Slate Digital FG-Stress

Slate Digital FG-Stress
Slate Digital FG-Stress

One-to-one replication of Empirical Labs Distressor

The FG-Stress is a digital replication of one of the industry’s most highly coveted analog compressors, the Empirical Labs Distressor. Every aspect of the Distressor has been modeled, which is no simple task due to the Distressor’s unique topology where every ratio is essentially a different compressor! Like the hardware in which it models, the FG-Stress can mimic the tone of some of the industry’s most famous compressors like punchy VCAs, fat tube compressors, and even vintage opto units.

After two years of development, we are so proud of how precisely the software can match the hardware.


  • All eight unique ratios including 10:1 Opto
  • Variable attack & release
  • Audio path options to add color and warmth
  • Detector options to customize compression tone


Slate Digital System Requirements

Mac Windows
macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15Windows 7, 8 or 10
Intel Processor, 4GB RAMIntel or AMD Processor, 4GB RAM
AU, VST2, VST3, or AAX 64-bit hostVST2, VST3, or AAX 64-bit host
No iLok Dongle required

You do not need an iLok dongle to use All Access Pass, but you do need an internet connection to use Slate Digital plugins with iLok Cloud.

Perpetual users need to have an iLok 2 or an iLok 3 to use Slate Digital plugins.

Slate Digital FG-Stress Guided Tour #gettingstarted

The Slate Digital FG-Stress is a licensed emulation of the Empirical Labs Distressor. Steven Slate gives a guided tour to help you get to know FG-Stress.