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Old 04-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My first compressor in over a decade as I never liked the "classic" favs.
The Wampler became my fav pedal. Thickens cleans and adds articulation to the dirt. The blend and tone control offering to mix your straight tone with the compressed plus add or roll off presence makes this unit a killer. I love it. I will go more for my compressor for a boost or enhancer than anything these days. Major cool pedal. I would never have believe it would become my fav pedal.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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His Ego Compressor is your standard Dyna Comp/Ross circuit. Modified of course.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Says who? I am sure Brian would like to argue that one.
I have some of those old compressors and it has nothing in common with them. Those classic compressor pedals are what caused me not to use one for many years. Two things I hated in my chain for many years, noise gates and clampy compressors.

The Wampler is utterly transparent, quiet, simply heads above any I have ever had or used. Instead of an overt clamp and squeeze the blend allows the straight signal to mix in and the notes just sustain out very organic and natural sounding. It became my fav pedal in about a week of using it. It ranges from a clean boost, thickens and sustains the tone without really noticing it is on, that is a hall mark of an exceptional pedal.

If anyone thinks this is a Ross or an MXR they need to try it and see.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Says who? I am sure Brian would like to argue that one.
I have some of those old compressors and it has nothing in common with them. Those classic compressor pedals are what caused me not to use one for many years. Two things I hated in my chain for many years, noise gates and clampy compressors.

The Wampler is utterly transparent, quiet, simply heads above any I have ever had or used. Instead of an overt clamp and squeeze the blend allows the straight signal to mix in and the notes just sustain out very organic and natural sounding. It became my fav pedal in about a week of using it. It ranges from a clean boost, thickens and sustains the tone without really noticing it is on, that is a hall mark of an exceptional pedal.

If anyone thinks this is a Ross or an MXR they need to try it and see.
Says Brian himself!!!! I believe his exact words (or very close to this) were, "it's a standard Dyna Comp/Ross circuit with a clean blend via an inverted op-amp". Plus I had one in for repair and used a Dyna Comp schematic to go through it.
This was a little while ago and I'm not sure if he has changed the circuit since.
Not trying to put the pedal down, it's a good pedal.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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News to me. He claims all his circuits are his bench tech.
If he started with that circuit he ended up on another planet from it.

I get a little defensive of his pedals, you know how it is, everyone claims "clone" and same thing about everything. I have always found his pedals very different and refreshingly new.

I cannot tell any similarity to the two myself.
I was playing the puppy today and marveling at how transparent it is to the tone and the "sustain' aptly named instead of compression just carries the note or chord without any noticeable clamp or squeeze. Love the thing myself, wasn't sure about using a compressor again but in about a week it became my fav pedal and is usually always on. For my opinion in several decades of a million pedals the best guitar pedal compressor at $200.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just turned another player onto this pedal and he was blown away by it.
So much more than just a squeeze compression effect.
Once I studied the controls more and learned how to blend and adjust the attack man it just sounds great, so transparent sometimes I forget it is on.

This is one of few pedals among the hundreds I have had which exceeded my expectations. Some guy said Brian's Paisley OD was a TS clone, I mean really does anyone look inside the pedal these days? It's a bit like saying a Lamborghini is a Kia clone.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I mean really does anyone look inside the pedal these days?
I have to. It's my job!! I spend 8 hours a day inside pedals. I have to know what they are in there.

Anyway, bottom line is if the pedal sounds good to you, that's what's important. Doesn't matter what's in there.
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To me it does, I admire great use of tech. Look inside Brian's new SLO distortion, wow. that is something in there. I admire the ability to know how that all works and how to design it. I used to make main memory chips and DSPs in semiconductor process manufacturing but how to design circuits like that is all voodoo to me.

I do not have the Paisley OD but I have the Ecstasy (Euphoria) drive and that is no TS clone copy. Sure the basic circuit idea is all 101 from amps to pedals and sure enough perhaps 80% of all overdrives are TS modified circuits but Brian's tech always seemed a little ahead of the bus. I do not know what he does or how it manages it but his pedals are so transparent to the true tone of the guitar and seems like they morph with others really well.
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