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Old 10th January 2003
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There is something groovy about the opto mode on the Distressor, probably because it's so easy to dig in deep with it!

Glancing over at my trakker it's set to optical clean - (I seem to usually choose that for some reason, maybe the clean mode compensates a little more for the overall "softer" sound of the opto) attack around 5.5, rel around 3, knee 4.5, and dig in with the threshhold as much as desired.

This is a common starting point for me, especially for bass and often vocals. The Distressor seems to invite abusing, but the trakker can do some wild stuff too if you push it. Make it work - drop the release to 0, crank the threshold, whatever.

Have fun.