Effectrode PC-2A Compressor Review – Best Optical Tube Compression Pedal?


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On October 24, 2015
Last modified:October 8, 2016

Summary:

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The Effectrode PC-2A Compressor may at first seem like a humble, unassuming little pedal with its classy, understated appearance consisting of only 2 surface knobs and a few words upon a clean, light grey enclosure. But guitarists with some degree of studio experience will notice something of great significance in this tidy package with its name providing the biggest hint. The PC-2A is Effectrode’s take on an LA-2A in pedal form. If the hyphenated characters “LA-2A” mean nothing to you, please allow me to briefly explain why they should.

Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier

Effectrode-PC-2A-Compressor-Review-Best-Optical-Tube-Compression-Pedal-02There is one studio compressor often regarded above all others, yes, even above the mighty Urei 1176, as the greatest compressor/limiter of all time: the Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier. This truly iconic piece of gear has a compression/limiting style that has been applied on countless classic recordings for over 5 decades and is still going strong today in hardware and software form.

The LA-2A is at its heart an optical tube compressor, owing its mythical style of organic and musical dynamic attenuation to an electro-luminescent panel and cadmium-sulfide photo resistors. Then there’s the all-valve signal path that helped impart a certain warmth that was lost in the LA-2A’s solid state successors (LA-3A, etc., although these siblings do have noteworthy qualities in their own right). The LA-2A could be super transparent, warm and colorful, or thick and saturated. And this range of qualities could be dialed in from just 2 knobs (Gain & Peak Reduction) and a Compress/Limit switch. Essentially, this piece of rack-mount royalty combines a trifecta of diverse application possibilities, amazing sound quality, and deceptively simplistic operation to be the ultimate compressor that many producers, engineers, and musicians still regard as the pinnacle of compression.

From LA-2A To PC-2A

Effectrode-PC-2A-Compressor-Review-Best-Optical-Tube-Compression-Pedal-03Truly a labor of love, the PC-2A was the result of two years of devoted research, experimentation, and design that resulted in what is Effectrode’s best-selling pedal. Drawing upon his seemingly unparalleled expertise in combining tubes and guitar pedals, Effectrode designer, Phil Taylor, spared no attention to detail in his interpretation of the iconic compressor from which he drew inspiration.

The PC-2A isn’t trying to be a 1:1 replica of the LA-2A. What it aims to do is take the notable performance qualities of its muse and present them in a compact format for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians with a discerning taste for what Effectrode appropriately calls “audiophile pedals”.

The PC-2A retains an all-tube signal path, courtesy of a Philips N.O.S. military spec subminiature triode vacuum tube (that’s a mouthful) and a photo-optical attenuation circuit that has been carefully modified and smoothed for optimal performance with guitar. Similar Peak Reduction & Gain knobs are present as well as the Limit/Compress switch from the LA-2A. But while the LA-2A had a fixed attack and knee due to the nature of its design, the Effectrode PC-2A allows you to adjust these compression parameters via internal Attack & Knee trimpots for greater versatility. Attack & Knee are already preset from the factory for optimal use with guitar but can be adjusted for other audio sources such as a bass guitar with active pickups or an acoustic guitar with piezo pickup.

While there aren’t many candidates for best optical tube compressor or best LA-2A inspired compression pedal, our Effectrode PC-2A review is more of an exploration of this pedal on its own merits to see if it sets the standard. Here’s a feature rundown before we continue.

Features:

All Tube: 100% pure analogue vacuum tube audio path operating at amp plate voltages ensures the PC-2A compressor has huge headroom and very quiet, natural sound reproduction. Each tube is burned in for 24 hours and each PC-2A compressor pedal tested and hand assembled by the designer to make sure it is perfect.

Limit/Compress Switch: Select between two completely different compression curves. ‘Compress’ mode is a light, subtle compression that can be used to enhance tone and even out string dynamics – the tube and photo-cell yields beautifully natural and musical tone. ‘Limit’ mode is heavier for a punchier, ‘squished’ country tone.

Internal Attack and Knee controls: To allow bass players with high output/active pick-ups to adjust the compression response characteristic to tailor it to their needs. This little tube compressor performs exceptionally well with electric, active bass, 12-string and acoustic guitars – you really don’t need a separate dedicated bass compressor!

‘Proper’ side-chain: A-weighted pre-emphasis in the side-chain replicates the response of the human ear and allows for heavy compression without the excessive ‘pumping’ normally associated with compressors processing low-frequency material. Because the control side-chain circuitry is much less sensitive to low frequencies the PC-2A maintains a transparent low-end response making it an invaluable tool for taming mid-frequency transients caused by slapping or pulling strings on bass or NS stick.

Photo-optical gain control: The gain control attenuator is based on a resistive photocell which ensures the absolute minimum of distortion is introduced (much lower than V.C.A. and F.E.T. designs). Additionally, the natural decay characteristic of the photocell produces a smooth release characteristic which always sounds pleasing and natural to the ear.

Works as a tube boost pedal!: The gain is about 15dBu maximum with the ‘Peak Reduction’ knob fully anti-clockwise and the ‘Gain’ knob fully clockwise. This is enough to push a Fender ‘Tweed’ or ‘Deluxe’ amp into breakup and overdrive territory.

True Bypass Switching: With Effectrode’s unique ‘anti-pop’ or ‘thump’ footswitching circuitry utilizing sealed, gold-contact relay to eliminate the possibility of dirty contacts degrading the sound and minimal internal audio path.

Dakaware Knobs: Authentic phenolic Dakaware, Chicago 1510 knobs custom manufactured for Effectrode in the U.S.A using the original 1940s moulds.

Fitted with N.O.S Philips tube: Each PC-2A compressor is fitted with a hand-selected 6111 subminiature tube. This is one of the finest tubes ever built by any manufacturer at any time in history.

Includes 12V Wall-wart Power Supply: High quality low-noise switched mode 12VDC at 1.5A wall-wart compatible with all our pedals. Accepts 100V to 240VAC mains input and comes with different mains outlet adaptor plugs, so there is always a plug that fits the country that you are playing in.

Effectrode-PC-2A-Compressor-Review-Best-Optical-Tube-Compression-Pedal-04The PC-2A’s enclosure is a little wider than your standard Boss-sized pedal with a couple sparse knobs and a foot-switch adorning its surface. If you’re concerned with pedalboard real estate, be aware that the PC-2A also has ventilation holes punched in the sides, so you may want to give it a little extra room to either side and not let the top-mounted jacks entice you into squeezing this pedal in too tight a space. I already commented on the pedal’s general appearance in the introduction, but I do rather appreciate the minimalist appeal of the PC-2A. Effectrode must have opted to let the sound to the talking.

