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Empirical Labs Distressor or FATSO? any opinions?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by user_gamesound, Apr 11, 2001.

  1. user_gamesound

    user_gamesound Active Member

    Looking at getting a Distressor or Fatso for tracking on my DAW -- let me know what you think about either unit.....?
     
  2. Louiseven

    Louiseven Guest

    I have used the EL8 twice now once as two different comps another as stereo pair on my mix bus.
    Amazing boxes. I too record digitally these things perform i,m sure in any pro situation. Have not used the Fatso yet.
     
  3. Greg Malcangi

    Greg Malcangi Member

    Like Louiseven I've not used a Fatso but IMHO it's hard to go wrong with a Distressor. It's a modern classic.

    Greg
     
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I can summ them up like so:

    Distressor (MONO)- Wonder tool of the 90's and onwards (even overtaking the other wonder tool the Finalizer! The Fatso pauses poiltely for it's burial in the christ did we think that was good? hole, then continues on like the Duracell bunny)- an excelent, afforable all rounder with exceptional performance on live drum -Room mic 'crush' duties.

    Fatso (STEREO) - Tape simulator gizmo for folks pissed off with direct to DAW 'no tape anymore' audio, which confusingly, has additional (basic but usefull) compression functions too.

    Pick a unit....

    :)

    Jules
     
  5. Kevin F. Rose

    Kevin F. Rose Active Member

    Originally posted by Julian Standen:


    Fatso (STEREO) - Tape simulator gizmo for folks pissed off with direct to DAW 'no tape anymore' audio, which confusingly, has additional (basic but usefull) compression functions too.



    Jules, good to see you over here! I know originally you weren't impressed with the Fatso but were won over at the last AES smokefest. What changed your mind? Do you have one now? What type of uses does the compression actually have? I understand the Fatso isn't just a compressor... ....would spank serve as a good room mic squasher or is it a brick wall limiting kinda thingamabob without the nuke character.
    By the way I ^#$%ing love the distressor and when I first inquired about one they told me I'd want two. Now I want three... I'd like one for La2ishness and a pair for stereo drum bus and or stunt compression. By the way these things kick on loud guitar, some male vocals and as a snare fattener. ^#$% they do almost everything with some pizzaz sans stereo bus.
     
  6. chris lannon

    chris lannon Guest

    Have you guys got a link for Fatso?.... never heard of it

    :confused:

    Stereo distressor on the 2 mix leaves me ...ugh...distressed... I think it smears the the 2image too much.
     
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Hi kevin!

    I was able to audition the Fatso on a rock gtr... THAT won me over. Previously I had seen it smoosh up some drums on a demo and thought it ... poor. Just peeked over at it at a bad moment I geuss. The second look / trial, convinced me.

    :)

    I will get one, just a matter of time...

    :)

    Jules

    I had been using a SSL comp on overheads, perhaps the Fatso will do me better, perhaps it will be needed on Kick n Snare more....!!!

    Tracking is a one time thang aint it?

    Ceartainly master GTR overdubs will 'get it"

    :c:

    Jules
     

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