…and the Empirical Labs Distressor has another emulation with the Comprexxor from Ik Multimedia.
The TR5 Comprexxor brings a few added goodies to the table: M/S capabilities, an adjustable sidechain, and additional tone controls for the distortion module.
You can see how it compares to the UAD Empirical Labs Distressor, and where there are differences in the way they are modeled. (Which are pretty apparent.) The most interesting thing I see going on with the TR5 Comprexxor is in the compression curve with the default optical settings (last chart below). There is an unusual bump when it starts compressing. Now sure how that matches to a real EL Distressor, perhaps someone has some info on that. Also, the overall levels increase when engaging the Dist 2 setting, but not with Dist 3.
- It is best to start with everything straight up at unity gain.
- Both the Dist settings will add slightly more compression, so you can may need to tweak adjustments when changing those settings.
- On a stereo mix you can compress the mid more than the sides which can control bassier sounds (if you most of your lows are in the middle). You can also widen the stereo image slightly.
- Go to MAX ratio, drive the compression hard, and then set to full dry. Add more of the wet sound slightly to hear the punch come in.