Effectrode-PC-2A-Compressor-Review-Best-Optical-Tube-Compression-Pedal-05When opening the pedal, you’ll that the component side of the PCB faces inward. What is visible are the 2 trimpots for Knee and Attack that’ll let you fine tune your sound if you need to. They’re clearly labeled and also have marks for “H” & “S” to indicate a hard or soft Knee and “F” & “S” for a fast or slow Attack.

The included 12VDC, 1500mA power supply emits high frequency noise when not plugged into the pedal. This disappears when you plug it in, so that shouldn’t be a concern. If you’re opting to use the PC-2A with an isolated multi-pedal power supply, the pedal’s minimum power requirement is 12 volts at 350mA. But before you plug it in and fry your pedal, know that the PC-2A’s power input is center positive, so you’ll need an adapter cable if you’re going to power it from a typical center negative PSU.

The foot-switch is indeed pop-free with a slight dip in signal volume as your wet signal fades in. This will spare your audience from loud clicks, but be sure to activate the pedal a split second sooner before you take your solo for the effect to fully kick in.

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Sound & Performance:

More than with any other compressor I’ve played, the PC-2A imparts a certain smoothness to your signal that just seems to make everything you play sound and feel a little better. While the nature of the PC-2A’s optical compression circuit plays a critical role in determining how your signal is attenuated, it’s also the pedal’s subminiature vacuum tube that adds to the overall character of the sound that comes out of this pedal. In fact, the lively qualities of the tube’s influence on your tone are so appealing that you may find yourself leaving the pedal on without any Peak Reduction just to add the tube gain stage to your signal or apply a little clean tube boost. But doing that alone would deprive you of the full joy of using this pedal.

Throughout the Peak Deduction knob’s range on the left side of noon are plenty of tone enhancing sweet spots for having the PC-2A just barely massage your signal while imparting a little of its magic on your guitar playing. The compression itself has a reasonably fast attack that doesn’t choke off your pick attack. On lower Peak Reduction settings, it’s almost hard to hear any compressing happening at all. But as you turn the knob clockwise, you’ll begin to hear greater impact on your playing dynamics and come to appreciate the way the PC-2A compresses. As the compression becomes more prominent a gentle Gain boost compensates for a reduced signal level. The PC-2A’s sound is full-range, and it retains your highs and lows. While the signal is immaculate and near-transparent, you’ll hear some pleasing yet subtle tonal characteristics and harmonic content added to your sound.

You’ll also notice how turning up the Peak Reduction knob doesn’t bring up the noise floor. That’s partly because the Peak Reduction is simply setting the compression threshold (and ratio) as opposed to raising input signal level as on an FET compressor. Then there’s the fact that the PC-2A is built completely from audiophile components optimized for purity of tone while minimizing extraneous noise. It’s very surprising and indeed praise-worthy how Effectrode have managed to keep the PC-2A so quiet. After the stellar compression and tone-enhancing qualities, the low noise level is yet another reason why the PC-2A makes a great ‘always-on’ compressor.

Higher Peak Reduction settings result in heavier compression, and with some styles of playing or high level signals you may encounter some noticeable dipping and swelling (or ‘pumping’) of your signal level. I find best results by finding those Peak Reduction levels where this occurs and simply pulling the Peak Reduction back just a little although you can play into the effect for an ethereal, “blooming” compression sound. This is also more noticeable on Limiting mode (accessed by flipping the Limit switch upward).

Modes: Compress vs Limit

Effectrode-PC-2A-Compressor-Review-Best-Optical-Tube-Compression-Pedal-06Compress mode is generally for lighter to moderate compression, although it’s still reasonably squishy at high Peak Reduction settings. But when you switch to Limit, you’ll immediately notice the difference as this mode compresses much harder. It doesn’t exactly do that ‘brick-wall’ limiting, volume ceiling type of compression, but it gives you a much harder squeeze if you need it. If you’re getting the funk out or bringing some tight country-style twang, you might want to experiment with Limit mode. For most general use you’ll probably leave the PC-2A in Compress mode.

Attack & Knee

Effectrode-PC-2A-Compressor-Review-Best-Optical-Tube-Compression-Pedal-07The PC-2A packs a couple ‘guitar-optimized’ surprises under the hood that you won’t see on the front panel of an LA-2A Limiting Amplifier. There are dedicated Attack & Release trimpots inside if you open up the backplate. They’re both already adjusted from the factory (to noon), but I couldn’t help but get in there and give ’em a tweak. I’d recommend doing this at least once when you get the pedal to really make it suit your playing style. A fast Attack setting can choke down hard on your initial pick attack, a setting bassists may find more useful. Guitarists can dial it back a little if you want your initial plucking transient to be heard clearly. Or you can dial the Attack back to a slower setting for some less prominent compression that has more of a sustaining effect on your ringing notes. The Knee determines how quickly the PC-2A achieves maximum compression when your signal crosses the threshold. I’d recommend Softer Knee settings for more subtle compression effects and Harder Knee settings for more aggressive compressing/limiting, more suitable for very percussive styles of playing. The Attack/Knee settings in the photo above are somewhere around where I typically set them. But even if you never explore these extra options, the PC-2A sounds great as it is.

There isn’t much to complain about really. I would like to have seen some sort of visual gain reduction indication. A real LA-2A style VU meter would have been neat. But instead the PC-2A encourages you to really listen to what you’re hearing to find the results you want. Of course, it’s hard to dial in a ‘bad’ sound from the 2 surface knobs if you just keep an ear on the pedal’s response, particularly the release. If the “dip-and-swell” becomes too prominent, just cut back the Peak Reduction until it smooths out. But in most cases just activating the PC-2A produces great results. Be mindful of your power supply! The power input being center positive might result in some accidental mishaps (i.e. a blown out pedal) for users not paying attention when trying to connect the PC-2A to another power supply. The pumping sounds on higher compression settings might put off some players (unless you’re into that!) although players with solid dynamic control will be able to compensate for this and or even put it to use. A compressor isn’t a substitute for lazy playing or poor technique, and a well-controlled pick hand will be rewarded with excellent results. Add to that a keen ear for the right settings, and the results are mesmerizing.

The Effectrode PC-2A is a truly professional piece of gear for those seeking audiophile quality effects. Let’s see the final result.

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The Effectrode PC-2A Compressor is an inspired take on the legendary LA-2A and is destined to attain similar classic status among ‘audiophile’ compression-loving guitarists. The PC-2A can do subtle to moderate and heavier compression while always providing a gentle sweetening to your overall guitar sound. The magic in this box comes courtesy of its unique photo-optical tube design that imparts a certain warmth to your signal that you’ll only get from this pedal. It’s deceptively simple to use, but dial in the settings that most suit your playing and witness stunning results. The Effectrode PC-2A is without a doubt the best optical tube compression pedal available today.

That concludes our Effectrode PC-2A Compressor review. Thanks for reading.

 

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800 COMMENTS

  1. This compressor covers such a wide variety of tones and applications. I really like how it can go from “transparent,” (but toneful) compression to funky squish. Usually compressors do one or the other, but it’s rare to see a pedal that achieves both extremes of compression.

  2. 133 years ago, Edison’s ‘discovery’ of thermionic emmisions began the development of tube technology. The raw principles of heat, light and magnetism will always outclass digital emmulations; the map is not the ground.

  3. What a fantastic pedal!! To have that beautiful sound in such a small package… yes please and thank you!

  4. Man that compressor sounds good, would love to hear side-by-side all the Keeley compressor Effectrode compressor.

  5. Honestly, that high current demand is a bit of a let-down. I’d have to re-engineer my pedal board power supply. But I suppose that’s the price that comes with heating up a tube.

  6. This is one of the best modern compressors I’ve heard!! There’s a nice sweet spot where you can use it almost as a boost and gives you infinite sustain and personally I like to use optical compressors to get better control over playing feedback.

  7. Heard one of these recently and was really impressed. Saving up some pennies to have one in my signal chain permanently.

  8. I think this is a top flight stomp box comp. I love studio tones that sound sweet and compressed…This pedal has the magic of the vintage sound.

  9. A compressor with a touch of vintage suond.
    Everything about the guitar that Mr. Gilmour touches, becomes gold. I haven’t all these money for a compressor. I hope I will win the competition… it is the one chance to have this beautiful compressor :-)))

  10. This pedal sounds brilliant! You can hear how just putting this in your signal chain makes your guitar sound better. This is a home run for Effectrode!

  11. WoW that looks and sounds like a incredible pedal. The option of the internal trimpods maybe a very good move to make those, sometimes needed, tweeks.
    Love the full analog part and the fact that the tubes at burned in.

    Yup very versatile pedal. Love to have one

  12. Diving back into guitar after raising my two kids. Putting my sound back together and this would be the perfect addition for my reawakening!!!

  13. Wow, this is an amazing compressor. It’s very transparent. I will definitely keep this pedal on my radar.

  14. Move over Keeley 4 Knob compressor! You’ve just been dethroned by the new king of compression pedals. This has sub-miniature tube smoothness powering the resistive photocell, resulting in a natural compression and decay minus the unwanted sound so common with compressor. Plus, David Gilmour uses it! If it’s good enough for Gilmour, it’s good enough for you!

  15. I would love this compression pedal. It would help fill that deep dark void inside of me that is never content or satisfied with life. The void that I continue to try to fill with expensive guitar pedals and effects. Please, I hope I win this. I don’t want to be alone with that darkness…

  16. I have a Wampler ego compressor and am removing it from my board in search of a better compressor. The Wampler is a noisy pig. If the pc2a preforms as reviewed it will give me both the quiet cleans and soaring over drive tones I’ve been looking to refine. Very interested. I really want this pedal.

  17. ein tolles teil!

    das haette ich gerne mal zum testen in der hand.
    klingt ja phantastisch, was dieser compressor alles kann!!

    Jay

  18. This looks like an amazing pedal! I would love it as part of my growing collection! Thank you for the great review!

  19. I like this pedal. I don’t have much experience with compressors but I like the ease of use. I like to keep it simple. Anything more than a few knobs and I spend too much time trying to dial in my tone. Have you done a review on the EHX Soul Preacher. I would like to see that. Thanks.

  20. I’m amazed at the range of compression with this pedal. From a subtle compression to a full on “squash” that swells with intensity – love it!

  21. I’m in the market for a quality compressor to achieve some good country and early Knopfler tones. After reading and watching the review I realise I need 2, one for my guitar and one for my saliva ducts! Seeing as though I have never owned a compressor, it would be a true blessing to own this one. Cheers, thanks for the awesome review, James.

  22. I am impressed. This is probably the first of the bajillion compressors that actually pulls off a swell or hump at the dropoff point, ala the Ross Gray Compressor. I owned a Ross up until two years ago, and it was this very feature of the sound processing which made it so awesome. But I would need to tweak it, in fact, I know exactly how to tweak it to optimize it? Anyway, yes, I would love to have one of these. Super useful for adding brighter, more articulate tone, for singing sustain on solos, for mood and atmosphere on rhythm tracks, you name it. Pros use compressors. Single coil to add meat and thickness, and humbuckers to blow roof off of sustain. Great job! Cheers!

    • I mean, I know the Ross was not tube, but it is about the knee and attack. This design has it’s own particular sweet sound, and options, and unlike other compressors, including rack compressors, I think it would be capable of pulling off a comprossion. The demo did a great job of showing the versatility of this awesome compressor! Thanks!

  23. As a studio pro, I’m compelled by anything even REFERENCING the Teletronix LA-2A. I’ve used it ENDLESSLY on vocals and guitar and even drums. To have the opportunity to have an inspired version for guitar would be AMAZING. This is so very cool, and a creation right after my own heart. It might be time to get a compressor for my signal chain. Thanks for the excellent review you guys, I love this site.

  24. Wow. Whoa. I’ve had one compressor/sustained pedal and I just probably never knew how to use it correctly. This article just taught me the most about something I know the least about. Sounds like a really great effect to experiment with. Great article. Wow.

  25. I’ve tried a lot of comps and finally settled on the MXR Dyna Comp, it does a great job of adding sustain and volume. Still the comp bug is never completely scratched.

  26. Realmente no he utilizado ningún pedal, pero me gustaría que el vuestro fuese el primero. Gracias !!!!

  27. Great review aa always. You know, the problem with you reviews and your website overall is that after reading each review I start thinking that I MUST have that very pedal. And it happens with all of them. This one at least I have a chance to win. Let the gods of rock be so kind and let me win this time :)

  28. Big fan of optical controlled compression. Love the side chain feature, but would also like a mix knob for parallel compression.

