Keeley combines renowned compressor and overdrive into one pedal
The Aria Compressor Drive is, in the brand’s words, its “most flexible overdrive to date.”
Announced back at Winter NAMM 2018, the Keeley Aria Compressor Drive is now available for pre-order, before it ships out next week. The pedal combines the brand’s renowned Compressor Plus and Red Dirt Overdrive into one dual-footswitch stompbox.
The compressor/sustainer side comes with “Level,” “Blend,” “Sustain” and “Tone” controls, with the latter behaving almost like a treble boost. Meanwhile, the overdrive section has two modes: one for clean and transparent tones, the other for extra sustain, saturation and focus. “Level,” “Drive” and “Tone” knobs are your standard-issue OD parameters.
You can also run the compressor and drive sections in series, and change their order via a mini toggle switch.
Watch a demo of it here:
The Aria Compressor Drive lists for $199. For more info, check out robertkeeley.com.