A few years ago, several developers known for hardware emulations took their shots at replicating the venerable Empirical Labs Distressor. Over a week or two, we had a new Distressor plug-in almost every day, and each was supposed to be the most realistic one ever. Slate Digital even went as far as to challenge owners of the original hardware to an exhaustive comparison. All the marketing babble aside, it was a commendable pursuit, with convincing emulations of the notably tricky hardware compressor demonstrating how far analog modeling had come.
At the time, IK Multimedia chose not to jump on the bandwagon for some reason. Today, it released T-RackS Comprexxor. Better late than never, right?
IK Multimedia T-RackS Comprexxor
As anyone familiar with the Distressor would expect, the Comprexxor features 8 selectable ratios with some of them representing classic analog compressor designs. Each ratio has its own threshold setting ranging from no compression to brick-wall limiting. It can also work as a traditional opto-compressor with adjustable attack and release controls.
The Distressor is also a formidable analog saturation box with second and third order harmonic distortion, an aspect recreated by the plug-in as well. Additionally, the sidechain section has two adjustable filters to home in on the exact frequency range you want to process.
Price and availability
T-RackS Comprexxor is on sale for EUR 100 (EUR 120 including VAT). It’s available within the standalone T-RackS CS application and as a VST2, VST3, AAX, and AU plug-in for 64-bit Windows and Mac computers. Comprexxor can be trialed for 14 days from the free T-RackS CS application.
Until May 25 2021, IK Multimedia is selling the rest of its T-RackS series processors at a heavily discounted EUR 25 each. If you are shopping for the Comprexxor, you might as well take advantage of the offers.