  29. Sounds good! I have aTele, Strat, couple of Kramers, a Dean Dobro, a twelver and I play slide WOW! How would it be?

  30. Tonal flexibility is a real necessity in any pedal, because pedal board real estate is always at a premium. The Effectrode PC-2A has it in spades… not does it create amazing clean tones, but it properly squashes, limits and thickens… great pedal!

  31. An awesome high-quality low-noise compressor! I would love for this to be the first thing my guitar sees. Thanks for the great review

  32. It sound a very interesting pedal!!!12 VDC? I prefer 9 but with a good powertank it isn’t a problem

  33. It’s almost insane the level of quality and the sheer amount of pedals being issued now. It’s actually confusing. Not to mention bank account threatening.

  34. It is truly amazing, the quality of compressors that are available in pedal form now. I really want to play through this one!

  35. This is an amazing looking compressor, this brand makes very high quality products and I would love to own anything they make.

  36. I’m real close to pulling the trigger on a used Strymon ob.1 off of eBay (if I can find one) but this review is giving me second thoughts. The PC-2A seems legit!

  37. Another amazing compressor, this site is making it extremely hard for me to decide on which one I want to add to my board.

  38. compression has become a central feature of both my bass playing and acoustic guitar playing… this pedal sounds soooo cool

  39. Nice and simple, while compression can be a, you sound like you in a tin can disaste,r a good one can add such warmth and even things out nicley, this one seems great!! :)

  40. The wonderful thing about a tube-based signal path is the added second-harmonic that is introduced as a function of tube amplification. This adds warmth and a natural feel that is sweet beyond compare! Add to that the actual compression circuit and you have the tone and response everyone seeks.

  41. I would love to own an original LA2A but the price is insane. This might be the closest I’ll get. Thanks for the review!

  42. I’ve been holding off on compressors based on the dynamic way I play, but I love the straightforward design and transparent tone this one offers.

  43. I’ve been holding off on compressors since my playing style tends to be really dynamic, but I love the straightforward design and transparency this one offers.

  44. Seems like a very subtle compressor. Nice smooth sound. I like the responsiveness to picking dynamics. I’m a die hard Dyna Comp user but I could easily be talked into the PC-2A.

  45. I wondered why a compressor with only two knobs needed to be so big, but it’s because they crammed so much magic inside. Now i don’t know how they managed it to fit all that into such a *small* box, but it really does rival the rack unit. A lot of compressors do nothing but choke the life out of a guitar, but this one sounds great!

  46. Great review, looks to be an outstanding compression pedal. Been giving serious thought to adding one to my board.

  47. I really like this pedal. I’ve been really interested in compression lately taking a funk course online. Help me tighten up my tone for my funky rhythm baby, yeah!

  48. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect compressor. the quest never ends. but with this one here, I’m thinking this might actually be THE one. it sounds wonderful. this would probably be great for both clean AND distorted tones.

  49. Great review!!! One of the most detailed I’ve read!!!
    Love to get my hands on one :) It really seems to be the ultimate compressor for me.

  50. This Optical Tube Compressor is the “Sleeping Giant ” that you need on your Pedalboard and will leave a long lasting impression in your mind ,,, Great Pedal with Simple Design

  51. Effectrode makes some of the best effects pedals bar none. I always wanted this compressor since I’m not happy with the one I have, even though it is a quite popular one. After I saw that David Gilmour uses the PC-2A on his effects board frequently and I tried it, I really wanted it but couldn’t afford it. (I play a lot of Gilmour and Pink Floyd). Wish I could win one ….really badly!

  52. I am hoping the Effectrode PC-2A Compressor will replace what my dbx1066 did in my electric guitar Marshall TSL100 half-stack rack effects setup, since lately I am trying to stick with more of a boutique effects pedal system.

    I expect that the low noise floor and internal controls will help me develop my sound with extra nuances and harmonics that come from using a superior compressor like the Effectrode PC-2A Compressor.

    I like that it is hand wired and features a audiophile grade tube (valve).

    I’m lining up the tripod now in anticipation of it’s delivery.

  53. This compressor is incredible!! To have the beauty of an LA-2A in a pedal would be absolutely astounding. I am curious if anyone has tried utilizing it on bass…

  54. I use an Aguilar TLC on my bass and I want to know if this effect is reccomended for use only with guitar or is indifferent. I’ve heard some demos and this pedal has sweetness. The impression I have is of a great quality effect with simple commandments.

  55. Sick review! I just started building my pedalboard this year and don’t have a compressor yet. I’d love to use this to balance out my sound for tapping

  56. This pedal looks sick, and I would use it for a wide variety of functions with both subtle and fullbore compression

  57. I have a walrus audio deep six. I personally cannot imagine a sweeter compressor, but this does look intriguing.

  58. Great review! The PC-2A it’s a very nice compressor, it gives a really nice and unique sound, much better than other compressors i’ve hearded.

    I’m putting this one into my “wishlist” :)

  59. This pedal looks to have packed a lot of features into a 2 knob pedal. And that is what I like about this pedal, the simplicity of it. I would use this pedal with bass guitar, harmonica and a steel resonator guitar.

  60. An in-depth and comprehensive look at one of the most professional and well respected compressor/limiter pedals on the market thus far.

    If you’re new to what a no nonsense compressor can be capable for attaining in regards to tone and transparency, or if you’re wanting a studio capable pedal on your trusty pedalboard then this is the gadget for you.

    Smaller than most of its competitors on the current pedals market, but backing a hefty punch with the unique selling point of having tone driven by military grade specificationed internal valves making sure you get the possible sound with no voltage drops that some compressor suffer from.

    If listening is more your thing, then click on the video link and let your ears do the talking, the pedal is that good! Why bother to settle for anything else?

    Well this pedal really didn’t have to stop…it just kept on going…..And so castles made of sand, slips into the sea,
    Eventually.

    You tell’m Jimi!

  61. Wishlist material I guess… but I shouldn’t be here!

    My GAS has been totally killing my bank account for months… HELP :)

  62. It’s not the type of compressor that I love but it seems like the most recommended for everyone else.
    Great gear and review. Thanks.

  63. Just found out that the principle of compression might be easy to understand. Great gear and review. Thanks.
    P.S. It’s not the type of compressor that I love but it seems like the most recommended for everyone else.

  64. I was interested in this because apparently David Gilmour uses one. It looks amazing, I’m GASing badly for this.

  65. This pedal looks great and simple which is always a major plus. Id love to add it to my small arsenal of pedals!

  66. Would love to win this pedal. Seems like a great one, have heard nothing but amazing reviews. I’m 16 and in a new band, we’re only teens so we can’t afford much equipment. This would be a great asset. Thanks for the opportunity :)

  67. i guess I’m going for sympathy points here.
    i got laid off on my birthday.. at the beginning of april
    i had won a effectrode pc-2a on reverb for a decent price and because of my recent unemployment, i had to tell the seller that i could not afford the payment. thankfully he understood and did not leave bad review.
    i also had to sell my david gilmour tickets. it hasn’t been a good month.
    regardless, effectrode is an amazing company, i have the tube vibe and phil makes some amazing pedals.
    who ever gets this pedal will certainly be more than happy it’s on their board.

  68. Wow, really impressed! could hardly believe that it is a LA-2A in a pedal! Would be a dream to have on my pedalboard, but that price on Amazon keeps it more on the dream side.

  69. I have a BlackBird Preamp and I am look forward to adding one of these to the rig. If only the world would use the Phil Taylor Ethic to build everything….

  70. Makes me think of Dave Weiner’s description: “…gives your sound a nice sonic hug…” except this hug sounds even smoother than the maxon cp101.

  71. Love a good clean tone and this pedal brings it to life. Also enjoyed the ability to tweek/mod it through the inside adjustments.

  72. I’ve been on the hunt for a decent compressor for a while. This looks like it might be exactly what I was after.

  73. Well designed with simple controls yet has a wide range of usable settings. The video demo shows its capabilities really well.

  74. I already loved Effectrode’s Blackbird preamp and Tube Drive. The two together (coupled with a Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B.) produced any modern and vintage sound I could think of. This pedal is like icing on the cake. It would retain warmth while still cutting out any shrill top end. It’s definitely one of the best sounding pedal compressors (besides the Xotic SP and the Empress).

  75. I’ve been playing electric cello for about 20 years now. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about how to effect and manage tone of bowed stringed instruments on stage. As with all bowed strings, dynamics are really important but their is also such a wide dynamic range that it becomes necessary to do at least some moderate compression in order to get the best possible gain in live settings. I haven’t tried this pedal but it seems like it would be a good match for tempering of bowed strings such as cello, violin, and stand up bass.

  76. Sounds great…Best compressor I’ve heard since I started looking to make a change. Plus…it’s a sharp looking pedal!

  77. Super awesome pedal!! I just found out about Effectrode Audiophile Pedals a few weeks ago, and I have fallen in love with every single one! I really dig their Fire Bottle, Tube-Vibe, and Blackbird, but NOW I think I like this pedal even more!! I would use the PC-2A as a tone sweetener–tighten everything up without losing dynamics. I think the PC-2A would really complement my Strat and Super Reverb. Always on the search for discovering new tones, and your website’s reviews are very informative and super helpful!! Keep it up!

  78. Stil trying to get that Gilmour sound, and actually I have never found the right compressor for me.
    Maybe this one could be a good try!

  79. This thing really seems like a Gilmour in a box sound when mixed with some of the other effects he used frequently, It has a really interesting character

  80. A Guitarist/producer friend had told me about the LA-2A a while back and i think i may have gotten a little “excited” about it back than… But reading about the PC-2A here in detail makes me dream of sounds… Been trying to get a round tight crisp sound and I cant make anything work just right so far… This might be the little devil that might be THE ingridience ive been missing.

  81. This looks absolutely killer! Would LOVE to add it to a bass pedal board I’m building to use with my fender precision bass!

  82. This is a great review. I don’t say it just because i’m hoping to win the giveaway, it really is a very detailed and in-depth review, written by someone who obviously enjoyed the pedal. This adds value to the review, and makes me want the pedal so badly! Thanks

  83. Sounds great on guitar. I’d love to hear it on bass and Rhodes. I wonder if it could be used on live vocals with a JHS Colour Box as preamp and EQ, into the PC-2A for compression?

    But, the positive-tip power requirements?! Seems like such a missed opportunity to make it compatible with 95% of the power supplies out there. Should be able to use a charge pump circuit internally to flip the polarity. I wonder if there’s room inside to mod it.

  84. Fantastic review and clear explanation of the wonders of the LA-2A. Can’t get any better than saturated tube compression. I totally agree that a real VU meter would have been awesome.

  85. Huge Sound, One Of My Friends Has It, And I I Won’t Win That From Your Website, I’ll Be Definitely Buy It.

  86. if this pedal will enhance my tone with warmth and “who knows what” then I’ll take it! I’ve always wanted an effectrode pedal but for one reason or another I never had the chance. Now it seems like a golden opportunity. I MUST HAVE IT!

  87. This sounds so good that I can’t imagine myself using another compressor. I have the Whirlwind Red Box which is a very nice compressor but this PC-2A looks like the definitive compressor for me! I really want this pedal!

  88. If I won this pedal, I’d be overjoyed! If I don’t win, I’ll torture my band with bamboo shoots under their fingernails. For my bands sake, make the right decision!! :)

  89. Oh man, I have always always wanted one of these Effectrode compressors. Silky magic, as shown by the excellent video demo by Best Guitar Effects. But you get what you pay for and I’ve just never been able to muster the funds. Probably the only way that this magic box will ever end up on my pedalboard is if I can win one!!!

  90. Great review about an overlooked pedal! Effectrode make great pedals, more folk should try them when auditioning their next purchase

  91. A great review for a great pedal. Effectrode is without a doubt the last word of audiophile pedals! I’m sold, I want this compressor!

  92. Wow!!! This sounds like a winner!!! Only two knobs and one switch make it easy to use for a compressor newbie such as myself. Plus the internal trimmers give it more versatility. I could see this pedal on my board and also for my home recording projects. My old Fender Deluxe Reverb can be overdriven with the available gain or used as a solo boost. Also the NOS tube inside is quite appealing for the warmth factor and since it’s based on the legendary LA-2A makes me want it even more. It’s nice to see such attention to detail and overall quality from a pedal maker.

