After I posted the EHX Soul Preacher compressor/sustainer, @underwoodblog suggested I check out the Barber Tone Press Compressor. This definitely seems to be a great pedal and depending on what you want to do, this could be a great addition to your board.
Here is the official pedal description:
The Barber Tone Press Compressor Effect Pedal: tone and sustain with plug and play performance. Bringing together the very best of classic guitar compression and time-honored recording techniques, the Barber Tone Press compressor pedal is a revolutionary performance compression pedal that has no rival… A Tonal Breakthrough: How Barber Did It: In research and development, Barber studied the problems associated with classic guitar compressors and their recent clones and found that, while the clone-makers build pedals with improved components (cleaner switching, in particular) and matched transistors, a few of the major drawbacks of those vintage designs still exist. The most glaring drawback of popular classic compressors is that they reverse the guitar’s phase and cause a pop (squashed attack anyone?) at the beginning of every note.
Although we now see some compression units that have attack controls, they leave a bit to be desired as they require seemingly endless trial and error tweaking – and no solution. The solution? Parallel compression, a Barber innovation that blows away having to deal with attack, ratio and release knobs of other so-called studio compressors. Barber developed a one-of-a-kind and quite proprietary continuous blend control circuit and combined it with a discrete Class A FET mixer circuit to allow you to continuously blend the natural signal of your carefully selected guitar with a phase-corrected classic compression circuit. The result? What guitar players have always wanted – unaltered attack and supernatural sustain and resonance, no studio engineering degree required.
I also found another great demo video by gearmanndude where he gets a little assistance with some serious compressed country pickin’
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