Empirical Labs EL7 FatsoItem ID: Fatso
2-Channel Full Analog Tape Simulator / Optimizer with Compression
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All Beef. No Filler!Saturate and enhance your sound with analog warmth! If you work on HD recorders, DAT's, CDR's, or any other digital medium, the Empirical Labs FATSO Jr. is exactly what you've been waiting for to fatten up your digital. This two channel Full Analog Tape Simulator/Optimizer (FATSO) with Knee Compressor simulates classic recording elements like older tube gear, magnetic tape, and more, giving your sound a warmth, depth and immediacy that's hard to get with pure digital. Both of FATSO Jr.'s channels offer four types of processing. You get Harmonic Generation and Soft Clipper (Distortion generation), High Frequency Saturation, Transformer & Tape Head Emulation, and Classic Knee Compression. Best of all, the FATSO is a fully modern, digitally-controlled processor, so you get that analog tape sound without having to mess around with a real analog recorder. FATSO Jr.'s operation is subtle; you won't hear this machine at work. All you'll hear is great sound.
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Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
by Josev F. from shores of plutoI've used this on basically everything going into the A/D since acquiring it. Definitely fits best first and foremost as a tracking box/drum buss box (i treat it like a fancy distressor w/ fixed comp ... read more [+]settings), but I've also used it for mastering applications, and with the lightest touch, you can really make some magic happen. Love this thing to pieces, it's a beast.
March 12, 2011
Music Background: musician, sound designer, recording engineer
I HIGHLY suggest though that if you are considering buying this box that you take it upon yourself to also purchase a cheap effects unit of some sort with gain control and a reasonably flexible eq (i got a dbx graphic eq); the Fatso has a sidechain input on it for controlling the signal the compressor receives (normally just follows the input which means you can't have more broadband saturation without hitting the comp really hard). Having a gain control element to sidechain into it gives you MUCH more flexibility, and with an EQ in the mix you can drop the lows to the compressor for bigger bass (mastering 101), or even make a simple broadband de-esser. Pretty sweet! :) close [-]
by Lee from Richmond, KYThis makes even the most harsh "digital" sounding recordings sound warm and smooth. I use it to track, mix, and master. It's THAT good. If you do many subtle adjustments of sound with this unit, th... read more [+]e layering effect is very special. It sound "professional" the way professional recordings USED to sound before everything sounded harsh and "in a bucket"." Try it!! close [-]
October 24, 2010
Music Background: Recording Engineer
The "Skinny" on the FATSO
by Matt from GeorgiaI need to be physically restrained from using this on everything because it is so addictive! It's incredibly easy to set up and get to work. Even though the buttons have to be pushed multiple times i... read more [+]n order to access some settings, it's still very easy and doesn't feel cumbersome at all. The compressor settings are all ok, but the buss compression in particular is great, and so easy to use. The buss compressor is very musical and pleasing to listen to. The Tranny feature sounds good on bass frequencies, but my favorite part of the tranny is the extra edge that my electric guitars get from it. The Warmth controls are awesome - drum samples with a little warmth and compression become much more realistic, harsh recordings can be smoothed out, thin tracks can be fattened. The real challenge with the FATSO is to not use it too much - the individual settings may all sound great, but combined, it may be overkill on a lot of material.
September 29, 2006
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer
I've used the FATSO during recording and mixing, but my favorite use so far is for mastering.
The warmth and the tranny can be very very subtle, but when used properly, it's really making a great impact on finished product. I'd definitely recommend this to others. close [-]
by: Charlie Livingston
I love analog sound. I’m a guitar player, and I love all those old grungy-sounding pedals.... read more »
by: Charlie Livingston
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David, Renton, WA
Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso
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