  93. Wow!!! This sounds like a winner!!! Only two knobs and one switch make it easy to use for a compressor newbie such as myself. Plus the internal trimmers give it more versatility. I could see this pedal on my board and also for my home recording projects. My old Fender Deluxe Reverb can be overdriven with the available gain or used as a solo boost. Also the NOS tube inside is quite appealing for the warmth factor and since it’s based on the legendary LA-2A makes me want it even more. It’s nice to see such attention to detail and overall quality from a pedal maker.

  94. My favorite of all my 40 plus pedals. Just having it gives me peace of mind. I’m currently revamping my pedal board to contain both my acoustic and electric pedals, and then both share this compressor on the way out. What Phil does is unreal. Every pedal maker on earth should take a note from his detail, research, knowledge, parts and process

  95. This pedal is indeed a truly a labor of love! Sounds amazing and looks very classy! I need one of this on my pedal board right now!

  96. Keeping the audiophile design philosophy of Effectrode pedals, this little gem is based on one of the best compressors ever made but stripped down to stomp box format. A high quality and very good sounding pedal indeed! A MUST HAVE!

  97. I have Effectrode at the top of my list for every pedal in my chain. After joining the military in September of 2001 I put all of my musical endeavors on hold. Fast forward to now and I have almost completed my perfect path. I’ve upgraded a stratocaster that I havnt even played yet because I’m waiting for it to be completed. I just added the Effectrode Tube Boost. All I need is a volume pedal and a perfect compressor. SHOW ME THE MONEY EFFECTRODE OR ILL HAVE TO BUY THIS GORGEOUS MACHINE!

  98. Effectrode pedals seem to always deliver when it comes to creating an ultimate tool for improving your tone. Their compressor PC-2A is no different. I love the fact that your can also use it as a clean boost. It’s not the most universal comp that’s for sure, but it’s the most inspiring. It won’t be leaving my board any time soon. Highly recommended.

  99. Effectrode pedals are simply the best you can buy for getting the ultimate tone! This pedals aren’t mere clones, but rather original valve-driven designs. I just can’t wait to get my hands on this compressor.!!

  100. This valve-driven optical compressor pedal has always been a very solid design. “A MUSt HAVE” for enhance your guitar tones !

  101. This pedal is very sweet. I’ve wanted to get my hands on it since I demo’d it. WANT!!!!! Nice demo video guys, as usual.

  102. I had a ross gray, i got it as part of a deal in around 1980, threw it in the closet. after 30 years, I checked it out and it blew me away. I’m not big on the squish of compression, I’m far more into the sparkle, even dynamics, and sustain, all of which happen with a good compressor. This Effectrode PC-2A has great gain, and is really low noise, much, much quieter than a ross. The demo is impressive, and shows the info I need, which is that I can get a bloom-type sustain, which is how I like to use a compressor. I’m also more likely to use a compressor always on for a single coil guitar, or sustain/bloom on for a humbucker solo setting. This compressor has the goods. I’m sold! I hope I win it, hehe, I sold the ross a while ago, and based on what I’ve heard, this is about the first compressor that I would say probably sounds better than the ross. The rest do not, definitely do not… Nice job!

  103. Hi guys,
    Fantastic review as always.
    Most of us guitarists seem to spend our lives (and cash) searching for that magic box, the tonal enhancer that not only makes us sound like our heroes on our favourite records, but also makes us play and sound better than we really are.
    By the very nature of the effect compression has on your tone, feel and playing and the gorgeous tube warmth and harmonic richness in these Effectrode pedals coupled with its basis on such a classic piece of gear (LA2a) used in countless records, I humbly suggest that Effectrode has achieved that holy grail in the pedal world….this is it folks, the magic box!!

  104. I always have mixed feelings about simplistic compressors. I sometimes worry I won’t have the control that I want. But then again, this one sounds fantastic…

  105. Cool sounding pedal. Would love to hook it up to a vocal recording chain and see how it stacks up. Either way, sounds great on guitar

  106. Killer compressor pedal. tone machine for sure… And actually smaller and much more pedalboard friendly than I thought it would be. My only beef would be lack of a clean blend

  107. Effectrode are one of the best pedal manufacturers in operation today. It’s always worth checking out what they are up to.

  108. Dang, this thing looks sweet. I use compression on almost everything I play, considering that my band plays everything from Weezer to Five Finger Death Punch. I’d love to get my hands on this!

  109. Audiophile comp giveaway! Smooth, warm 1950s tube technology, not ‘like’ a studio compressor, it IS a studio compressor. I must have it!

  110. This jewel would fit perfectly in my chain after the Fat Fuzz Factory and Hotone Tape Eko!!!

    I use to put the Fat and the Tape right on my guitar vit velcro, so I could change sound with my hand during the performance!!!

    So I just need some pedals on the ground, ’cause my feet are sad to do nothing!!!

  111. One of the best reviews I’ve read of one (if not THE best) of the best compression pedals on the market. I’m really hoping to get one of this little gems!

  112. Hope to try this one out soon. I hear some guitar greats are using this pedal. Would like to compare to my Cali76

  113. Photo optical tube compressor, transparent, dead silent, tube boost to push the amp into overdrive … THIS IS A MUST HAVE!

    • not photo-optical.
      the pc2a uses the triode I-V curve to accomplish the compression. i.e. real tube compression.

      • I meant the overall design of the pedal, not how it accomplishes the compression effect. It features a pure analog tube circuit (which I think it does what you say regarding how it accomplishes the compression effect) and a gain control, based on a resistive photocell, limiting the amount of distortion entering into the signal. Hence the full name of the pedal : Photo-Optical Tube Compressor, Model PC-2A.

  114. Love the threshold variance. Nice and squashy, or subtle. Sounds very warm and natural. Dead simple operation with two knobs.

  115. Compressor pedals may not be on the top of your shopping list. However, a compressor is a powerful tool for enhancing your tones and this one seems to be the last word of compressor pedals! MUST HAVE MUST HAVE MUST HAVE MUST HAVE!

  116. I’d really like to test this pedal. I have a MXR DynaComp, and I’d like to trade it. This Effectrode PC-2A Compressor looks really awesome.

  117. It’s official: Best Guitar Effects is addicted to compressors.

    So am I.

    I’d like to add this to my compressor cache and compare it to my Cali76 (again, many thanks for that !).

    Upright through the PC-2A ? Sure, Why Not ¡?¿!

    The knobs alone are too cool – from the original ’40’s molds – if not an excessive detail! Nonetheless, I’m eager to hear one of these in person.

