Thanks for asking about it! I just came here to post the release- been so busy!!! The original actually doesn't generate ridiculous amounts of distortion, but it generates very specific 2nd and 3rd harmonics independently along with a zillion different modes. It has the identical amount of distortion and settings for each mode as the hardware unit and sounds wonderful.
DC8C2 can be very clean. And since you have built in HP and LP filter for the signal and lots of tweakable attack and release setting you should get close to the distressors behaviour. And since it is a very clean compression nebula will do the coloring after it. But there are also two saturation stages and the new SMASH mode which will destroy your drums in the good way