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Empirical Labs EL8-X EL8X Distressor Brit Mod COMPRESSOR DEMO - PERFECT CIRCUIT

Estimated price for orientation: 1 349 $

Category: Empirical Labs E

Brand: Empirical Labs MPN: EL8-X
UPC: 889406171985

  USED FOR A CUSTOMER DEMO. AS NEW IN ORIGINAL BOX. FULL MANUFACTURER WARRANTY.   The EL8-X, from Empirical Labs, is a compressor and limiter with two factory mods already installed. Its compression style adds a very musical character to the sound, making it more full and intelligible. Something that sets apart the EL8-X from other compressors is the digital control, which essentially incorporates other products into one, deciding how a few different circuits interact with each other. This digital control has nothing to do with the actual sound, which is as warm as it can get. With the British Mode mod, it attempts to emulate the UREI LN1176 limiter in an abused state, providing a 20:1 compression ratio with an unusual knee and envelope shape. Although, with further advanced technology, this character can be applied to any ratio of compression. For a versatile unit that can work as a classic compressor/limiter, as well as an emulation of the 1176, the EL8-X is the one stop shop. Features Classic knee sound - With modern noise specs and improved performance. Really grabs Programmable analog distortion/warmth - helpful in the pristine but unforgiving digital world. Three audio modes providing user programmable, warm harmonic distortion. Emphasized tube-like, 2nd harmonic in clean and Distort 2 mode. In Distort 3 mode, the distortion becomes dominated by 3rd harmonic, more similar to tape Distortion indicator lights - A 1% LED and a "Redline" (3%) LED. No hard clipping until a few dB past "Redline" Advanced built-in sidechain EQ - High mid band emphasis prevents harsh, edgy guitars or vocals from hurting innocent ears. Low cut keeps the low "sum & difference" frequencies from pumping the upper frequencies of source material Fool proof operation - Even though there are 384 possible settings (not counting knob settings), it's almost impossible to get a bad sound. Keep all knobs on 5 or 6 (around middle) with ratio at 6:1 and you won't go wrong Eight unique curves - 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 release shape. Most exceptional is the 10:1 "Opto" ratio which uses separate circuitry to emulate the oldest (and valued) "light controlled" devices, such as the LA2A etc. See manual to emulate other compressors of old Discrete and integrated combination - the best of speed/linearity with repeatability. Hand tested & selected components Huge knobs with high resolution numbering - For easy readability and repeatable settings. They also go to 10 1/2  Locked, calibrated, output level - Allows speed in setting tape and live mix levels Stereo Strappable Switchable 110/220 volt operation - Extra fuse provided inside unit Over design power supplies - Runs cool, allowing cabinet to be sealed - without heat vents. Long life components Single height and light weight - Classic sound in a small, extremely reliable package True bypass - Know what it's really doing. All contacts doubled up for maximum reliability. No internal audio connectors XLR and 1/4" phone ins and outs - XLR fully balanced, transformerless design, pin 2 hot. Changeable by user to pin 3 hot All metal film and Roederstein resistors in the audio path - top quality components. Many mil spec. parts Interface and features found nowhere else Hand wired, calibrated in USA
  NEW GEAR We are authorized dealers for a number of great companies which back their products with standard warranties We extend this warranty period for 1 year beyond the manufacturer's as a token of our gratitude for shopping with us  :) We want to make sure that you don't get stuck with a lemon and will either replace or have the unit repaired by an authorized service center on our dime. We offer a 30 day return policy "no questions asked". Unless the item is defective, you will be subject to a 15% restocking fee.    USED GEAR All gear is tested prior to listing for sale. Any know issues will be mentioned in the item description. We work extremely hard to make sure that you have piece of mind when buying pre owned gear.  You will have 14 days from receipt of the item to test and make sure that everything meets your expectations.  If the item is found to be defective we will cover return shipping. You must contact us to set up the RMA.  Any used items returned for reasons other than functionality (within this 14 days) will be subject to a 20% restocking fee.    We will bend over backwards to make sure that you are happy with your purchase. If you have any issues or questions at all please email or call.  We are happy to assist!

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