CompIQ MINI Pro Compressor Pedal for Guitar & Bass
CompIQ MINI Pro Compressor is a unique featured compressor pedal, with qualities rivaled only by expensive studio gear. It provides the amount of control and versatility needed for professional audio compression while preserving the musical response and transparency of analog circuitry.
This mini compressor pedal is a mighty weapon of dynamic processing. You will simply not going to find anything like it.How does CompIQ MINI Pro compare to other compressors?
A studio-grade mini compressor pedal
CompIQ MINI Pro Compressor is an all-analog compressor pedal designed for guitar and bass and built around the top-class THAT Corp. 4320 Analog Engine® – the same technology used in rack compressors made by the likes of DBX, Presonus, Dangerous Music or Revive Audio. A true RMS-level detector measures input signal and applies accurate feed-forward compression through a transparent sounding, high-performance Blackmer® VCA.
CompIQ MINI features Ratio, Threshold, Gain, Dry/Wet Mix, which all interact with each other and offer the manual continuous controls necessary for a balanced and refined compression setting. Not often found in compression pedals, Compression Knee can be selected between Soft or Hard to best suit any musical needs. Soft knee provides a subtle and more transparent effect application. When used in combination with a higher threshold – which allows you to process just what is needed -, the compressor acts more like a mastering tool. Hard knee compression is in-your-face obvious and is better suited for country pickin’ or bass slappin’ playing styles when dynamic output must be an effect in itself. CompIQ MINI Pro also makes up for a perfect limiting effect or act as a compressor/sustainer pedal, when a high ratio, higher threshold, and hard knee are balanced together.
The compressor’s Side-Chain Processing presents a non-linear, high-pass characteristic above 1KHz, which balances the potential trigger-difference between the energy of low and high frequency. Such a feature is usually available only in high-end studio compressors, and it is intended for a natural effect application even on higher compression ratios.
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. Two timing options are available – Fast and Slower -, each selection handling both, attack and release timings. Fast attack and release times will create the impression of a modern sound that is crisp, punchy and detailed. When combining fast timings with a hard knee compression setting, you enter the limiting territory. This is where the blend knob is best used for parallel compression (a.k.a. New York compression style). Slower timings are suitable for slow musical phrasings like bass lines or arpeggiated chords. But really, there are no rules here, just experiment and let the ear be the judge. Regardless of the playing style, the dynamic auto timing of the compressor will always sound great. Fast transients are released faster, while steady signals decay slower. On average, the release time is 10-15 times the attack time, in each setting.
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 Pro Compressor was designed with guitar 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 bass compressor effect pedals. Many instruments that can benefit from CompIQ qualities: electric guitar & bass, electric acoustic guitar & bass, electric string instruments, harmonica, brass instruments, synthesizers, etc.
This micro pedal packs more tweak-ability options than you would find in many compressor pedals more than twice its size. There are other small format compressors on the market but I’m not aware of anything that comes close to the punch Becos packs into the CompIQ MINI Pro. It works great with bass. This little pedal rivals many full-featured compressors on the market at a fraction of the size.
The CompIQ series of compressors is not gonna alter the magic voice of your instrument. It preserves the original guitar or bass tone while providing unobstructed, pristine audio compression. The high dynamic range of these compressors allows natural-sounding clean tones and low noise artifact-free audio processing, without distortions usually introduced by optical compressors.
- True analog bypass
- Blackmer® VCA analog compressor
- True RMS-level detector
- Ratio 1:1 – inf:1 (limiter)
- Threshold -40dB to +10dB
- Make-up Gain -20dB to +20dB
- Soft/Hard compression knee
- Fast/Slower dynamic attack and release timings
- Non-linear, easy-slope, high-pass side-chain processing above 1KHz
- 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, center negative, 12mm long barrel plug (not included)
- 2-year warranty
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|Dimensions||9.2 × 3.7 × 5.5 cm|
All analog circuitry made with highest quality components, in a compact, low profile design
Input impedance: 1MΩ