Disto-S is the best, complete emulation of one of the most classic and loved mixing device. It was designed as an emulation of a Distressor by Empirical Labs.

Main features:

  • Best emulation of a hardware Distressor unit.
  • Several compression modes.
  • UK mode (British mode).
  • Knee compression.
  • Hottitude control. Set headroom and saturation independently from dynamic control.
  • Sample aligned Dry-Mix control.
  • New Auto-Gain option! Engage it to make output gain controls match the original audio level.
  • Preset sharing feature: copy settings from the plugin to the clipboard and back.

Download it from your user area as VST for Windows 32/64 bit and VST/AU for Mac 32/64 bit.

Also available as AAX/Native/DSP 32/64 bit for Avid Pro Tools.

DSP version: 7 instances on a single DSP chip!

MSRP: 299$
Special AES launch price: 49.99$ (all formats, including AAX-DSP).

VST/AU/AAX 49.99$

Available as VST, AU and AAX-native/DSP, for 32 and 64 bit systems, on OSx and Windows platforms. Updates: Oct 23th 2017: VST/AU/Win/Mac/32/64 bit versions updated – Autogain on missing hosts. – Oct 21 2017: AAX/Nativa/DSP/Win/Mac/32/64 updated online – Fixes.

Note: All textual, visual and aural references to the Distressor and the FATSO Jr (Empirical Labs’ products) and use of certain Empirical Labs’ trademarks are being made with written permission from Empirical Labs.

Note for v.2 users: This new version is called Disto-S (simpler interface, highly optimized, includes AAX-DSP). v.2 will become Disto-R, will include the new algorithm contained in Disto-S and will be available in the same single package shortly.

You can also check the new (Mac VST3/AU, including Apple-silicon native) Beta for Disto v.3 (will be a free update for existing users. Get Disto NOW!). See the included txt file for instructions:

Disto v.3 Mac VST3/AU BETA

(Updated 27 Oct 2022 – new Hottitude range option)

VST3 for Windows BETA available, too:

Disto v.3 Win VST3 BETA

(Updated 26 Oct 2022 – new Hottitude range option)

Disto v.3 Mac AAX BETA

(Updated 08 Nov 2022)

Disto v.3 Win AAX BETA

(Updated 08 Nov 2022)

Please refer to the older v.2 manual to understand how to use the Beta: