Empirical Labs

Filter
View
Showing all 2 Items
R 0.00
Quick View {"id":646856245276,"title":"Empirical Labs Fatso EL7x","handle":"empirical-labs-fatso","description":"\u003ch5\u003eOverview\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3 id=\"u8064-13\" class=\"product_mainsub clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8064\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan id=\"u8064\"\u003eTHE EMPIRICAL LABS FATSO IS A F\u003c\/span\u003eULL \u003cspan id=\"u8064-3\"\u003eA\u003c\/span\u003eNALOG \u003cspan id=\"u8064-5\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003eAPE \u003cspan id=\"u8064-7\"\u003eS\u003c\/span\u003eIMULATOR AND \u003cspan id=\"u8064-9\"\u003eO\u003c\/span\u003ePTIMIZER WITH CLASSIC KNEE COMPRESSION\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNO LONGER THE \"JR\", THE NEW FATSO INTRODUCES A NEW COMPRESSOR RATIO,AS WELL AS ENHANCED INTERFACE AND DISPLAY FUNCTIONS AND OVERALL RELIABILITY.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8154-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8154\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eNEW FEATURES AT A GLANCE\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8158-18\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eA new ratio “Eleven”, which emulates a favorite classic compressor setting.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eNew Two Color Front Panel\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eImproved Logic\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSeparate TRACKING LED, more intuitive display.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBackwards stepping when a front panel button is held.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eNew extended stereo link functions. More choices of how to lock compressors.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCooler running Logic Circuitry, resulting in overall cooler operating temperature.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eImproved overall noise floor, due to lower logic power consumption.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8155-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8155\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTHE FATSO GOES TO ELEVEN\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8159-13\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8159\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eELEVEN is a new compressor for the Fatso, replacing the old GP Ratio, and emulates the famous UREI 1176LN in 20:1, with the slowest attack, and fastest release.  This 1176 setting has been used on countless hit records through the decades.  With the slower “1176” attack, the transients keep the dynamics present, while the high ratio, can radically limit the dynamic range of any source, making it present and sitting in a nice little place in your mix.  One can slam it, or just touch it with a few dB of compression.  You will find it great on Vocals, Bass, acoustic guitars, drum room mikes, pianos etc.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ELEVEN ratio took several months of experimentation, and required a rather radical attack mod to get close.  It was one of those projects that Dave Derr, the designer, thought would only take a few days, but upon initial research and listening tests, subtleties emerged which required starting over several times. “I got in one of these design loops, where you would get one thing right, then change another parameter or component, and find that it changed the first thing you thought you had right.  It was actually a long frustrating series of changes, that slowly spiraled towards the desired result.  Any kind of math calculations or scaling seemed useless. In addition, while testing 1176’s, I discovered issues that I’m quite sure were not intended by the original designers, and probably things of which they were not even aware.  But using modern digital oscilloscopes and analyzers, along with digital workstations, and our good old ears, we could see artifacts that the original designers couldn’t.” “Heck, they may have even tried to fix the little imperfections that gave the 1176 its unique character, had they the tools to see them. Thank gosh they didn’t, right?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnyway, the design loop was frustrating, but like anything that takes you to unexpected places, hopefully you come out a little bit wiser, and with a great product.  I hope our customers find the new ELEVEN ratio fun to use, and discover it can add some more magic to your music.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNOTE:\u003c\/strong\u003e ALL existing older “Fatso Jr’s” can be modified to change the GP ratio to the new ELEVEN ratio. In addition, all Fatsos shipped from Empirical Labs since June 2013 have had the ELEVEN ratio already installed in the circuit, under the GP ratio, so if you bought a Fatso recently, you probably already have the equivalent EL7-X circuitry.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pu8156-4\" class=\"clearfix colelem\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8156-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8156\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eNEW LOGIC AND INTERFACE OPERATION\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"ppu8160-10\" class=\"clearfix colelem\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pu8160-10\" class=\"clearfix grpelem\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8160-10\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8160\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original Fatso Jr could operate quite warm.  Since heat is the enemy of reliability, we decided to do what we could to cool the unit down in this re-design.  By replacing discrete logic with a microprocessor, and eliminating warm running and often unreliable display circuitry, the current draw was dropped over 20%, allowing the power supply and analog circuitry to benefit from a cooler running product.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe new FATSO also has greatly improved interface operation.  Holding any button in for a second will make the control step backwards, so the user doesn’t have to cycle around to go back one step in setting one parameter. In addition, the Stereo Link is improved and offers a second link method by holding in both COMP buttons.  It locks the compressors and Bypass logic together, and allows either channels’ buttons to control the settings.  Much more foolproof.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere is now a separate LED for the TRACK (Tracking) compressor, so that two LEDs do not have to be used, and interpreted by the user.  SPANK is now a Blue LED delineated from the other compressors off to the side, to indicate that it is different and can be used in conjunction with the other ratios.  Customers will find compressor selection more obvious and FUN.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8157-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8157\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFATSO's FOUR TYPES OF PROCESSING\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8130-21\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8130\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHarmonic Generation and Soft Clipper (Distortion Generation) - this class A circuit gently rounds the peaks like saturated tubes or tape.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHigh Frequency Saturation (Warmth) - a one-of-a-kind dynamic low pass filter which softens high frequencies when they “pile up” on a source.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTransformer \u0026amp; Tape Head Emulation - a simulation of the effect of input and output transformers of older devices, which adds  the low frequency harmonics that characterize them, as well as analog tape..\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eClassic Knee Compression - your typical automatic leveling device found on just about every instrument and vocal track as well as on  the overall buss, done Empirical Labs compression – smooth and sweet, but in your face!\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eArguably the coolest and most unique device in the Empirical Labs arsenal, the FATSO (Full Analog Tape Simulator and Optimizer) is a digitally controlled analog device that gives musicians and engineers easy access to many of the desirable characteristics exhibited by older tube and Class A electronics and magnetic tape mediums. This two channel audio processor musically integrates frequencies and transients, increasing the apparent volume while keeping tight control over peak levels.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eWith the FATSO, recording studios and audio production facilities can enhance and soften the sound of Hardware Digital Recorders (HDRs) and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).  Mix engineers will have the option not to have to use bulky, expensive analog tape recorders to get the warmth and sweet high end they’ve come to rely on for so many decades.  Owners of DAWs and HDRs can finally put a stop to complaints about the coldness and brittle edge of their mixes and instruments. Even audiophiles can benefit from the FATSO, bringing back the warmth and ambience of LP’s and tapes to their CD players and other digital reproduction mediums.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eAs with most Empirical Labs products, the unit is incredibly easy and fun to use. Large Distressor-style knobs control the input and output levels. Four meticulously tweaked compression modes - including the extremely popular “Buss” setting and the legendary “Spank”, a subtle knee followed by hard limiting resembling the SSL talkback compressor - can be selected (and combined!) with the push of a button.  Seven different high frequency saturation “Warmth” settings are accessed just as easily.  The FATSO also features switchable transformer circuits, which can add the musical artifacts generated by classic devices like NEVE, API, etc such as low order clipping and inter-modular distortion, transient clipping... and some other very musical non-linearities.  True to its name, the FATSO is rather sturdily constructed - you’ll be impressed with how well built it feels when you first lift it out of the box.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eThe FATSO has been the “secret weapon” of studio and live engineers for many years, allowing them to add the elusive magic of vintage gear to their sound. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 class=\"page_text\"\u003eOnce you start using it, you’ll never want to be without it!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch5 class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003eTechnical Specs\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFreq. Response is 2 Hz to 60 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB).\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDynamic Range 110 dB from maximum output (20%THDsoft clipping) to minimum output. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDistortion Ranges between .06% and 20% depending on mode and settings.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDC coupled Input and Outputs\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHigh quality audio caps used internally. Compressor Time Constants - Attack range 1mS - 60mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds. Attack and Releases are fixed by the compression type selected.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7374-4\" class=\"product_mainsub clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7374\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e","published_at":"2018-08-23T14:33:15+02:00","created_at":"2018-02-14T19:35:23+02:00","vendor":"Empirical Labs","type":"Outboard Processing","tags":["Brand_Empirical Labs","Processor_Compressor"],"price":0,"price_min":0,"price_max":0,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":7751538835484,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"ELFATSO","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Empirical Labs Fatso EL7x","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":0,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":1,"inventory_management":null,"inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-fatso-el7x-2222469677084.jpg?v=1552754032","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-fatso-el7x-2222469873692.jpg?v=1552754032","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-fatso-el7x-2222469939228.jpg?v=1552754032"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-fatso-el7x-2222469677084.jpg?v=1552754032","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003ch5\u003eOverview\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3 id=\"u8064-13\" class=\"product_mainsub clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8064\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan id=\"u8064\"\u003eTHE EMPIRICAL LABS FATSO IS A F\u003c\/span\u003eULL \u003cspan id=\"u8064-3\"\u003eA\u003c\/span\u003eNALOG \u003cspan id=\"u8064-5\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003eAPE \u003cspan id=\"u8064-7\"\u003eS\u003c\/span\u003eIMULATOR AND \u003cspan id=\"u8064-9\"\u003eO\u003c\/span\u003ePTIMIZER WITH CLASSIC KNEE COMPRESSION\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNO LONGER THE \"JR\", THE NEW FATSO INTRODUCES A NEW COMPRESSOR RATIO,AS WELL AS ENHANCED INTERFACE AND DISPLAY FUNCTIONS AND OVERALL RELIABILITY.