Empirical Labs Inc. designs and produces professional audio equipment and software. This includes equipment used in recording studios, live sound, broadcast studios and other audio production facilities etc. They also make software for digital signal processors. The Distressor
, which is Empirical's first hardware product, was designed in 1994, tested and revised for several years, and released in early 1996. The Distressor is the first in a series of audio products from ELI that offers original features, ease of use, long product life, and a very musical audio path.