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“The Arousor is a compressor plugin without equal!  Instantly exciting and instantly musical. There’s no turning back!” – Greg Wells

The Arousor LT is a miniature version of the Arousor Classic Knee Compressor plug-in by Empirical Labs, with a stripped-down user interface, but all the sound of the full version. The ratios were carefully selected to offer a wide range of usable sounds with any audio source. Those familiar with the Arousor will notice LED bargraphs for “AtMod” and “Saturation”, which have fixed settings in the Arousor LT. For full control over these parameters, and more, upgrade to the full Arousor!

Features

Attack Modification

The attack modification slows down the initial slope of the attack envelope to add just a little bit more of the transient back into the track.

AtMod is a fixed setting on the Arousor LT, and is set to “3” as opposed to the Arousor’s default value of “2”.

Colorful Saturation

Add some vintage-style harmonic distortion to any track with the soft clipper. Whether you are looking for subtle or extreme amounts of total harmonic distortion, the soft clipper will deliver.

Detector Sidechain
high-pass

A simple, yet incredibly useful 110Hz High-Pass filter is included to remove low frequencies from triggering the compression detector.

hand-picked ratios

The three compression ratios were carefully selected to offer the user a wide range of useable sounds from the Arousor LT on any audio source. The 1:1 ratio is included to allow users to drive the saturation without compression.

What features come with an upgrade?

  • Full control over the AtMod and Saturation parameters
  • Access to ALL of the 12 ratios, including RIVET and two new ratios (6.5:1 and 7:1) which can be selected by enabling “ALT” mode in the ratio section. Also included are two OPTO Modes based on the time constants of a classic and a modern LA2A.
  • Soft Clipper Expert Panel that allows for introducing more second harmonic distortion and the ability to place the compressor input before or after the soft clipper circuit.
  • Advanced Detector Sidechain EQ which includes a listen mode to hear what frequencies are affecting the compression detector.
  • Three extra Stereo-Link modes. (Arousor LT is set to “Image Link”, the default Arousor Link mode)
  • Blend Control that allows mixing between Dry and Wet signals.

Click here to upgrade to the full Arousor

Testimonials

"It was immediately like greeting a friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years! Oh how I remember that sound, and the Arousor plug-in has taken it a step further. Allowing me to re-create the “SPANK” I was using with the EL-8 during the 90’s and 00’s, but with the detector sidechain EQ, giving me the flexibility to get deep into controlling how much spank and how I want to blend it.”
Tom Lord-Alge
Sum 41, Goo Goo Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, etc.
“I didn’t think the Distressor could be ‘improved’, but now Dave has come up with the Attack Modification and the Soft Clipping controls, not to mention the crazy sidechain options…”
John Paterno
Robbie Williams, Lustra, Robben Ford, Bonnie Raitt, etc.
“The plugin is a game changer ITB. I have for a very long time been a fan of the Distressor on snare and now I have that again. Nothing compares and on the mix I'm doing I went from feeling really good about it… to killer.”
Jacquire King
Artic Monkeys, James Bay, Modest Mouse, etc.
"The Arousor is a compressor plugin without equal! Instantly exciting and instantly musical. There's no turning back!"
Greg Wells
Katy Perry, Twenty One Pilots, OneRepublic, etc.
“Wow - right off the bat - I love this thing. All the sonic characteristics of the best hardware, only more control, more color options. Handles every approach toward compression with great style, character, and when wanted, excitement. The attack modification and side chain eq are fantastic additions. Like three plug-ins in one. Plus, the x-factor…it just sounds great.”
Bob Power
A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, Bobby McFerrin, etc.

Try the Arousor LT for Free for 15 days.

• Download the Arousor LT Installer at the link the link below.
• Install the Arousor LT and click “TRY” the first time it is opened.
• Activate the Arousor LT to an iLok USB or iLok Cloud.

Free

Own It

Buy the Arousor LT on our store.

• When you purchase the Arousor LT from our online store you get 1 license with 2 activations when you redeem your activation code.
• Get free upgrades and support.
• Activate the Arousor LT to an iLok USB or iLok Cloud.

$49.00

Hear the Difference

↳ Drums - Dry

↳ Drums - Default Preset (5-8 dB Gain Reduction)

↳ Drums - PUMMELED KIK SN Preset (10-15 dB Gain Reduction)

↳ Drums - RIVET EXTREME Preset (20 dB Gain Reduction)

↳ Drums - RIVET EXTREME Preset (Blend set to 2)

↳ Drums - Only Saturation (Soft Clipper set to 8)

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FAQs

Not anymore! Now, you can activate the Arousor to iLok Cloud!

Arousor Rev 3 is free for all current Arousor users. All you have to do is download the latest installer from the downloads page.

Yes and no. The Arousor is more of an evolution of the Distressor than it is an emulation because it has much more advanced features like the AtMod and the Soft Clipper.

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