ELI understands that there are people interested in getting their 500 series modules that want the best enclosure/power supply possible for them, so they are glad to pre-load and bundle DerrEsser and DocDerr modules in any mono or stereo combination along with an EL500 rack.
One of the newer members of the Empirical Labs family is the DocDerr, a 500 series multi-purpose tone enhancement module that houses six different sections of digitally controlled analog processing. With over two years of meticulous development and testing behind it, the DocDerr provides an unprecedented combination of power and musicality in a compact, easy to use format. Empirical Labs' first compressor in the API 500 format.
An extremely low-noise preamp capable of working with line level or instrument level signals is followed by four sections of EQ combining a two position high pass filter with three parametric bands, each with its own set of carefully tuned frequency presets. An internal jumper can turn the DocDerr into an unparralled instrument preamp with 16dB of gain, ideal for acoustic guitar, bass, synths, exotic plucked instruments, etc.
When ELI started making their own 500 series products, they looked at the power supplies on the market and couldn't help but notice a need for a better single height dual module rack unit. On other single height rack units, the modules protrude from the front panel, and don't look sturdy or attractive. Power supplies were often noisy, frequently reducing the performance of any module mounted in them. Also, only XLR ins and outs were provided to the user, limiting the device’s applications.
The Empirical Labs EL500 rack eliminates these obstacles. At the heart of the unit is a super quiet power supply - over 30 dB quieter than some supplies ever seen - that will ensure optimal performance from any compatible device. All 500 series modules will flush mount cleanly in the EL500, providing a much more professional look and feel. The EL500 offers both XLR and phone rear panel inputs and outputs to allow it to interface perfectly with any system. In addition, a 1/4 inch instrument preamp/direct box input is provided on the front panel, which will automatically switch the left 500 module’s input to this front phone jack once something is plugged into it – a feature that will prove to be extremely useful.
In fact, it has become the first call bass DI for many engineers. Switches to link compressors and engage a 48V phantom supply are also provided. Whether you're already invested in 500 series modules or they're something you're thinking about adding to your arsenal, the EL500 rack will make any 500 series compatible module perform ideally and interface effortlessly into just about any audio application.
DSP Six digitally controlled sections of analog processing Frequency response 3 Hz to 180 kHz on eq section (-3dB points) Dynamic range 120 dB from maximum output (.5%THD soft clipping) to minimum output. Noise floor with Mix on 0 is typically – 91dBu. Distortion range Between .0006% and 10% at 1KHz, depending on mode and settings. Maximum Input before hard clipping +22dBm, “ Line In” mode. Maximum Output (Mix at 0) - +28.5dBm Compressor Dynamics Time Constants Attack time is around 1mS. Release .2 sec, fixed internally Linkage Stereo Linkable for stereo tracks. With the EL500 powered rack, the push of a button enables linking. Input Impedance 120k Ohm, Instrument In Mode, output impedance is less than 75 ohms. 20K input impedance in balanced Line in mode Accessory Guitar adaptor cable included