The Empirical Labs Distressor is a highly-revered hardware compressor known for its impressive versatility. The Arousor plug-in is where Empirical Labs recreate the unit in software and explore the many possibilities to improve offered by the digital environment. So the Arousor is not a straight-up Distressor emulation, but more of an evolution. Version 3 of the plug-in is out now and available at an introductory price until April 8, 2021. The manufacturer’s Big FrEQ parametric equalizer plug-in is also on sale.
Empirical Labs Arousor v3
New in Arousor v3 are two Opto compression modes – A and B. They are based on vintage and modern Teletronix LA-2A units. Another new feature is the Soft Clipping expert panel which lets you apply second harmonic distortion and place the compressor input stage before or after the soft clipping circuit. Also new is the Listen mode where you can hear the frequencies affecting the detector sidechain EQ’s compression detector. Furthermore, additional 6:5:1 and 7:1 ratios are possible by enabling ALT mode in the Ratio section. Finally, the user interface can be enlarged to double its original size. These are all significant improvements worthy of a major release.
Price and availability
The Arousor 3 update is delivered for free to existing owners. The plug-in can be purchased at an introductory price of USD 129, down from USD 199. The offer is good until April 8, 2021. A 15-day trial version can be downloaded from the Empirical Labs website. A free iLok account is required for authorization via iLok Cloud or iLok 2 and 3 USB dongles. Arousor is available in AAX, AU, VST2 and VST3 formats for 64-bit Windows and Mac computers.
Also on sale until April 8, 2021 is Empirical Labs’ BIG FrEQ parametric equalizer plug-in. Its price is reduced to USD 129 from USD 149. You can read more about it here.