Empirical Labs Arousor 2.3

Compressor plugin based on the legendary Distressor with extra features

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Compatible with Pro Tools|HDX Hardware
AAX Native - Compatible with Pro Tools 11 and above
AudioUnits Format VST3 Format
iLok Dongle Required
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Compressor Plugin based on the legendary Distressor with extra features

It's been 20 years since Empirical Labs released its first compressor, The Distressor. From those early days on, Empirical Labs has been bombarded with requests for a great compressor plugin for those working in the box... and it had to be one with the creamy sound and ease-of-use of our own award-winning hardware compressors. We are sure you will find the 20-year wait worth it!

New - Bypass Anything

There are some great features available on the Arousor, but sometimes you don’t want to use all of them. As of Rev 2.2, you can bypass any parameter to closely monitor the changes you are making or achieve a higher level of transparency.

Rivet Mode

Get maximum gain reduction with the Rivet mode along with all of the ratios you know and love from the Distressor. Modeled after the Distressor’s Nuke Ratio, Rivet provides the steepest compression ratio a compressor plugin can provide to slam room mics and more.

Attack Modification

Fine-tune the attack curve of the compression envelope with AtMod. The attack modification knob slows down the initial slope of the attack envelope to add just a little bit more of the transient back into the track. Whether it’s to get a little bit more snap on the snare track or more thump on the electric bass, the AtMod will let the transients through without losing your desired amount of compression.

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 knob merges both of the distortion settings on the Distressor to grant the user complete control of total harmonic distortion without having to adjust the input level of the Arousor.

Advanced Detector Sidechain

Dial in exactly where you want the compression to trigger with 2 bands of sidechain EQ. This advanced detector sidechain EQ expands both of the preset detection filter circuits on the Distressor into a controllable hi-pass and parametric sidechain. Control the exact point on the frequency spectrum where you want compression to be triggered without losing any low-end.

Blend Expert Panel

Sometimes, you need just the right amount of parallel processing. Click the "e" button in the Blend section of the Arousor to open the Expert Panel where you can precisely match the dry level to the processed signal level.

What's New in Rev 2.3

  • Compatible with Mac OS Catalina
  • More efficient and lower CPU usage
  • Cubase 10.5 and AVID VENUE bug fixes
    System Requirements


    • Mac OS 10.7 Lion - 10.15 Catalina
    • iLok 2 or 3 USB Dongle is required



    • Windows 7 or higher.
    •  iLok 2 or 3 USB Dongle is required



    • VENUE version 4.61 and above (latest version is recommended).
    • iLok 2 or 3 USB Dongle is required
    • A spare USB drive to transfer the installer to the console.



    • AAX 64-bit (OSX and Windows)
    • VST2 64-bit (OSX and Windows)
    • VST3 64-bit (OSX and Windows)
    • AU 64-bit (OSX)
    • 32-bit support has been discontinued in Rev 2.3


    Tested DAWs

    • Pro Tools 10.3.5 and above on both Windows and Mac.
    • Cubase 6 and above on both Windows and Mac.
    • Ableton Live 9 and above on both Windows and Mac.
    • Logic Pro 9 and above including Logic’s non-graphical UI.
    • Reaper 5 and above.
    • Supports most control surfaces including tablet controllers