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Distressor Stereo Pair EL8-S

Stereo Pair/Dual Channel Distressor (2 units sold as one pair)


Single Channel Harmonic DISTortion & classic Knee compRESSOR. Features Distortion Indicator Lights, Advanced built-in sidechain EQ; 8 unique curves; Locked and calibrated output level; Binary Stepped Interface; XLR and 1/4” ins and outs, and True Bypass.

For many Distressor owners, one is never enough – in fact, one extremely successful engineer has twelve of them! For those who want (at least) a stereo pair, Empirical Labs offers the EL8-S, a pair of Distressors that are matched at the factory, and come with the cables you need to lock them together. If you want the Brit Mod and Image Link options, an EL8X-S package is also available.

Distressor Stereo Pair EL8-S

  • Frequency Response

    2 Hz to 160 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB). The response is shaped in distortion modes (Dist 2, Dist 3).

    Dynamic Range

    110 dB from max. output to min. output in 1:1 mode. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise in distort 3 mode.


    Ranges between .02% and 20% depending on distortion mode and release times set on the front panel.


    DC Coupled input and outputs.

    Time Constants

    Attack range 50uS – 50mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds, in normal modes, and up to 20 seconds in 10:1 opto mode. Time constants are dependent on ratio.

    Power Consumption

    15 Watts Max.

    Metal Chassis

    Single unit: 1.75″ high, 10″ deep, 19″ wide.

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