There are tens of thousands of hit records out there with Distression (not to mention our other products) all over them! From Pavarotti to Nine Inch Nails, our products can be heard in almost every form of music, live sound and film production.  Thanks to all our loyal customers for helping make Empirical Labs products such a success!


In semi-Aphabetical order:


A Perfect Circle & Billy Howerdell

Aerosmith - (Joe Perry owns 8 Distressors)

Al Schmidt - Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jefferson Airplane, Steely Dan, Toto, Nora Jones,

Alanis Morrisette

Angela Piva - Mary J Blige, Naughty by Nature, Janet Jackson

Ashes dIvide - Billy Howerdel's latest project

Billy Howerdel

Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Niacin, David Lee Roth)

Bob Clearmountain - Journey, Bryan Adams, Stones, Springstein, etc, etc, etc!

Bob Dylan

Bob Powers

Bon Jovi

Brendan O'Brien -Producer Mixdown Engineer (Thanks for helping us out with Fatso, too Brendan!)

Bruce Calder - (Electric Lady Studios, Degeneration)

Butch Vig



Chris Lord Alge - Stones, Prince, Springsteen, Madonna, Green Day, Dave Mathews, My Chemical Romance, Hinder, etc

Chuck Ainlay

Clair Brothers - the first reinforcement company to use us large & live! Thanks!

Cold Play

Craig Melvin (Gloria Estefan)

Creed - Eight Distressors on their 2003 tour

D & D Studios NYC

Daniel Lanois

Dave Hewitt - Remote Recording Services

Dave Matthews - thanks for putting the Lil FrEQ front-and-center on your live vocals Dave - sounds awesome !

David Kahne

Death Cab for Cutie


Dolly Parton

Don Was

Dust Brothers (John King)

Ed Cherney - (Also a first Fatso User! You made a difference in us going ahead with it, Ed)

Ed Kowalcyzk - Live

Eddie Kramer - Thanks Ed. Love the Hendrix Photos!

Effanel Remote recording - Randy Ezratty, 2003 Grammys

Elton John


Eric Schilling - Gloria Estefan, John Secada

Finn Halle - Germany

Fiona Apple

Five Towns College (6 Distressors!!)

Fleetwood Mac

Fletcher (Mercenary Audio) who "invited" us (more or less made us!) to show the EL8 for the first time at his booth at the 1996 NYC AES - Thanks Fletch

Full Sail School for the Recording Arts

George Massenburg - One of our very first users (along with Nate Kunkel)

Goo Goo Dolls

Greg Calbi - Sterling Sound

Gungi Patterson


Jason Slater - Snake River Conspiracy

Jay Baumgartner - NRG Studios

Jay Gordon - Producer, Lead Vocalist of Orgy

Jerry Harrison - Live, Verve Pipe, (We Love Ya Jerry! - 12 Distressors!!)

Jerry Only - The Misfits

Joe Berisi

Joe Chicarelli - Frank Zappa, Hole, Beck, U2, among others

Joe Satriani

John Agnello - Producer, Engineer, Mixer

John Kurzweg - Creed

John McBride at Blackbird Studios - 8 Distressors, 4 Fatsos, 2 Lil FrEQs and counting!! Thanks John, Vance and Rollf

John Paterno

John Patterson - Thanks John for helping us create the Distressor and coming up with the name "Nuke" when 200: 1 just didn't have the right ring to it.

John Sicket

Josh Abraham (Orgy, Staind, Korn, Limp Bizkit)

Judy Saiya

Julien - K

Kevin Killen

Kip Winger

Kooster McAllister - Record Plant Remote

Linkin Park

Marc Costanzo, Len

Mark Anthony

Mark Plati - David Bowie

Maroon 5 - Matt Wallace, you rock!

Matt Wallace



Michael Bienhorn

Michael Wilton (Queensrych)

Micheal Brauer - Sony Studios NYC

Mick Gazauski - Mariah Carey, Boyz 2 Men, Toni Braxton, etc.

Mick Hughes - Metallica FOH Engineer

Mike Keating (Sting, Bush, Springsteen live)

Mike Shipley

Millbrook Sound

Mitch Goldfarb

Mutt Lange

N SYNC - All five of them!

Natalie Merchant

Nate Kunkel - you rock Nate!! We love you, keep up the great work.

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue)

Nine Inch Nails - (Keep breakin new ground Trent)

Outsmarting Simon - go Greg!

Paul Tennebekk (Norway's Midwest Audio)

Peter Denenberg

Phil (the Buther) Nicolo (The Stones, Amy Grant, Sting, Aerosmith, Judy Saiya)

Phil Ramone/John Patterson


Real World Studios - (Peter Gabriel's facility in England)

Ricky Martin - (Yes, it's all over "Livin' La Vida Loca")

Roey Shamir - Information Society, Al B Sure

Ross Hogarth - (Jewel, Coal Chamber, Grade 8)

Ryan Hewitt - Engineer Extraordinare

Scott Anthony - Dessau recording, Beastie Boys (gotta luv those wackos!)

Seal - on tour

Sean Beresford (3rd Eye Blind)

Shania Twain

Sheryl Crow

Sound Kitchen - (Thanks Dino and John, for helping in Nashville)



Stone Temple Pilots - thanks guys! (Luvvvvv the new album!)

Sue Shoemaker - Blues Traveler

Tchad Blake - Sheryl Crow, Richard Thompson, Crowded House, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt

The Academy Is

The Police

The Voyager Remote Truck in Paris - thanks Yves!

The Who

Tom Lord Alge - Peter Gabriel, U2, Green Day, Oasis, Verve Pipe, Coldplay, Rolling Stones, Third Eye Blind, etc

Tony Levin


Whitney Houston (in live shows & studio)

Woodland Studios - Robert Solomon (Thanks for turning Nashville on)