Empirical Labs


Empirical Labs Arousor, the Distressor plugin

It‘s been 20 years since Empirical Labs released its first compressor, the now legendary Distressor.
Now meet Arousor, the digital rebirth, with some added bonus features.

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 150KHz easily, and that is something that is impossible with current digital technology. But hey, who hears above 20KHz ?
It is difficult getting everything right up to that 20KHz, especially at sample rates of 48KHz and below.

As the Arousor does all kinds of non-linear stuff, we had to employ a variety of techniques to minimize common digital artifacts found in almost all digital compressors/limiters etc. Unfortunately, these techniques are costly as far as processing, and one has to streamline certain DSP processes for less CPU load without sacrificing any audio quality. Ironically, sometimes stuff that is hard in Analog is easy in Digital, and sometimes stuff that is hard (or impossible) in Digital is easy in Analog.

- Empirical Labs Classic Knee Compression in a plug-in... Finally !
- Foolproof operation — It is almost impossible to get a bad sound.
- Empirical Labs Famous White Knobs, with parameter readout and direct entry.
- Proprietary Empirical Labs Detector modeling. High resolution.
- Broadband Saturator, controllable by user. A novel approach was used to allow amazing control over peaks.
- 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 Sidechain EQ
- BP Sidechain EQ
- Rivet, a brick wall ratio great on room mics, and for skimming peaks.
- Linkable with the stereo version.
- BLEND Control — Mix in the dry signal with the compressed one.
- 18 Lock n Load Presets, finely tuned and named intuitively. More coming down the line.
- More backwards compatible features coming.

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