    Merci beaucoup for yet another great compressor-giveaway contest.

    – NMA

  118. The only compressor that I have ever owned was a Armstrong Orange Squeezer.This Effectrode sounds better than my old squeezer.I would love to win it.

  119. Audiophile comp giveaway! Smooth, warm 1950s tube technology, not ‘like’ a studio compressor, it IS a studio compressor. I must have it!

  120. Compressors are much underrated on pedalboards across the world. A decent one (like the Effectrode) can help you nail your tone

  121. I’m impressed with the versatility! The tube makes a HUGE difference in any compression circuit. You introduce a small percentage of second order harmonics which is the warmth everyone talks about. Adds the sparkle and organic feel – hence the reason for tube amp purists.

    I’d love to get my hands on one of these!

  122. A tube photo-optical compressor in pedal form is quite a piece of design,and I think it deserves praise just for that.

  123. Compressors are always difficult pedals to assess until you plug in yourself, but this certainly sounds lovely from the get go. When push comes to squash… it’s on my wish list.

  124. I’ve used so many software emulations of the LA-2A over the years, but I’ve never handled any hardware like this before!

  125. Less is more! Sometimes beauty lies in the simplicity of things and this pedal is no exception, just two knobs and there you go! Photo-Optical Tube Compressor and also works very nice as a Tube Boost pedal! Seriously, what else could you need?

  126. After reading the final line “Without a doubt the best optical tube compression pedal available today!”, I must have it, no matter what! I have 2 already, The Whirlwind Red Box Compressor which is a true clone of the vintage script logo MXR Dynacomp, a really good compressor indeed. The other is the EHX Soul Preacher Compressor which is “OK”. Compressor pedals are very often misunderstood and not one of your top priorities, but a good compressor (and a good setting) can do wonders to your tone. Once again, this is A MUST HAVE!

  127. Effectrode stuff seems like it’s top notch. I’ve never used a compressor but guys like Andy Timmons and David Gilmour seem to like them so I’d love to try one.

  128. I’d be interested to see how this would sound in modern djent. Compression get’s tricky going into prog/metal land.

  129. This pedal is just the thing I need to calm down my 1978 Kramer DMZ3000. The super-hot custom DiMarzios are absolute screamers, so much that I can’t hardly even play it in a small place. That knee control would let me cut out some of the initial punchiness and trimming back the peaks will help too.

  130. Compressors are one of those effects that other people seem to be able to use really well, but I have always struggled with. I like this one has nice simple controls, sounds great in the demo. Would love to try it.

  131. Been interested in trying a compressor for a while and have heard several good ones, but this is the first one that just instantly sounded impressive regardless of the settings. Such smooth sustain, crisp attack and fat tone and all the while being absolutely clear and noise free. So needless to say, I would be overjoyed if I am lucky enough to win it.

  132. I’ve been on the lookout for a compressor that wouldn’t overly color my sound and would still allow plenty of playing dynamic. This thing sounds super musical and the tube buffer aspect gives it some versatility.

  133. I had the pleasure of trying a PC-2A a while back and even though I ended up purchasing a Crazy Tube Circuits “Bulb” compressor as I couldn’t quite afford the Effectrode at the time, I would still love to have one of these. They sounds absolutely every bit as good as the reviews claim and quite likely are the best pedal format compressor on the market.
    For what its worth: the Effectrode “Fire Bottle” is also excellent as is everything from Crazy Tube Circuits.

  134. Have been looking at compressor pedals for a while now, and having had the pleasure of recording through tube compressors (not my own unfortunately) similar to the Teletronix, the thought of having one on hand to play through all the time in a stompbox is very exciting! I love the look of the simplicity of the controls, and the simple look. It also sounds amazing! I can see why this would be worthy of 5 stars, would love to try one and perhaps buy one!

  135. This looks like a really good compressor. Very transparent compression with a bit of warmth thanks to the tube inside! Nothing like good quality tube driven compressor to enhance your tone!

  136. This seems like exactly what I need to smooth out the attack and release of my Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer. The EHX Black Finger was just a little noisy for my taste and I parted with it due to it’s greasy feel. I’ve owned several of Phil’s creations and loved them all! High hopes for this one!

  137. I’ve never had a compressor pedal, but if I were to have one, I’d love to win this one! Good luck to me! LOL

  138. I’m using the Xotic XP comp at the moment, which does a fair job in a small package. But this thing will blow it away. I’m in!

  139. Been using the black finger for a while now, but a lot of noise and technical problems have made me reconsider my options. The Pc-2a looks fantastic!

  140. Amazing, seems like a pedal I could actually work. Not like others I’ve ordered and just can’t seem to get the sweet sound.

  141. Ah, a compressor is the next thing on my pedals buying list. I guess I’ll check this one out. Good luck with the giveaway, people. ;)

  142. It would have been nice to have attack and knee controls on the face to make it easier to tweak, I find myself never touching internal trims because I’m usually adjusting pedals on the fly. I can’t believe they managed to fit tubes in there, sounds great.

  143. I really love trying out different types of compressors and this one has been on my list for quite sometimes! From the video demos by different people, this unit is the best one for my ear!

  144. I love the sound you get with this pedal. What really stands out though is the simplicity. I love the two knob design. This pedal is way less intimidating than other compressors that have 4+ knobs. Effectrode really nailed it with this one, I totally get why this is a favorite.

  145. Awesome sounding pedal! I really like the clean, elegant face and minimal control knobs yet great tone and effect. Great job again demonstrating just what this pedal can do!

  146. Hello there, I had the fortune of trying out a friends PC-2A tube compressor and I was astounded at how rich & smooth it made my strat sound through my tube amp – even though my Tone King amp already sounds great.
    This compressor is superb in many ways and really adds warm ‘silk and sparkle’ for many styles of playing, and breathes life into your tone by accentuating the over tones!
    That is what I hear through this great piece of technology. Happy pickin’!

  147. Seems like a nice compressor stomp box. Would love to try it. I’ve just started looking for one, but haven’t bought one yet.

  148. Seems like a nice compressor stomp box. Would love to try it. I’ve just started looking for one, but haven’t bought one yet.

  149. You can tell the attention to detail by the quality of the sound produce in Effectrode pedals. Hope to win this one!

  150. Wow! It seems a very classy pedal! Nothing like a quality valve driven pedal that could become an essential part of my tone.