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8154-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8154\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eNEW FEATURES AT A GLANCE\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8158-18\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eA new ratio “Eleven”, which emulates a favorite classic compressor setting.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eNew Two Color Front Panel\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eImproved Logic\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSeparate TRACKING LED, more intuitive display.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBackwards stepping when a front panel button is held.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eNew extended stereo link functions. More choices of how to lock compressors.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCooler running Logic Circuitry, resulting in overall cooler operating temperature.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eImproved overall noise floor, due to lower logic power consumption.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8155-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8155\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTHE FATSO GOES TO ELEVEN\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8159-13\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8159\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eELEVEN is a new compressor for the Fatso, replacing the old GP Ratio, and emulates the famous UREI 1176LN in 20:1, with the slowest attack, and fastest release.  This 1176 setting has been used on countless hit records through the decades.  With the slower “1176” attack, the transients keep the dynamics present, while the high ratio, can radically limit the dynamic range of any source, making it present and sitting in a nice little place in your mix.  One can slam it, or just touch it with a few dB of compression.  You will find it great on Vocals, Bass, acoustic guitars, drum room mikes, pianos etc.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ELEVEN ratio took several months of experimentation, and required a rather radical attack mod to get close.  It was one of those projects that Dave Derr, the designer, thought would only take a few days, but upon initial research and listening tests, subtleties emerged which required starting over several times. “I got in one of these design loops, where you would get one thing right, then change another parameter or component, and find that it changed the first thing you thought you had right.  It was actually a long frustrating series of changes, that slowly spiraled towards the desired result.  Any kind of math calculations or scaling seemed useless. In addition, while testing 1176’s, I discovered issues that I’m quite sure were not intended by the original designers, and probably things of which they were not even aware.  But using modern digital oscilloscopes and analyzers, along with digital workstations, and our good old ears, we could see artifacts that the original designers couldn’t.” “Heck, they may have even tried to fix the little imperfections that gave the 1176 its unique character, had they the tools to see them. Thank gosh they didn’t, right?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnyway, the design loop was frustrating, but like anything that takes you to unexpected places, hopefully you come out a little bit wiser, and with a great product.  I hope our customers find the new ELEVEN ratio fun to use, and discover it can add some more magic to your music.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNOTE:\u003c\/strong\u003e ALL existing older “Fatso Jr’s” can be modified to change the GP ratio to the new ELEVEN ratio. In addition, all Fatsos shipped from Empirical Labs since June 2013 have had the ELEVEN ratio already installed in the circuit, under the GP ratio, so if you bought a Fatso recently, you probably already have the equivalent EL7-X circuitry.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pu8156-4\" class=\"clearfix colelem\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8156-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8156\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eNEW LOGIC AND INTERFACE OPERATION\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"ppu8160-10\" class=\"clearfix colelem\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pu8160-10\" class=\"clearfix grpelem\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8160-10\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8160\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original Fatso Jr could operate quite warm.  Since heat is the enemy of reliability, we decided to do what we could to cool the unit down in this re-design.  By replacing discrete logic with a microprocessor, and eliminating warm running and often unreliable display circuitry, the current draw was dropped over 20%, allowing the power supply and analog circuitry to benefit from a cooler running product.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe new FATSO also has greatly improved interface operation.  Holding any button in for a second will make the control step backwards, so the user doesn’t have to cycle around to go back one step in setting one parameter. In addition, the Stereo Link is improved and offers a second link method by holding in both COMP buttons.  It locks the compressors and Bypass logic together, and allows either channels’ buttons to control the settings.  Much more foolproof.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere is now a separate LED for the TRACK (Tracking) compressor, so that two LEDs do not have to be used, and interpreted by the user.  SPANK is now a Blue LED delineated from the other compressors off to the side, to indicate that it is different and can be used in conjunction with the other ratios.  Customers will find compressor selection more obvious and FUN.