Wow. Did anyone see that Universal Audio released a distressor? This has got to be one of my top 3 favorite compressors EVER. My first question was if it was the same thing as the Arouser, (which Empirical Labs own version of that plugin). I picked up the EL Arouser several months ago and have bene using it ever since. The UAD is $300, which is really a lot, for a single compressor, but I’m going to be watching closely during black Friday
Here’s my suspicion. An educated guess on the UAD distressor vs the EL distressor. I’m very familiar with the sound of the hardware units, and I have no doubt the UAD is going to be more true to the hardware unit. I found myself parking the Empirical Labs plug on the 3:1 and 4:1 the majority of the time, which to me, sounded more like the 2:1 and the 3:1 on the hardware unit. And overall, it didn’t quite have the magic the hardware unit does on the 6:1 and 10:1. I suspect that UAD version will shine on these settings, particularly because UAD is specifically hyping the famous 6:1 and 10:1 settings in their advertising. For those of you who have never used the hardware unit, those are sort of the equivalent of the ‘all buttons in’ mode on the 1176. In the fact that everybody seems to love them.
I also suspect the Nuke setting will be much more detailed.
But wait a sec…how is it possible that UAD would actually create a more authentic Distressor, than EL who MADE the Distressor? Something to keep in mind is that EL states that they didn’t exactly WANT to carbon-copy the hardware unit. I dunno. To me, the carbon copy would have been appreciated.
I think UAD is just killing it with hardware emulation. Apart from them, I would say there’s only a small handful of plugins I really admire for their authenticity. The Boz Bendeth compressor, the Waves DPR 402, the Kush Clariphonic, and the Slate Red 3…for example. I have the 15 day trial version downloaded and installed. I won’t have time to try that UAD Distressor until Tuesday, but I’m looking forward to putting it through the ringer on a rock mix coming up.