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CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor Pedal for Guitar & Bass

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CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor is the simpler interfaced compressor in our CompIQ series of compressors. It is aimed at the set-and-forget type of users, which seek simplicity in operation, while still benefiting from the sound qualities matched by expensive studio gear.

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This mini compressor pedal is the missing ingredient of dynamic processing, which will uplift your instrument’s tone. You will simply not going to find anything like it.

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Description

The simplified studio-grade mini compressor pedal

CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor is the simpler interfaced compressor in the CompIQ series. It is aimed at the set-and-forget type of users, which seek simplicity in operation. The MINI ONE is featuring the same core sonic technology as its bigger brothers, being built around the top class THAT Analog Engine® – used in rack processors made by the likes of DBX, Presonus, Dangerous Music or Revive Audio -, which ensure the highest quality VCA dynamic processing. A true RMS-level sensor measures input signal and applies accurate feed-forward compression through a transparent sounding, high-performance Blackmer® VCA, giving you the studio-like audio feeling and purity.

The CompIQ MINI ONE features controls for Ratio, Gain and Dry/Wet Mix, alongside with a Sense threshold switch with two preset levels, one of which is variable with an inside-box trimmer. This gives the user the flexibility to adapt the compressor to any kind of instrument levels. Compression Knee is set for gentle Soft processing, providing a subtle and transparent effect application.

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Tailored for both guitar and bass, this pedal lets you achieve studio-grade compression through a set of simple controls.

Dynamic Auto Attack & Release Timing circuitry replaces the need for a dedicated attack switch or manual attack and release controls, rendering perfect timings for any playing style. The timing is set for fast attack and slower release but it is also program dependent – fast transients are released faster, while steady signals decay slower. On average, the release time is 10-15 times the attack time. Regardless of the playing style, the dynamic auto timing of the compressor will always sound great because it’s adapting to the input signal envelope.

The amount of compression is indicated by a responsive 5-LED display, for visual feedback over how much the signal is reduced while compression takes place. The True Bypass routing leaves bass or guitar signal chain untouched when the pedal is not engaged, even if it’s not powered.

All analog, accurate, transparent compression from a tiny effect pedal

CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor was designed with guitar and bass in mind but make no mistake, it can add dynamic feeling to any audio signal, including vocals – with an appropriate preamp. We think it may also be among the best mini guitar and bass compressor effect pedals. Many instruments can benefit from the CompIQ series of compressor’s qualities: electric guitar & bass, electric acoustic guitar & bass, electric string instruments, harmonica, brass instruments, synthesizers, etc.

The CompIQ series of compressors is not gonna alter the magic voice of your instrument. They preserve the original guitar or bass tone while providing unobstructed, pristine audio compression, without noise, distortion or other artifacts.

Key features 

  • True analog bypass
  • Blackmer® VCA analog compressor
  • True RMS-level detector
  • Ratio 1:1 – inf:1
  • Sense Threshold Switch Presets: Low is fixed at -40dB; High can be set in a range from -40dB to +10dB
  • Make-up Gain -6dB to +20dB
  • Soft compression knee
  • Program dependent Dynamic Auto Timing (Fast Attack / Slower Release, with an immediate release for transients and hold for steady signals)
  • Dry/Wet mix
  • 5-LED compression display
  • Socketed hi-quality FET audio IC, low tolerance parts & WIMA audio capacitors
  • MINI-sized, black powdered, genuine aluminum Hammond enclosure
  • 9-12 V DC external power supply (not included)
  • 2-year warranty

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 CompIQ MINI ONE Pro vs. other minions

CompIQ Series Feature Comparison

Signal Variation Element
Signal Level Detection
Manual Ratio
Manual Threshold
Manual Attack
Manual Release
Manual Make-up Gain
Dynamic Auto Timing
Compression Knee
Side Chain Filter
EQ
EQ Bypass
Dry/Wet Mix
Tape Saturation
Saturation EQ
Compression Display
9V Battery Operation
External DC Power
DC Power Plug Barrel
Current Consumption
Blackmer® VCA
RMS-Level Sensor
1:1 to inf:1
-40dBu to +10dBu
0.12 ms/dB to 12 ms/dB
1.2 ms/dB to 120 ms/dB
-6dB to +20dB
Fast / Slower
Hard / Soft
Normal / Low / Deep
Tilt-EQ +/-6dB with Low / Deep frequency pivots
YES
YES
On Dry Line
adjustable with Saturation and Level controls
Jumper selectable Lo / Hi cut filters
6-LED
YES
9-12VDC center negative
Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
< 29mA
Blackmer® VCA
RMS-Level Sensor
1:1 to inf:1
-40dbu to +10dBu
-
-
-20dB to +20dB
Fast / Slower
Hard / Soft
Normal
-
-
YES
-
-
5-LED
-
9-12VDC center negative
Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
< 25mA
Blackmer® VCA
RMS-Level Sensor
1:1 to inf:1
Lo: -40dBu fixed; Hi: -40dBu to +10dBu variable with inside trimmer
-
-
-6dB to +20dB
Slower
Soft
Normal
-
-
YES
-
-
5-LED
-
9-12VDC center negative
Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
< 25mA

Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 9.2 × 3.7 × 5.5 cm
Features Summary

All analog circuitry made with highest quality components, in a compact, low profile design
True RMS-level sensor
High-performance Blackmer® VCA
Manual continuous controls: Ratio (1:1 to inf:1), Make-up Gain (-6dB to +20dB), Dry/Wet Mix
Sense Threshold Switch Presets: Low is fixed at -40dB; High can be set in a range from -40dB to +10dB
Soft Compression Knee
Program dependent Dynamic Auto Timing (Fast Attack / Slower Release, with an immediate release for transients and hold for steady signals)
5-LED Compression Display
True Bypass;
1590A road-worthy black powdered aluminum enclosure;
Product weight: 0.17Kg
Shipping weight: 0.3Kg
MSRP: 149 Euro;
Made in EU/Romania;

Technical Specifications

Input impedance: 1MΩ
Output impedance: less than 100Ω
Ratio: 1:1 to inf:1
Threshold range: fix setting at -40dB; variable from-40dB to +10dB
Make-up gain: -6dB to +20dB
0dB input referrence level: -20dBu (77.5mV)
Total amount of compression: depends on input signal level, usually 20dB for input signals around -20dBu (77.5mV) and up to 36dB for +4dBu (1.23Vrms) input signal level, all at inf:1 Ratio
Attack time: ~15ms
Release time: ~220ms
Dynamic Timing: transients are handled faster; steady signals are hold until input decays bellow threshold level
Output noise at 0dBV gain: -95dBV
Total Harmonic Distortion THD: 0.05% for -5dBV input signal level @ 1kHz
Wet output frequency response: -2dB @ 40Hz; 0dB in between 100Hz and 22KHz
Dry output frequency response: FLAT; 0dB in between 10Hz and 100KHz
5-LED Display: calibrated for designed referrence input level of -20dBu (77.5mV), to accomodate electric guitars and bass pickups; compression occurs beyond -20dB Red LED indication, when input signal is stronger
External power voltage: 9-12VDC (power supply not included)
DC power connector polarity: center negative [ – ]
DC power plug barrel: Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
Current consumption: < 25mA
Product weight: 0.17Kg
Shipping weight: 0.3Kg

