Becos Effects’ CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor features rack-style controls on a stomper
Provides a range of functions including compression and harmonic distortion.
Romanian FX company Becos Effects has added the Pro Stella Compressor to its line of CompIQ pedals. The pedal is designed to provide an array of features – with rack unit-levels of tweakability – in a pedalboard-friendly format.
The CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor is built around a THAT Corp Analog Engine, the very same technology featured in rack-style compressors created by DBX, Presonus and the like. The circuit’s compression, limiting and harmonic distortion capabilities are provided by a true RMS-level sensor and a Blackmer voltage controlled amplifier (VCA).
The pedal’s crowning glory, as mentioned earlier, is its comprehensive control system. For its compression function, it features six main knobs and four switches:
Knobs: ratio, threshold, attack, release, tone and make-up gain
Switches: compression knee (soft/hard), side chain filter (normal/low/deep), timing (manual/auto fast/auto slower) and tilt-EQ frequency pivot (330Hz /1KHz)
The auto-timing circuit is worth mentioning here, because it can be set to respond to playing dynamics – handy when you don’t need to fine-tune timing settings.
Another highlight of the CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor is its analog tape saturation circuit. It features independent saturation and level controls, which work in tandem with a wet/dry mix knob to produce a wide range of tones. Lo- and Hi-cut filters add an extra layer of versatility to this circuit.
The CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor runs on either a 9V battery or power supply.
More information at becosfx.com.
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