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BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
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Product# H94715
OVERVIEW

Classic OTA compression with added versatility and modern reliability

The BBE VariComp compressor is inspired by some of the coolest vintage compressor pedals around: the old Ross compressor and the early MXR Dynacomp. Think of that sweet, spongy compression in “Sultans of Swing” and “Sweet Home Alabama” and you'll get the idea. VariComp holds true to those iconic originals by using an authentic new old stock (NOS) CA3080 Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA) analog device. But as you’d expect from BBE, VariComp is not about just copying an old design – it’s about taking the best elements of old favorites and improving the breed.

VariComp goes the classics one better with an Attack control for greater flexibility. Dialing up the Attack makes the sound a little “tighter,” but it's cool dialing it back for an even “spongier” sound. In other words, if you want your Sultan to be more swingin’, VariComp will hook you up.

VariComp has a consistency and ruggedness that are the hallmark of BBE pedals, designed for guitarists whose gigs are as demanding as their ears. With a robust mil-spec circuit board with fat signal traces, 1% metal-film resistors for consistency and true hardwire bypass, VariComp moves you forward even as it’s taking you back.

FEATURES
  • Output, attack and threshold controls
  • NOS CA3080 OTA (Operational Transconductance Amplifier)
  • 470K input impedance for vintage correct pickup loading
  • 10kOhms output impedance when engaged
  • 1% metal-film resistors for consistency
  • High-voltage poly caps for better tone
  • Military-spec circuit board for reliability
  • Blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption
  • Easy access battery compartment
  • True hardwire bypass
  • 5-year warranty

Make your sultan more swingin’. Order today!

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BBEVaricomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (11)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Compact (6)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Varicomp is capable

BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal, turned out to be just what i was wanting. The ability to adjust to just the right amount without crushing the tone is the perfect blend for...Read complete review

BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal, turned out to be just what i was wanting. The ability to adjust to just the right amount without crushing the tone is the perfect blend for me. Controls are easy and responsive and to the point.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well built ...

I bought one of these elsewhere a few months ago intending to remove my Gen1 MXR DynaComp from my live performance F/x line.
... I'm still using the DynaComp, and still...Read complete review

I bought one of these elsewhere a few months ago intending to remove my Gen1 MXR DynaComp from my live performance F/x line.
... I'm still using the DynaComp, and still looking for a viable replacement
Needless to say, the Varicomp is NOT a realistic replacement option. It's usable but not suitable as a replacement for the O.G. MXR
The merchant I purchased the unit from offered a 100% refund, I took the refund.

Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

Extremely cool Compressor

By InHisService

from Idaho

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The compressor can be extreme if necessary and subtle as well.

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    5.0

    BBE doesn't disappoint...this compressor does its job...

    By LazfromCal

    from SF bay arra

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Expressive
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      BBE's Varicomp comes in handy on my pedal board, and the variability is especially appreciated because of the variety of music I like to play. True bipass, very quiet and clean, you can dial in just the right amount of compression and sustain for live situations ( just set it and just leave it on) and tweak to your heart's content when recording. Very sensitive, so you can find your sweet spot for whatever guitars you use.

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      2.0

      Well built ...

      By BillyC

      from DaSouf

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought one of these elsewhere a few months ago intending to remove my Gen1 MXR DynaComp from my live performance F/x line.
      ... I'm still using the DynaComp, and still looking for a viable replacement
      Needless to say, the Varicomp is NOT a realistic replacement option. It's usable but not suitable as a replacement for the O.G. MXR
      The merchant I purchased the unit from offered a 100% refund, I took the refund.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great versatile compressor pedal

      By Fu Mann Shu

      from Charlotte, NC

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is a great unit with lots of versatility with not only an output control, but with attack and threshold controls.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice compressor

        By InHisService

        from Idaho

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This seems to be a very smooth device. Works well and is quiet.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Varicomp is capable

          By Diddyman

          from New Iberia, Louisiana

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal, turned out to be just what i was wanting. The ability to adjust to just the right amount without crushing the tone is the perfect blend for me. Controls are easy and responsive and to the point.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Transparent light compression

            By Riders7

            from NYC

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Just got the OptiComp, and it's a very natural sounding effect. Since I already have some compression effect from higain Marshall, I use the Opticomp to fatten up rhythms and for some add'l sustain and boost. It's a subtle difference on/off, but it definitely does sound better on. I have it set at: output @ 2 o'clock and threshold@ 10 o'clock , so a little compression, and substantial output boost into the input of the amp. I have it right after a Decimator Noise Gate, and then into my amp input.
              If you're looking for aggressive compression, the Opti ain't it, but I think it's perfect for what I use it for...subtle, natural compression, and some boost into the amp input. It's subtle, but definitely makes my overall tone sound better.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Transparent Compression

              By Meletan

              from SF Bay Area

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

              • Limited Selection Of Effects

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Transparent effect in that it is not too heavy-handed in how it affects your tone - A little noisy but every compression pedal I've used including Keely can be noisy. keep it on my pedalboard all the time, for what it does, thumbs up. I bought as stupid deal of the D.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice pedal

              By robbiusa

              from Pontiac, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This pedal can be a subtle or aggressive compressor depending on what you want using the attack and threshold knobs which makes it very versatile. It also appears to be very solidly built, so should last a good while. Bought this as a stupid deal of the day and really feel like I got more than my money's worth.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                delivers as advertised

                By BCinbergen

                from NJ USA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Pumps Up Output Of Amp
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE Varicomp OTA Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I bought this pedal on the SDD. I needed to beef up the output of a lower wattage vintage amp. In my studio it does that and also gives my guitar a more present sound in the room. I have not yet gigged with it but expect it to perform well. I will use it when I double on Bass also.

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