Empirical Labs Arousor: Revision 2.0 + $100 Off Sale Empirical Labs Arousor: Revision 2.0 + $100 Off Sale
Empirical Labs Arousor: Revision 2.0 + $100 Off Sale
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ELI Arousor gets Rev 2.0 Update

The closest thing you can get to an authentic Distressor plugin just got a serious overhaul for Mac, with full PC support coming in about a month. Empirical Lab’s own Arousor, though not a 1:1 clone, is easily the closest you can get to the legendary compressor and saturation unit “in the box”. In addition to some graphical/interface upgrades and easier to read (and control) parameter markings, the metering itself received a much-appreciated upgrade. Being that before I always felt like I had to drive the Arousor a little harder and compress a little more to match a Distressor’s processing, it’s now much closer to it’s inspiration. AAX-DSP has also been added, which is a very welcome addition for serious Pro Tools users who can also look forward to deeper D-Command integration. One of the most significant upgrades comes from rev 2.0 uses only 1/3 the CPU of the original, making it much easier to liberally spackle Arousor all over your drums, guitars

and vocals. ELI has also created a preset sharing function to make cross DAW (or even email) plugin sharing much simpler, getting the ball rolling with presets from some world-renowned engineers. While this plugin already had features not present with the hardware, an “expert panel” was added to the wet/dry parallel section. Not only does it let you blend wet and dry signals like before, but it gives users access to a ‘Trim’ knob to control the exact level of the dry signal down to .1dB. With promises of many more “expert panels” to come, free upgrades are promised until 2020 – something other companies should learn from. The purchase also includes 2 full licenses so you aren’t stuck to only using a single computer or iLok (though understandably, they must stay on the same account). The infinitely useful detector circuit’s Q is also tweakable down to .01 now, making it that much more surgical if need be.

Sure to entice first time buyers is the $100 off sale, running ’till 09/30/17, bringing the grand total from $350 to $250. Current owners of Arousor version 1.0 needn’t worry about losing settings on current or past mixes, as revision 2.0 is fully backwards compatible.

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Michael Frasinelli

Studio Owner, Audio Engineer, and Producer based in Nashville, TN, mentored by and working closely with Grammy Award winning Producer, Engineer, and Musician Randy Kohrs. Highly active analog gear habit, with a plugin hobby on the side. DIY audio enthusiast with an interest in all things circuitry.


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