The principle of British Mode stemmed from an abnormal environment on the traditional UREI LN1176 limiter. The device was made to have just four percentages, each percentage being engaged by choosing one of 4 buttons. Nonetheless, as early as 1980 (or before), renegade recording designers, consistently on the lookout for something a bit more “extraordinary”, discovered that you can make all 4 buttons stay in if you pressed them perfect. Just what resulted was a really aggressive noise that had some aspects of the device’s 20:1 percentage, however with an abnormal knee and new envelope form. Someplace along the line, someone called it “British Mode”, and also the label stuck.
The EL8-X has the advantage of having the ability to uniquely apply this assertive characteristic – not simply to the brand-new “British” percentage (1:1) – to any of the ratios, just by engaging the devoted “British Method” change.