  151. Effectrode PC-2A Compressor; I could not say it any better than you did in the review: “it aims to do is take the notable performance qualities of its muse and present them in a compact format for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians with a discerning taste for what Effectrode appropriately calls “audiophile pedals”.”
    And you said it best again when you stated: “The PC-2A can do subtle to moderate and heavier compression while always providing a gentle sweetening to your overall guitar sound.” I truly with all my heart and soul agree to the max! Love it!

  152. This looks really interesting! I’ve yet to try a compressor that fits my acoustic board, I think this pedal may be the thing for me.

  153. Definitely one ( if not the only) of the best compressors out there! This one could be on the list of everyone!

  154. Is the PC-2A quiet enough to be used in the studio in non-guitar applications? For instance, as a tracking limiter?

  155. Never really had much interest in compressors but this adds a nice, warm sounding tone at the lower levels. Nice.

  156. This is a dream pedal for me, especially being made in my home state. I’ve been looking for a new compressor and this one would be perfect.

  157. I am thinking about a compressor to use with my tonewood amp on an acoustic guitar. This looks like it would be really good for that, among other things. The review sounds really good.

  158. This pedal sounds great. Usually compressors have you fiddling with several settings in order to reach the kind of quality sound compression this pedal does in a single knob. Great demo too, btw.

  159. Now that’s got to be the sweetest compression I’ve ever heard from a pedal.
    The ever so slight tube boost is like the icing on a finely crafted cake.
    I love it. I’ll have one of those with a slice of cake, please!

  160. This compressor seems to tick the boxes what you want out of an compressor:
    low-noise, easy to use. some advanced setting in the box if you need them to really tweak on the dynamics of your playing.

    Also the tubes Effectrode uses are really nice. They have that sweet high response and nice bloomy low/low mids. So using it as a colouring tool by just using it as a boost is a very possible option!

  161. I use only a small number of pedals. High quality compressor like this one is a must for every acoustic or electric guitarist.

  162. I’ve never been satisfied with typical guitar pedal compressors. They just don’t live up to the analog warmth of a good tube compressor, which are typically found only in rack form. But this pedal seems less like a pedal and more like a pro quality compressor in pedal form. The simplicity of having just two knobs and a switch on the outside, and more trimpots inside if you need the tweakability, is very appealing. Definitely a must-try.

  163. I believe a certain Mr Gilmour has one of these on his ‘board… I don’t think he can be accused of average tone! Me likey, yes please!

  164. i’m dying to get my hands on one…….i f*ing love my tube vibe more than any other pedal. its so sexy clean, so sexy pushed by distortion, and sexiest pushing my distortion. i hope i win the giveaway, the workmanship is soooooooooo top notch.

    huge fan

  165. This thing looks amazing. I can’t wait to win it and put it to good use compressing the holy hell out of the custom active Barts on my Ibby SR506…

  166. wow. this compressor sounds like its way better than the one I’m currently using. this would be a great addition to my pedal board.

  167. This looks great. I can’t wait to hear this with my Ibby SR506 running through my 1972 Ampeg V4 head and Cerwin Vega cabinet.

  168. Man Gabriel,

    Your reviews are always on point – I think some guys use reviews as an excuse to just show off their chops – but you always really showcase WHAT the pedal does, and HOW it does it. The text commentary really helps novice players see what is going on, instead of “get this Pedal and you’ll like [Insert famous guitarist here]”.

    BTW – the compressor sounds amazing!

  169. Honestly this would be a great present for my father who is turning 70 this year. He is a guitar maniac. I already have a Boss compression sustainer that’s good for my own needs.

  170. I can never make a decision on which compressor to get. Every time I think I know, I see a review like this and have to reevaluate everything

  171. I’m looking into doing a guitar effects review channel on youtube, focusing on comparing pedals to clones and/or similar pedals. I was just thinking of doing a compressor shootout for my first video when I saw this giveaway–I’d love to see how this compares to the MXR Comp and a few other comps as well.

  172. With so many FET/1176 type compressors getting popular for guitar, it’s awesome that someone was inspired by an LA-2A instead (one of my all-time favorite compressors).

  173. It’s really hard to get much off a compressor demo beyond it’s most extreme sounds since it’s all about the touch dynamics and not to my own touch. But this demo makes me want to try one, so well done.

  174. Wow, this compressor seems top-notch! Nothing like good tube compression to get the job done. I’d love to win this!

  175. Seems great ! I always had preference for optical compressors, I wish this one should be a must have effect on my pedalboard !

  176. I am entering to win this since it received 5 stars in your review, my hubby is the guitarist and he loves him some pedals, so I feel quite certain he would be super happy if I surprise him with this compressort

  177. Another outstanding compressor – makes me think I might need one in my signal chain… thanks for the review

  178. I’ve been listening to the Effectrode PC-2A on many videos, with headphones on, and I’m wanting this so much! It’s the best-sounding compressor I’ve ever been able to hear on Youtube. (I play Chapman Stick, and wish I had two of these!).

    Roy Verges

  179. Man, this thing sounds so so sweet. I’ve never used a compressor in my pedal chain, but this demo video is slowly convincing me that it might be what I’m missing. Certainly would love to hear it with my delay and fuzz pedals.

  180. Given Effectrode’s track record this should be nothing less than amazing.
    An LA-2A in smaller pedal format?
    Yes Please!!!

  181. The Effectrode PC-2A Compressor Haiku:
    photo-optical
    two button compression bliss
    gift from Best Guitar Effects

  182. My choice for the board! One of the best comp’s in pedalsize for guitar besides the Cali76 Compact Deluxe. Other exellent competitors are the OVNIFX Smoothie, FEA Labs “Opti-FET Compressor” and finaly the Rothwell Love Squeeze – at least from my point of view ;-)

  183. The holy compressor ! The only one between the others. I already have one, and I’ll be glad of havinga second!
    I use it with my electric and acoustic guitare, but it is also great for warming sounds like snare, kick, toms.. in studio work.
    Last time, I use to master a project as a NY compressor. Really, really awesome, and so versatile…

  184. I’ve been wanting this particular compressor for a while and winning it would thrill me more than probably anyone else on this list, you have no idea. I would buy it if I could spare the money but unfortunately cannot. Please consider me for winning and making someone’s day like you wouldn’t believe such a simple thing to you could be for me!

  185. sounds amazing….i.e. natural sounding..simple to operate..unfortunately most comp demos lack detailed demonstration of how good the device is in distorted infinite sustain situation ala Gilmour