what are u talking about man - distressor is a compressor/limiter...depending on the ratio you use (1:1 up to NUKE which is hard limiting). I bought an EL8x several months ago coz as far as i could tell it could sound like 1176, LA-2A, fairchild, dbx overeasy etc...plus you can add 2nd order h.d. (tube) or 3rd (tape) - man this piece of gear has really changed my little world! it's so versatile and regarded as a modern classic...i won't be buying an la-2a any time soon...i'll buy another EL8x for sure!!!
I really can't say more!
there is a cool analogy in the info section on mercenary.com which helps explain compression vs limiting...go find it...and buy a distressor while you're at it (no i'm not fletchers mom...or his boy-friend etc).