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8157-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8157\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFATSO's FOUR TYPES OF PROCESSING\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u8130-21\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8130\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHarmonic Generation and Soft Clipper (Distortion Generation) - this class A circuit gently rounds the peaks like saturated tubes or tape.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHigh Frequency Saturation (Warmth) - a one-of-a-kind dynamic low pass filter which softens high frequencies when they “pile up” on a source.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTransformer \u0026amp; Tape Head Emulation - a simulation of the effect of input and output transformers of older devices, which adds  the low frequency harmonics that characterize them, as well as analog tape..\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eClassic Knee Compression - your typical automatic leveling device found on just about every instrument and vocal track as well as on  the overall buss, done Empirical Labs compression – smooth and sweet, but in your face!\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eArguably the coolest and most unique device in the Empirical Labs arsenal, the FATSO (Full Analog Tape Simulator and Optimizer) is a digitally controlled analog device that gives musicians and engineers easy access to many of the desirable characteristics exhibited by older tube and Class A electronics and magnetic tape mediums. This two channel audio processor musically integrates frequencies and transients, increasing the apparent volume while keeping tight control over peak levels.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eWith the FATSO, recording studios and audio production facilities can enhance and soften the sound of Hardware Digital Recorders (HDRs) and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).  Mix engineers will have the option not to have to use bulky, expensive analog tape recorders to get the warmth and sweet high end they’ve come to rely on for so many decades.  Owners of DAWs and HDRs can finally put a stop to complaints about the coldness and brittle edge of their mixes and instruments. Even audiophiles can benefit from the FATSO, bringing back the warmth and ambience of LP’s and tapes to their CD players and other digital reproduction mediums.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eAs with most Empirical Labs products, the unit is incredibly easy and fun to use. Large Distressor-style knobs control the input and output levels. Four meticulously tweaked compression modes - including the extremely popular “Buss” setting and the legendary “Spank”, a subtle knee followed by hard limiting resembling the SSL talkback compressor - can be selected (and combined!) with the push of a button.  Seven different high frequency saturation “Warmth” settings are accessed just as easily.  The FATSO also features switchable transformer circuits, which can add the musical artifacts generated by classic devices like NEVE, API, etc such as low order clipping and inter-modular distortion, transient clipping... and some other very musical non-linearities.  True to its name, the FATSO is rather sturdily constructed - you’ll be impressed with how well built it feels when you first lift it out of the box.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eThe FATSO has been the “secret weapon” of studio and live engineers for many years, allowing them to add the elusive magic of vintage gear to their sound. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 class=\"page_text\"\u003eOnce you start using it, you’ll never want to be without it!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch5 class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003eTechnical Specs\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFreq. Response is 2 Hz to 60 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB).\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDynamic Range 110 dB from maximum output (20%THDsoft clipping) to minimum output. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDistortion Ranges between .06% and 20% depending on mode and settings.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDC coupled Input and Outputs\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHigh quality audio caps used internally. Compressor Time Constants - Attack range 1mS - 60mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds. Attack and Releases are fixed by the compression type selected.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U8158\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7374-4\" class=\"product_mainsub clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7374\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e"}
R 0.00
Quick View {"id":646847561756,"title":"Empirical Labs EL8","handle":"empirical-labs-el8","description":"\u003ch5\u003eOverview\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pu7374-4\" class=\"clearfix colelem\"\u003e\n\u003ch3 id=\"u7374-4\" class=\"product_mainsub clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7374\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTHE EMPIRICAL LABS EL8. DIGITALLY CONTROLLED ANALOG KNEE COMPRESSION\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for audio engineers all over the world.  With over 28,000 units in the field, it’s safe to say that the Distressor is one of the best selling high end compressors of all time...\u003cbr\u003eif not THE best selling.  A prominent recording engineer recently wagered that there probably was not a top 40 record made in the last five years that didn’t have at least one Distressor on it.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Besides providing a wide range of control and a unique feature set, the Distressor offers a warm, vintage sound by using a custom designed gain control circuit.  This “warmth” or “vintage sound” has become a major issue in the last few decades, as the super clear and linear digital technology does next to nothing to soften “harsh” sounds, nor emphasize the bass frequencies in music sources. Conversely, older analog tape, vinyl records and tube equipment could not be prevented from coloring the sound, often to the frustration of recording engineers. However, many people now realize that this coloring can be extremely pleasant and musical. Digital technology is often referred to as “cold” and “brittle” among other terms (although we prefer “unforgiving”).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eAll eight of the Distressor’s curves are unique and distinctive, from the 1:1 mode that simply warms up signal with low order harmonics without intentional compression, to the “Nuke” setting - a brick wall limiting curve that shines on live drum room mics.  