Anyone have opinions about el8 vs el8x?
I have 3 Distressors. The EL8x I just use as an EL8. The brit mode option gives the unit an insane number sounds it can pull, and is far more aggressive than the regular EL8 mode not just in ratio curves. But even with all that, the core of the Distressor sound lies in the regular el8 mode, imo anyway.
If vox is a primary concern there are some people (including me) who arnt so hot on the Distressor for vox. It works in some genres, others I'd rather almost anything else... I think it darkens it too much and doesnt add enough mojo. But thats me.
If Vox is your main concern but you need it to do more than that... then I would look at a 76, La3a, or API 525. The 76 works on almost everything and will bring things forward in the mix. The La3a works on vox, bass, gtrs, acoustics, etc and has a wonderfully transparent but pretty sounding compression characteristic on top of having a transformer sound. The API 525 is a FET that works pretty much anywhere an LA3A would and more.... but with a completely different sound, much darker compression characteristic. It also destroys on kick drums & bass.