CompIQ MINI Compressor Pedal for Bass & Guitar
CompIQ MINI Pro Compressor is a unique featured compressor/limiter mini pedal, with qualities rivaled only by expensive studio gear. It provides the amount of control and versatility needed for professional audio processing while preserving the musical response and transparency of analog circuitry. Designed with bass and guitar in mind, it is excellent with any other instrument, and also with vocals – with an appropriate microphone pre-amp. A good understanding of audio compression is normally required to optimally set it up for live performance or studio recording.
A studio-grade mini compressor pedal
CompIQ MINI Pro is an all-analog compressor pedal designed for guitar and bass and hand-built around the top-class 4320 THAT Analog Engine®. It provides the essential controls for achieving professional-level audio compression, something never before seen in a package of this size. At the heart of processing, a true RMS-level detector measures the input signal and applies accurate feed-forward compression through a transparent sounding, high-performance Blackmer® VCA.
I can’t think of any devices that are similarly small and can do nearly as much with studio-ready sound quality. Despite the reduced size, the CompIQ Mini adopted the essential aspect of its siblings – the clean compression. And that without compromises.
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. 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 it can act as a compressor/sustainer pedal, when a high ratio, higher threshold, and hard knee are balanced altogether.
The compressor’s Side Chain Filter processing has two options. The Normal setting presents a non-linear characteristic above 1KHz, which balances the potential trigger-difference between the energy of low and high frequency. Such a feature that resembles the human hearing is usually available only in high-end studio compressors, and it is intended for a natural effect application even on high compression ratios. Additionally, the Deep setting introduces a Side Chain Filter with a gentle high-pass slope (reaching -12dB at 130Hz) which is very suitable for bass instruments. This setting option helps prevent the triggering of the compression too early by the high amplitude of the low-frequency content. As a result, a part of the lows passes through without being compressed, giving the sound more energy and a natural punch.
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 (or gain reduction) 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 the 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.
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.
Pristine audio processing
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. The high dynamic range of these compressors allows for natural-sounding clean tones and low noise, artifact-free audio processing without the 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’s 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), center negative, 12mm long barrel plug
- 3-years warranty (direct to manufacturer, international, transferable)
|Dimensions||9.2 × 3.7 × 5.5 cm|
Input impedance: 1MΩ
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