Each curve has its own personality and several actually use different circuitry, and are effectively different compressors. Most exceptional is the 10:1 “Opto” ratio which uses separate detector circuitry to emulate the oldest (and valued) “light controlled” devices, such as the LA-2A.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eAnother large part of the Distressor’s personality and power derive from three modes that color the signal, even without compression. These extended audio modes were designed to allow emulation of some very old and expensive vintage compressors \u0026amp; limiters, and let the Distressor deliver a classic “knee” sound all its own by providing user programmable, warm harmonic distortion. In addition to the basic distortion mode, Distort 2 emphasizes tube-like 2nd order harmonics, while in Distort 3 setting the distortion becomes dominated by 3rd harmonics more closely resembling tape. Two HP filters – one in the audio path, one in the detector path - are also available to help with low frequencies that can cause pumping and breathing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eThe Distressor is available in either its original form (EL8), or in a modified version (EL8-X) with two additional functions  - British Mode, and Image Link.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7435-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7435\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBRITISH MODE\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7339-7\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7339\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe concept of British Mode came from an unusual setting on the classic UREI LN1176 limiter. The unit was designed to have only four ratios, each ratio being engaged by selecting one of four buttons. However, as early as 1980 (or before), renegade recording engineers, always on the lookout for something a little more “over-the-top”, found that you could make all four buttons stay in if you pressed them just right. What resulted was a very aggressive sound that had some elements of the unit’s 20:1 ratio, but with an unusual knee and new envelope shape. Somewhere along the line, someone called it “British Mode”, and the name stuck.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe EL8-X has the advantage of being able to selectively apply this aggressive characteristic - not just to the new “British” ratio (1:1) - to any of the ratios, simply by engaging the dedicated “British Mode\" switch.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7437-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7437\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIMAGE LINK\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7340-4\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7340\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original Distressor stereo link function used a summing and phase detection method, which allowed slight stereo image shifting.  Although frequently desirable for its phase correction, and its “thickening” on open room mics and other stereo sources, this approach can sometimes be a problem on stereo program material where the producer\/engineers want to maintain absolute left\/right balance at all times. With the new “Stereo Image Link” option, the EL8-X now has three link options - the original “phase” link, the new Image Link and the combination of the two, phase and image linking - something never before offered on any compressors or limiters.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eGO STEREO\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor 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, ELI 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eTechnical Specs\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Freq. response is 2 Hz to 160 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB). Response is shaped in distortion modes (Dist 2, Dist 3).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Distortion ranges between .02% and 20% depending on distortion mode and release times set on front panel.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• DC coupled output - High quality input caps.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Input impedance is 20K Ohms, Output impedance is \u0026lt; 75 ohms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Time constants - Attack range 50uS - 50mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds, normal modes and up to 20 seconds in 10:1 opto mode. Time constants are dependant on ratio.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Metal Chassis - single height 1.75\" high, 10\" deep, 19\" wide.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Shipping info - 12.1 lbs mono, 24.2 lbs Stereo pair. Mono box dimensions 22.5\" x 18.5\" x 3 1\/4\".\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Stereo Pair box dimensions 22.5\" x 18.5\" x 6 1\/4\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e","published_at":"2018-08-23T14:32:07+02:00","created_at":"2018-02-14T19:18:11+02:00","vendor":"Empirical Labs","type":"Outboard Processing","tags":["Brand_Empirical Labs","Processor_Compressor"],"price":0,"price_min":0,"price_max":0,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":7751343374364,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"ELEL8","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Empirical Labs EL8","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":0,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":1,"inventory_management":null,"inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-el8-2222401814556.jpg?v=1552754494","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-el8-2222401847324.jpg?v=1552754494","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-el8-2222402207772.jpg?v=1552754494","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-el8-2222402404380.jpg?v=1552754494"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/1805\/9557\/products\/empirical-labs-outboard-processing-empirical-labs-el8-2222401814556.jpg?v=1552754494","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003ch5\u003eOverview\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pu7374-4\" class=\"clearfix colelem\"\u003e\n\u003ch3 id=\"u7374-4\" class=\"product_mainsub clearfix grpelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7374\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTHE EMPIRICAL LABS EL8. DIGITALLY CONTROLLED ANALOG KNEE COMPRESSION\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for audio engineers all over the world.  