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T-RackS Comprexxor Empirical Labs Distressor Emulation

It's being called the Swiss Army Knife of Compressors

The T-RackS Comprexxor is here!


A popular debate among engineers is over the desert island compressor. The one compressor that’s either so flexible or so essential to their sound that if needed, they could use it on every project. In all these discussions, one name comes up over and over as perhaps the most flexible compressor available.

The new T-RackS Comprxxsor pays homage to this modern classic, a Swiss Army Knife of compressors that’s been heard on countless hit records since its release in 1996.

Check out the full Comprexxor Review

What is Comprexxor?

T-RackS Comprexxor begins with a choice of eight vintage and modern ratio curves, each offering distinct control over dynamics. The 1 to 1 ratio offers gentle warming, and 2 to 1 and other lower ratios offer a silky smooth feel with long knees or get more aggressive with higher ratios. Engage the max ratio for dramatic brick wall limiting that’s captivating on drums and more.


An Optical mode emulates a classic Opto Compressor to liven up any element in the mix.

For distinctive grit and character, GB mode emulates the classic 1176 ‘All in’ sound, but lets you apply that unique aggression to any ratio.

Lastly, Comprxxsor preserves the ‘stereo link’ of the original unit but adds mid-side processing.

Ok, What Else?

Beyond compression ratios and settings Comprxxsor also offers selectable 2nd and 3rd order harmonic saturation. 2nd order harmonics offer a more Tube-like sound. While 3rd order harmonics provide a more tape-like sound.

This makes Comprexxor ideal for adding vintage warmth in any style with both a tone knob and a high pass filter to dial in the exact effect.

Improving on the original hardware, Comprexxor offers the same high pass and bandpass sidechain filters, but now with adjustable frequencies for more precise control.


Comprexxor being part of the T-RackS family allows you to use it as a standalone plugin or within the T-RackS shell for the most powerful multiple processor chains you can imagine with the widest range of capabilities.

The new T-RackS Comprexxor is truly the Swiss Army Knife of Compressors.

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