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Empirical Labs Arousor Compressor Plugin

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Product Code: AR1-RTL

It’s been 20 years since Empirical Labs released its first compressor, The Distressor. From those early days on, Empirical Labs has been bombarded with requests for a great compressor plugin for those working in the box… and it had to be one with the creamy sound and ease-of-use of our own award winning hardware compressors. We are sure you will find the 20-year wait worth it!

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? But it is difficult getting everything right up to that 20KHz, especially at sample rates of 48KHz and below.

As this plugin 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.

The first implementation of this plugin is “skeuomorphic”, i.e tries to imitate the look and feel of real world stuff. In this case, it is the look and feel of Empirical Labs hardware. But in Digital, a whole universe opens up with interfaces. Suddenly things you could never do in the hardware world becomes simple. It’s a wonderland.

The best part of getting this plugin now, is that more features are coming, including new processing and interface changes, but… the plugin will be backwards compatible. Buy now and get these updates for free until 2020!


    • WINDOWS 7 - 10 now fully supported.

    • AAX-DSP for the MAC and WINDOWS, and a new Venue version, qualified by Avid

    • Greater efficiency, especially in Pro Tools AAX. 1/3rd of the CPU usage.

    • Greatly increased Bargraph accuracy. Makes matching a Distressor sound much easier.

    • Preset Sharing Function - Works across all platforms and makes it easy to share.

    • Backwards Compatible with Rev 1.0. Won't "break" your past mixes.

    • Graphic and Interface Improvements - New colors, and 3d Depth

    • Our first "Expert" Button appears for the BLEND Section. Offers Dry Lvl Trim, below.

    • New Dry Lvl Trim control, allowing perfect Dry and Compressed level matching.

    • Even more Presets, some from Famous Engineers

    • Refined markings for matching Distressor Detector settings.

    • Higher resolution readout on Det BP BW. Reads to .01 places.

    • More support for Control Surfaces, including new Venue systems, like S3L and S6L.


    • 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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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
It's what you use to get professional results July 30, 2018
Reviewer: Frank V. Farrell from Kansas City, MO United States  
I love what it does to drums but also I love what it can do to vocals.  There's nothing else like it.

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Easily one of the best for colour and tone July 24, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Belgium  
I have tried out allot of different compressor plugins
in my life and have yet to come across something that gives the unique experience of the Arousor .
it's becoming my favorite for everything from mixbus to individual channels .

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the monster June 21, 2018
Reviewer: sebastien lorho from Lanmeur, Bretagne France  
Excellent enfin un un bon compresseur en plug in
(Excellent, finally a good compressor plug in
Thank you)

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Buen plugin (Good plugin) June 21, 2018
Reviewer: Gabriel Anabalón from Machalí, Rancagua Chile  
Cumple su trabajo de manera similar al distressor, es un aporte al trabajo en mac, además su consumo de recursos no es excesivo.
(It fulfills its work in a similar way to the distressor, it is a contribution to the work in mac, besides its consumption of resources is not excessive.)

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5 Stars June 12, 2018
Reviewer: Shay Hecht from Hod Hasharon, Hamerkaz Israel  
5 Stars

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