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Studio Recording Plugins - 

Mike e Channel Strip

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EL-9 Mike-E Comp


General Description

A preamp full of crunchy distortion, a multi-stage soft-clipping circuit saturator, and a compressor based on the ELI Distressor—all in one native plug-in.

Versatile tonal coloring that replicates the coolest characteristics of vintage analog recording equipment


Precisely modeled in close collaboration with Dave Derr,

Empirical Labs Mike-E Comp offers high-caliber, one-of-a-kind saturation/compression based on the famous ELI Distressor.

A punchy preamp that's available before the CompSat circuitry, and three different emphasis modes—plus NUKE!—enable multi-stage distortion and quick changes to the character of the saturation/compression behavior.

Available for the first time as a native plug-in, Mike-E makes it a total blast to go overboard.

And when you do, you’re rewarded with nary a hint of harshness—no matter how far you push it to the extreme. Excess without consequence?

That’s rock & roll. And it's what makes Mike-E your man in the box

Studio Role

DAW MOTU 8pre input preamp/compressor Channel Strip

Plugin Type


Item Cost


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Channel Strip

EL-9 Mike-E Comp


Empirical Labs


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