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hhuang9611
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204 posts since 28 Feb, 2018, from USA

Postby hhuang9611; Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:13 am Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Hi guys,

If you don't know this, Empirical labs has their Arousor compressor on sale for half of the price. I look through some reviews and they are all very positive. Unfortunately, I may not be able to demo this plugin before the sale ends, so I would really appreciate it if somebody can share some thoughts. Thanks in advance :tu:
bbtr
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385 posts since 21 Nov, 2005

Postby bbtr; Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:18 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Grab it now!
axb312
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Postby axb312; Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:15 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Waiting for it to be ilok free...
badass_billy
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63 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Postby badass_billy; Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:49 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

axb312 wrote:Waiting for it to be ilok free...


Ditto.
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Endor-8o8
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863 posts since 29 Apr, 2012, from Paris

Postby Endor-8o8; Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:21 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Bought it at JRR this morning. Finally a price I can justify. Can't wait to use it when I'll be back home.
300 bucks was too high for me but $134 is just right !
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Etienne1973
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285 posts since 7 Feb, 2013, from Switzerland

Postby Etienne1973; Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:58 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIY31lSxWfY

Question: What do you think after carefully listening this comparison?
bbtr
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385 posts since 21 Nov, 2005

Postby bbtr; Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:41 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

1. Arousor is not an emulation of the Distressor.
2. In older versions the meter was not correct, got fixed recently.

So 1+2 = any comparisons by settings or meter are moot.

3. Of course he is not going to kill off his hardware product, so...
hhuang9611
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204 posts since 28 Feb, 2018, from USA

Postby hhuang9611; Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:35 am Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Alright, I think I will grab this one. However, I am gonna wait for a day or two to see if plugindiscounts.com offers better deal. (Usually, it offers cheapest price among all the dealers) If not, I will give Uncle E some business :phones:
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Endor-8o8
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863 posts since 29 Apr, 2012, from Paris

Postby Endor-8o8; Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:13 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

hhuang9611 wrote:Alright, I think I will grab this one. However, I am gonna wait for a day or two to see if plugindiscounts.com offers better deal. (Usually, it offers cheapest price among all the dealers) If not, I will give Uncle E some business :phones:


If you do so, use the "forum" coupon to get it at $134. :wink:
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Beatworld
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426 posts since 30 Dec, 2010, from Perth

Postby Beatworld; Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:02 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

axb312 wrote:Waiting for it to be ilok free...

Never going to happen.

Fantastic ITB Compressor, absolute bargain at this price.
Zexila
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Postby Zexila; Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:11 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Beatworld wrote:Fantastic ITB Compressor, absolute bargain at this price.


What is DC8C than, don't question quality of this plugin, but bargain, not.
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badass_billy
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63 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Postby badass_billy; Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:30 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

There's too many other good software compressors out there to concern myself with one that requires me to plug a small device in to my machine in order to use it. A device which, by the way, could easily be misplaced or damaged, and using a port that could very well be completely antiquated in five years.

I can't wait until USB is replaced by something (most likely thunderbolt but who can keep up?), and iLok goes belly-up or is sold off to a company who decides to abandon it because it's not profitable. Then everyone and their brother will be scouring the web for cracked versions of their "bargain at any price" software.

EL are a day late and a dollar short to their own party. Arousor is an uninspiring offering by a hardware company who clearly considers software an afterthought, but rushed something to market anyway just so they wouldn't completely miss their own boat.
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Postby Funkybot's Evil Twin; Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:05 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

badass_billy wrote:There's too many other good software compressors out there to concern myself with one that requires me to plug a small device in to my machine in order to use it. A device which, by the way, could easily be misplaced or damaged, and using a port that could very well be completely antiquated in five years.

I can't wait until USB is replaced by something (most likely thunderbolt but who can keep up?), and iLok goes belly-up or is sold off to a company who decides to abandon it because it's not profitable. Then everyone and their brother will be scouring the web for cracked versions of their "bargain at any price" software.

EL are a day late and a dollar short to their own party. Arousor is an uninspiring offering by a hardware company who clearly considers software an afterthought, but rushed something to market anyway just so they wouldn't completely miss their own boat.


I keep hearing that Thunderbolt is going away (Apple is said to be ditching it) and USB-C is going to be taking over. The good news: USB-C is compatible with USB 3 ports, so I don't expect the iLok hardware to suddenly become obsolete.

Back on topic, here's a great Arousor tip: let's say you set your input/output, ratio, attack and release and everything sounds great but you want to really maximize your volume and shave off the peaks. Start increasing the saturation knob until you're kissing the yellow and watch with a PPM meter as the peaks disappear without killing the source and puch. Works great on drums and percussion and will helps improve the perceived loudness of a mix.
MogwaiBoy
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2638 posts since 26 Nov, 2015, from Way Downunder

Postby MogwaiBoy; Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:15 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

This should be the full price cost.
axb312
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143 posts since 25 Aug, 2017

Postby axb312; Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:56 pm Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Beatworld wrote:
axb312 wrote:Waiting for it to be ilok free...

Never going to happen.

Fantastic ITB Compressor, absolute bargain at this price.


Definitely needs to happen....

Else never going to buy this...and I buy there are a lot of people in the same boat...
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