COMPIQ 101

The CompIQ series of compressors
Signal Variation Element
Signal Level Detection
Manual Ratio
Manual Threshold
Manual Attack
Manual Release
Manual Make-up Gain
Dynamic Auto Timing
Compression Knee
Side Chain Filter
EQ
EQ Bypass
Dry/Wet Mix
Tape Saturation
Saturation EQ
Compression Display
9V Battery Operation
External DC Power
DC Power Plug Barrel
Current Consumption
Blackmer® VCA
RMS-Level Sensor
1:1 to inf:1
-40dBu to +10dBu
0.12 ms/dB to 12 ms/dB
1.2 ms/dB to 120 ms/dB
-6dB to +20dB
Fast / Slower
Hard / Soft
Normal / Low / Deep
Tilt-EQ +/-6dB with Low / Deep frequency pivots
YES
YES
On Dry Line
adjustable with Saturation and Level controls
Jumper selectable Lo / Hi cut filters
6-LED
YES
9-12VDC center negative
Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
< 29mA
Blackmer® VCA
RMS-Level Sensor
1:1 to inf:1
-40dbu to +10dBu
-
-
-20dB to +20dB
Fast / Slower
Hard / Soft
Normal
-
-
YES
-
-
5-LED
-
9-12VDC center negative
Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
< 25mA
Blackmer® VCA
RMS-Level Sensor
1:1 to inf:1
Lo: -40dBu fixed; Hi: -40dBu to +10dBu variable with inside trimmer
-
-
-6dB to +20dB
Slower
Soft
Normal
-
-
YES
-
-
5-LED
-
9-12VDC center negative
Ø 5.1/2.1mm, 12-15mm long
< 25mA
MINI Pro vs. other minions
Wanna know more about mini compressor pedals? We compiled a Technical Shootout for most performance and popular mini compressor pedals available. Click here to find out how CompIQ MINI Pro stands out.
Blackmer® VCA
First developed by David Blackmer of dbx Inc., the original dbx 202 “Black Can” VCAs, can still be found in operating consoles today. These first VCAs suitable for pro audio equipment were built with a gain cell of eight discrete transistors. Later development of these IC’s surpassed all inconveniences of earlier designs, now rendering superior performances. CompIQ series of compressors use THAT Corporation Blackmer® VCAs which are characterized by an exponential control characteristic (gain varies directly in decibels), extremely wide dynamic range, and low signal distortion. They are particularly neutral in sound, adding little or no coloration to audio signals.
RMS-Level Sensor
Invented by David Blackmer of dbx Inc., the RMS-level detector computes Root Mean Square level of input signals in a logarithmic form, similar to how human ear perceives sound. The sound envelope decoded by this accurate detector is used to apply dynamic processing of the sound – the variation of signal level precisely controlled by the VCA according to parameters set by the user (Ratio, Threshold, Attack, Release, and Gain).
Side Chain Filter
Side Chain Filter is a feature which allows a change in the side chain compression triggering frequency filter.  The purpose is to delay the start of the compressor by the low frequency with high amplitude, which otherwise would clamp the higher frequencies too early. This results in a breathable type of compression, which has a particular sound characteristic, making it feel more natural to the ear. At the same time, the sound at the output may come out” fatter” or “punchier”. In CompIQ PRO Stella, the SCF is switchable for a pre-set amount of low-cut of the triggering frequencies. The Normal option provides a general purpose type of compression response, while Low and Deep options add a cut of -12dB@90Hz and -12dB@200Hz on top of the Normal side chain curve, making it suitable for bass instruments.Side Chain HPF Options in CompIQ PRO Stella Compressor (-12dB at 90Hz & -12dB at 200Hz)

Line-level signals
CompIQ series of compressors (both Stella and MINI) share the same core technology – sound wise they sound exactly the same. They have 50dB threshold range, from -40dB up to +10dB which is from average magnetic pickup level up to above line level. They both may be used on line-level FX Loops or hi-Z input on recording interfaces. Having an RMS-level detector, the compression is very accurate and the LED indication is very precise in that regard, as long as the input signal is at/around calibrated reference level. With line level signals, which is way up, the LED’s will flash red more often, but there is nothing wrong with that. We did not provide means for re-calibrating the compression display at various signal levels because they were designed to be used mainly with instrument-level signals. CompIQ series “0dB input reference level” is hard-set at -20dBu (77.5mV). The total amount of compression depends on input signal level, usually 20dB for input signals around -20dBu (77.5mV) and around 36dB for +4dBu (1.228Vrms) input signal levels, all at inf:1 Ratio.
Compressor noise
The re-amplification of a weak signal – as compressed signal is – is the main source for noise in compressors. Some compressors might be described as noisier than other, but the fact is they all introduce noise with amplification (the amount of noise is also dependent on amplification circuit, FET-based amplification being potentially a bit noisier; in CompIQ compressors, amplification takes place in the VCA). To correctly compare compressor’s noise, they must be set for the same exact amount of threshold, ratio and make-up gain, and be fed the same reference signal. Some manufacturers limit the Ratio of their compressors to 7:1 (Empress), or as low as 3:1 (Diamond) and those make for “very silent compressors”. Of course in this regard “silent compressor” has a subjective meaning, if it’s not a misleading statement. As far as CompIQ compressors go, keep in mind:

  • at higher input signal levels, the makeup gain-related noise will be lower, because you deal with a bigger signal in the first place;
  • if you set a higher threshold, hard knee, and inf:1 ratio and you affect only the peak of the signals – as this limiting setup makes sense to be used – the noise will be inaudible.
  • for weak magnetic pickup signals, at the lowest set threshold and with ratios around 4:1 (which is a fair amount of compression), the CompIQ make-up gain will introduce noise similarly to studio-grade equipment.
  • on top of Threshold, you have the MIX control which helps reducing noise by blending in the dry signal;
  • using soft knee also contributes to reducing the need for make-up gain, so implicitly it reduces potential noise.
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