, and can lengthen attack times in a different manner than the ATTACK control
  • HP/BP Sidechain EQ

System Requirements

Windows Windows 7 and later
Mac Mac OS 10.10.x and later
Pro Tools Pro Tools 10.x and later
Max Sample Rate 192 kHz
Copy Protection Requires iLok


AAX Native

This product is tested by the Seller for support of current versions of the indicated Avid products and operating systems. For compatibility questions related to older systems, please contact the Seller.

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