Empirical Labs - Arousor™ 2.0

Arousor™, the first compressor plug-in from Empirical Labs, delivers the same luscious classic knee compression of their award-winning hardware – the Distressor®.

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About The Empirical Labs Arousor™

For over 20 years, producers and engineers have been yearning for a Distressor-In-The-Box and the Arousor delivers that and more.

Not only does the Arousor 2.0 deliver the company's signature Classic Knee compression it also brings much of the coveted non-linearity and character we associate with the hardware

Combine that with Empirical Labs proprietary techniques to minimize common digital artifacts and you are left with an innovative, user-friendly and most importantly, great sounding compression plug-in.


How Does The Arousor Work?

On the surface, the Arousor has a similar look and feel to the Distressor, however, there are a few things that are distinctly different.

There are two new choices for gain reduction – 1.5:1 and 8:1 and the Nuke setting has been replaced by the Rivet setting.

Other state-of-the-art features include proprietary Empirical Labs Detector modeling; broadband Saturator; the unique AtMod Attack Modification Control and an indispensable blend control for parallel compression. Overall, it is a new, innovative, must-have compressor right at your fingertips.

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What People Are Saying
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. Thanks!
- Jacquire King
(Kings Of Leon, James Bay, Tom Waits, Of Monsters and Men, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse)


  • Empirical Labs' Classic Knee Compression
  • Proprietary Empirical Labs High Resolution Detector Modeling
  • Broadband Saturator for impressive peak control
  • Rivet brick wall ratio — ideal for room mics and skimming peaks
  • AtMod™ Attack Modification Control. Changes the shape and length of the initial attack
  • Highpass and bandpass sidechain EQ
  • Blend Control for parallel compression
  • 18 Lock n Load Presets

Never Settle For Imitation When You Can Have Innovation

Try the Arousor™ with an introductory pricing of $4.99/month or $49.99/year with FREE updates for the life of your subscription.

iLok 2 or 3 USB key required for license activation

Arousor™ is a trademark, and Distressor® is a registered trademark of Empirical Labs, Inc for their brand of audio signal processors.