With over 28,000 units in the field, it’s safe to say that the Distressor is one of the best selling high end compressors of all time...\u003cbr\u003eif not THE best selling.  A prominent recording engineer recently wagered that there probably was not a top 40 record made in the last five years that didn’t have at least one Distressor on it.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Besides providing a wide range of control and a unique feature set, the Distressor offers a warm, vintage sound by using a custom designed gain control circuit.  This “warmth” or “vintage sound” has become a major issue in the last few decades, as the super clear and linear digital technology does next to nothing to soften “harsh” sounds, nor emphasize the bass frequencies in music sources. Conversely, older analog tape, vinyl records and tube equipment could not be prevented from coloring the sound, often to the frustration of recording engineers. However, many people now realize that this coloring can be extremely pleasant and musical. Digital technology is often referred to as “cold” and “brittle” among other terms (although we prefer “unforgiving”).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eAll eight of the Distressor’s curves are unique and distinctive, from the 1:1 mode that simply warms up signal with low order harmonics without intentional compression, to the “Nuke” setting - a brick wall limiting curve that shines on live drum room mics.  Each curve has its own personality and several actually use different circuitry, and are effectively different compressors. Most exceptional is the 10:1 “Opto” ratio which uses separate detector circuitry to emulate the oldest (and valued) “light controlled” devices, such as the LA-2A.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eAnother large part of the Distressor’s personality and power derive from three modes that color the signal, even without compression. These extended audio modes were designed to allow emulation of some very old and expensive vintage compressors \u0026amp; limiters, and let the Distressor deliver a classic “knee” sound all its own by providing user programmable, warm harmonic distortion. In addition to the basic distortion mode, Distort 2 emphasizes tube-like 2nd order harmonics, while in Distort 3 setting the distortion becomes dominated by 3rd harmonics more closely resembling tape. Two HP filters – one in the audio path, one in the detector path - are also available to help with low frequencies that can cause pumping and breathing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"page_text\"\u003eThe Distressor is available in either its original form (EL8), or in a modified version (EL8-X) with two additional functions  - British Mode, and Image Link.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7435-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7435\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBRITISH MODE\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7339-7\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7339\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe concept of British Mode came from an unusual setting on the classic UREI LN1176 limiter. The unit was designed to have only four ratios, each ratio being engaged by selecting one of four buttons. However, as early as 1980 (or before), renegade recording engineers, always on the lookout for something a little more “over-the-top”, found that you could make all four buttons stay in if you pressed them just right. What resulted was a very aggressive sound that had some elements of the unit’s 20:1 ratio, but with an unusual knee and new envelope shape. Somewhere along the line, someone called it “British Mode”, and the name stuck.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe EL8-X has the advantage of being able to selectively apply this aggressive characteristic - not just to the new “British” ratio (1:1) - to any of the ratios, simply by engaging the dedicated “British Mode\" switch.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7437-4\" class=\"product_subhead clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7437\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIMAGE LINK\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"u7340-4\" class=\"page_text clearfix colelem\" data-muse-uid=\"U7340\" data-muse-type=\"txt_frame\" data-ibe-flags=\"txtStyleSrc\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original Distressor stereo link function used a summing and phase detection method, which allowed slight stereo image shifting.  Although frequently desirable for its phase correction, and its “thickening” on open room mics and other stereo sources, this approach can sometimes be a problem on stereo program material where the producer\/engineers want to maintain absolute left\/right balance at all times. With the new “Stereo Image Link” option, the EL8-X now has three link options - the original “phase” link, the new Image Link and the combination of the two, phase and image linking - something never before offered on any compressors or limiters.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eGO STEREO\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor 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, ELI 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eTechnical Specs\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Freq. response is 2 Hz to 160 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB). Response is shaped in distortion modes (Dist 2, Dist 3).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Distortion ranges between .02% and 20% depending on distortion mode and release times set on front panel.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• DC coupled output - High quality input caps.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Input impedance is 20K Ohms, Output impedance is \u0026lt; 75 ohms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Time constants - Attack range 50uS - 50mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds, normal modes and up to 20 seconds in 10:1 opto mode. Time constants are dependant on ratio.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Metal Chassis - single height 1.75\" high, 10\" deep, 19\" wide.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Shipping info - 12.1 lbs mono, 24.2 lbs Stereo pair. Mono box dimensions 22.5\" x 18.5\" x 3 1\/4\".\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Stereo Pair box dimensions 22.5\" x 18.5\" x 6 1\/4\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e"}