Empirical Labs

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Empirical Labs was started in 1988 and functioned mainly as a recording studio and electronic consulting firm. The founder, Dave Derr, was also employed at the time by Eventide as an audio engineer where he was part of the core design team for the H3000, H3500, and DSP4000. His experience at Eventide proved invaluable for his later work. While w...

Empirical Labs was started in 1988 and functioned mainly as a recording studio and electronic consulting firm. The founder, Dave Derr, was also employed at the time by Eventide as an audio engineer where he was part of the core design team for the H3000, H3500, and DSP4000. His experience at Eventide proved invaluable for his later work. While working alongside Ken Bogdanowicz and Bob Belcher (both now at Sound Toys), Dave was exposed to state of the art engineering and the modern world of digital signal processing (DSP).

The first Empirical Labs product – the Distressor – was designed in 1994, tested and revised for several years, and released in 1996. With over twenty thousand units sold, it has unquestionably become a modern classic. In 1998, Empirical Labs closed the doors of the recording studio to focus on the growing signal processing business. Later that year, the company picked up and moved to a larger facility to meet their increased production requirements.

Today, all Empirical Labs products are still manufactured in the USA and rigorously calibrated and tested by hand.

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  • Empirical Labs DerrEsser EL-DS
    DERRESSER

    The first entry by ELI into the 500 series format, the Empirical Labs DerrEsser is a multi function dynamic filtering device. Available in vertical or horizontal versions.  A perfect fit for our EL500 powered rack. In its basic “DS” mode, it is an effective, level insensitive “de-esser” - a device that will adjust the high frequency gain on overly trebly...

    $684.38
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  • Empirical Labs Distressor EL8
    EL8

    The Empirical Labs Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for audio...

    $1,938.59
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  • Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-S
    EL8S

    The Dual mono version of the Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made...

    $3,465.96
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  • Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X
    EL8X

    The Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for audio engineers all over...

    $1,848.51
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  • Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X-S
    EL8XS

    The Dual mono version of the Distressor EL8X the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for...

    $3,514.91
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  • Empirical Labs DocDerr EL-Rx
    DOCDERR

    One of the newer members of the Empirical Labs family is the DocDerr, a 500 series multi-purpose tone enhancement module that houses six different sections of digitally controlled analog processing.  With over two years of meticulous development and testing behind it, the DocDerr provides an unprecedented combination of power and musicality in a compact,...

    $750.00
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  • Empirical Labs EL500
    EL500

    As far as value, it’s hard to beat 500 Series compatible modules.  Their smaller physical size let you get a lot of performance out of a smaller space, they tend to cost less than their larger counterparts, and – the best part – you can customize your own combinations of them.

    $586.47
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  • Empirical Labs Fatso EL7-X
    FATSO

    No longer the “Jr”, the new Empirical Labs FATSO introduces a new compressor ratio, as well as enhanced interface and display functions and overall reliability Empirical Labs is a full analog tape simulator and optimizer with classic knee compression. New features at a glance• A new ratio “Eleven”, which emulates a favorite classic compressor setting.•...

    $2,544.64
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  • Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ Model EL-Q
    LILFREQ

    As with Empirical Labs’s other signal processors, the Lil FrEQ Equalizer takes a somewhat unique approach to its job.  Instead of daisy chaining several equalizers and frequency processors, we combined most of the sound sculpting tools an engineer needs into a compact single rack space box, while still offering the highest performance of any design in its...

    $2,153.00
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  • Empirical Labs Mike-E Model EL-9
    MIKEE

    When the engineering team at Empirical Labs sets out to build a microphone preamp, you can be sure it’ll deliver spectacular sound, be effortless to work, and will provide features unlike any other device in its class. To that end, we proudly present Mike-E, a high performance transformer-coupled mic preamp with a noise floor far below any microphone’s...

    $2,153.00
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  • Empirical Labs Mike-E Model EL-9 Tranny
    MIKEET

    Empirical Labs Mike-E with output transformers. When the engineering team at Empirical Labs sets out to build a microphone preamp, you can be sure it’ll deliver spectacular sound, be effortless to work, and will provide features unlike any other device in its class. To that end, we proudly present Mike-E, a high performance transformer-coupled mic preamp...

    $2,495.68
      No tax