The Pigtronix PXPBC Philosopher Bass Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal is an all-analogue, optical compressor that gives your tone incredible levels of sustain without adding unwanted gain to your signal. All you get is saturated analogue beauty added to your already sweet bass tone without the noise - a thankless task but a vital element in any discerning bassists tonal arsenal. However, it does have an added dimension up its sleeve, the GRIT switch will add some rich overdrive when you want to it. Perfection!
The Philosopher Bass Compressor is much like its siblings in the Pigtronix stable, with a very simplistic control interface that produces powerful results. At your disposal are three control pots: Volume, Compression (Blend) and Sustain, as well as a Grit switch.
The Volume control allows you to set your desired overall output level, giving you the choice of introducing a modest level of compression, or enabling it to make a huge impact on your signal. The Compression (Blend) knob allows you to control the level of mix between the compression effect and your guitar's original (dry) signal, which allows you to control the natural note attack of your playing style alongside the awesome effect delivered by the pedal. Keep it low to preserve original flavour, or throw it up to 100% to create a saturated compressed tone. The Sustain control determines the threshold where the compressor kicks in to work its magic. The lower the Sustain, the more 'studio-like' the compression. Alternatively, the higher the sustain, the more 'squashed' your tone becomes, which can be used in itself to add a lush, layered effect to your tone.
The Grit switch allows you to inject a warm overdrive into your tone alongside the compression effect, delivering a smooth vintage compressed overdriven feel. For those who are inspired by bassists like Jack Bruce (Cream), you are going to be giving the keys to tonal heaven.
Each pedal is supplied with an 18VDC power supply to ensure maximum power and headroom, enabling you to squeeze the most richness and texture from the effect, but the pedal can be powered using a 9V power supply - just remember that your headroom will be reduced.
As with all their pedals, the Pigtronix PXPBC Philosopher Bass Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal is a mighty little compact that is built like a tank and ready for anything you can throw at it, so give it some!
Manufacturer Pigtronix Model PXPBC Philosopher Bass Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 25 x 61 x 112 Controls Volume
Included Accessories 18VDC 300mA power supply
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