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Tone DocDerr


Empirical Labs DocDerr is a 500 series multi-purpose tone enhancement module that houses six different sections of digitally controlled analog processing in a compact, easy-to-use format. The first compressor offers Distressor-inspired compression and an extremely musical tape emulation circuit. Add to that a low-noise preamp capable of line or instrument level signals; four sections of EQ (a two-position high pass filter with three parametric bands); and a mix knob that allows blending of the uncompressed EQ signal with the compressed and saturated signal. DocDerr provides an unprecedented combination of power and musicality. Like all ELI 500 series modules, DocDerr is available in vertical and horizontal versions.