Transparent compressors are normally a pricey commodity, but Chinese manufacturer NUX (pronounced “new x”) came out with one that should retail for somewhere around $80. It’s called Komp Core Deluxe. A 3-way mini toggle lets you even choose the compression intensity without sound coloration.
From the manufacturer’s website:
Komp Core Deluxe is a multi-function analog compressor pedal featuring a wide variety of compressor tones. 3 different clip modes and precise knobs provide a wide range of taste. Sustain, Attack and Blend knobs allow you to have a good control perspective on signal and you can give a good sustain with low noise and adjust input sensitivity precisely.
Nux Komp Core Deluxe can be as transparent or as squishy as you like.
A volume knob and a blend knob to bring in or out the original dry signal and a simple 3-way mini toggle to choose the compression intensity without sound coloration come together. More info here.
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