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Empress Effects Compressor Analog Compression Guitar Effects Pedal   

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Compression is a tool used on pretty much every recording you will ever hear, yet this extremely useful and versatile tool is often overlooked by gui...Read More

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A studio quality compressor that'll work on guitar and bass rigs alike.

Compression is a tool used on pretty much every recording you will ever hear, yet this extremely useful and versatile tool is often overlooked by guitar players as part of their rig.

Other compressor pedals are often limited by oversimplified controls and heavily colored sounds. Empress has created a truly transparent compressor, complete with all the controls found in the studio. The result is a tool that allows for a wide range of sounds from subtly adding sustain to getting the "quack" that country players love.

With all the controls available in top end studio compressors, the Empress Compressor has opened new sonic doors for guitarists; ranging from truly transparent compression for dynamic control to over the top squashing. We've also included a wet/dry mix knob that allows parallel compression for increased transparency and dynamics. Plus the three compression ratios, 2:1, 4:1 and 10:1, offer lots of flexibility.

  • All Analog Signal Path
  • Extremely Transparent
  • 3 Compression Ratios
  • Attack and Release Control
  • Blend uncompressed signal
  • Meter either gain reduction, input, or both
  • True Display LEDs
  • Works great on bass
  • True Bypass

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Compressor Analog Compression Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Input Impedance: 1M
  • Output Impedance: 2.2k
  • Frequency Response: (-3dB) 40Hz - 35kHz
  • Distortion: less than 0.1%
  • Noise: -101dB
  • Power Input Voltage: 9 - 18 V DC (Negative tip)
  • Power Input Connector: 2.1mm barrel connector (Negative tip)
  • Power Consumption: ~ 100mA
  • Enclosure Material: Die Cast Aluminum
  • Input connector: 1/4" Jack
  • Output connector: 1/4" Jack
  • Height (Enclosure only): 1.5"
  • Height (including controls): 2"
  • Length: 3.5"
  • Width: 4.5"
  • Weight: 1 lb.

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Great compressor

Comments about Empress Effects Compressor Analog Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

This compressor is awesome. It's totally transparent and has all the desired controls. I play bass using this pedal and it is exactly what I wanted. I'm definitely going to try other Empress pedals in the future.

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Nice and transparent for 5-string bass


from Central, MI

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    Comments about Empress Effects Compressor Analog Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Empress Compressor is a nice, quiet, nearly transparent compressor. I use it for managing dynamics on 5-string basses where the b-string becomes urnruly at times due to playing style.
    The compressor has 2:1, 4:1, and 10:1 ratios. I leave this on 4:1 and use it as an always-on "effect". It doesn't do limiting in the purest sense of the word, but on the 10:1 ratio at a low threshold you'll get solid compression and squashed dynamics for sure. I don't play slap bass, so can't comment on that. I'm very happy with this choice for my finger-style and pick playing. For pick playing I'll do 10:1 and lower the threshold a bit over what I have it set to when using 4:1. It is very quiet unless you crank the Release knob too far clockwise. It can use a regular 9v supply, but can accept up to 18v. It's not a small pedal, about twice as wide as a regular effects pedal. It is built like a tank. The metering lights are great and make adjusting settings that much easier, but you must still use your ears; the light help confirm what you're hearing if you're not familiar with compression in the first place. It has a sidechain loop. I haven't used it yet, but plan to add EQ so that the really low stuff gets squashed before the higher stuff. I would buy the Empress Compressor again if I needed to replace this one.

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