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Welcome to the new Empirical Labs website

We are so excited to introduce you to our new and improved website! Things look a little different, don’t they? Don’t worry everything is still here; it just might be in a slightly different place than it used to be. Here are some of the

Quest for the Invisible De-Esser

Empirical Labs uses an unusual De-Esser and HF (high frequency) limiter circuit in two of their products, the Lil FrEQ and the DerrEsser.  Folks often ask why the circuit is so invisible and easy to use, having only one threshold control and one corner frequency

Comp Mode De-emphasis Sidechain Tricks

We occasionally get questions about the note in Pet Tricks of using the COMP MODE Sidechain De-emphasis in an alternative way. When Emphasis is turned on, it emphasizes high frequencies before compression, then compresses and distorts, and then flattens out the high frequencies again by

Stereo Image Link Tips and Tricks

The original Distressor stereo link implementation used a summing and phase detection method which allowed stereo image shifting. “Image shifting” occurs when the interchannel balance (the relative volume between Left and Right channels) changes during compression. Although known for its phase correction, and its “thickening”

Brit Mode Tips and Tricks

The original concept of the “British Mode” came from an unusual setting on the classic UREI LN1176 limiter. The unit was designed to have only four ratios, each ratio being engaged by selecting one of four buttons. However, as early as 1980 (or before), renegade