“Incredibly versatile compression and tone….this thing is deep!”
“The ECM-519 is a superb feedback fet compressor, with all the bells and whistles and then some. I’ve commonly used it just for the transformer selections for saturating digital audio material that needed some character. It’s stellar at adding snaps to drums, and the auto-modes work like a charm on finger picked acoustic guitar. And if I ever feel I’ve gone over the edge, the mix knob is there to bring me back to reality. It’s easy to see why it’s nick-named the Empressor!”
“It’s really really good, it’s quick as hell. You can really spank the living fuck outta stuff.”
“The empress compressor is fantastic on drums, I love hitting overheads hard at 6 or 12 to 1 and pulling the mix knob back without using the transformer to keep it clean.”
“what comes to mind immediately is musical, musical.. did I say musical!!”
“The ECM-519 is nearly as versatile as a Distressor for half the price and space. Once again Empress knocks one out of the park. For the win.”
“Since picking up my Empress 519 compressors, there is not a single session that I haven’t used them on. I only wish I had more of them.”
R13,513.41 inc. VAT
Available on back-order
We’ve strived to design a feedback FET compressor with personality, that can excel where plug-ins fall short and seamlessly integrate with your DAW to add some often needed analog warmth. The pleasing FET harmonic distortion, and some transformer saturation options really help to add that analog character.
This compressor is extremely versatile. It’s great on aggressive time settings and applying a lot of gain reduction, but can also be extremely transparent. The auto modes engage two completely separate side-chain circuits that change the way the compressor behaves, giving you sounds that aren’t possible with conventional attack and release settings.
True bypass switching makes meaningful comparisons against the original signal quick and easy, and parallel compression is only a knob twist away. Happy squishing!