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Whew. That’s a lot.
I’m not aware of any compressor on the market that packs this much punch in terms of functionality. I appreciate that each dial is clearly marked with information in the fully counter-clockwise position and full clockwise position.
In terms of feel and tone, I’d put the Becos CompIQ PRO Stella Compressor up against the likes of the Keeley Compressor Pro and Empress Compressor for sure. It has a similar inherent transparent quality to it. It offers more controllability and versatility than the Keeley Bassist and does a great job of subtle compression all the way to harder limiting action. You get clear transparent compression. Like the Becos CompIQ Pro Mini your tone stays the same, but comes out better. The tilt EQ brings a tone shaping angle that the Keeley an Empress both can’t touch. The saturation circuit is a whole new twist. The JHS Pulp ‘N Peel also has an OD type circuit but it isn’t as flexible as the Stella. With slight saturation added and blended well with the compressed signal, you’ll get into Diamond compressor territory. In general, I think the Becos is quieter than the Keeley Compressor Pro at higher gain levels.
This new offering from Becos is a highly versatile and pedalboard-friendly compressor. I said this about the Becos CompIQ Pro Mini but it’s worthy of saying again here. There is a whole lot of versatility in an amazingly small package. Also like the Becos Mini the enclosed manual, while just folded paper, is probably the most helpful descriptive language I’ve seen included with a compressor pedal.
I recommend this one.
Review by Chris Tromp @ compressorpedalreviews.com
On Monday, June 22, 2020, we have been contacted by a representative of PMI Media Group and being informed that the word TILT™ is a USA Registered Trademark owned by AMH Sales, Inc. DBA PMI Audio Group Corp. in Class IC 009 registration #3971079. This review was released prior to us being notified. The photography belongs to the reviewer and it was so published in the mentioned issue at a previous date. Currently, we are complying in good faith with the notification of the trademark owner and we renamed the equalization control on the Stella compressor as X-EQ. More details here.