Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

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hhuang9611
KVRist
286 posts since 1 Mar, 2018 from USA

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:13 am

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
Banned
410 posts since 21 Nov, 2005

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:18 am

Grab it now!

axb312
KVRist
160 posts since 25 Aug, 2017

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:15 am

Waiting for it to be ilok free...

badass_billy
KVRist
91 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:49 am

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

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Endor-8o8
KVRian
866 posts since 29 Apr, 2012 from Paris

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:21 am

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 !
"It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a sheep."

Etienne1973
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293 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:58 am

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

Question: What do you think after carefully listening this comparison?

bbtr
Banned
410 posts since 21 Nov, 2005

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:41 am

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
KVRist
286 posts since 1 Mar, 2018 from USA

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:35 am

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
KVRian
866 posts since 29 Apr, 2012 from Paris

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:13 pm

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:
"It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a sheep."

Beatworld
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438 posts since 31 Dec, 2010 from Perth

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:02 pm

axb312 wrote:Waiting for it to be ilok free...
Never going to happen.

Fantastic ITB Compressor, absolute bargain at this price.

Zexila
KVRAF
3090 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:11 pm

Beatworld wrote:Fantastic ITB Compressor, absolute bargain at this price.
What is DC8C than, don't question quality of this plugin, but bargain, not.
This entire forum is wading through predictions, opinions, barely formed thoughts, drama, and whining. If you don't enjoy that, why are you here? :D ShawnG

badass_billy
KVRist
91 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:30 pm

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.

Funkybot's Evil Twin
KVRAF
5675 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:05 pm

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
KVRAF
2741 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:15 pm

This should be the full price cost.

axb312
KVRist
160 posts since 25 Aug, 2017

Re: Empirical Labs Arousor is on sale for $149, worth getting?

Post Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:56 pm

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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