The Orange Kongpressor Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal was borne from Orange's Technical Director, Ade Emsley's desire to create a compressor that characterised the smooth "bloom" that he sought, but found was lacking in other FET and opto compressors. He designed a unique floating sidechain design - taking inspiration from the famous vactrol VTL5C3 optocoupler (as heard on countless hit records) - that was two years in the making, and thus the outstanding Kongpressor came to be.
The immaculate pedal is an analogue Class A compression pedal, which infuses an organic three-dimensional quality to any pedalboard setup or live rig. It is quite capable of taking in massive signals elegantly, and relishes the challenge, yet even at lower compression levels it excels to result in a transparent yet thick output. Sometimes the inherent WOW factor of your instrument can be lost in the mix for several reasons, and that is where the Kongpressor is there to inject some vigour back into your tone. No matter how hard you push this little beauty, the subtle nuances of your playing style are translated beautifully, faithfully upholding musicality above all else.
Whether you're a battle-hardened pro, or are completely new to the world of compression, Orange has done what they do best, sorting out all the complicated stuff whilst leaving a nice and simple to use control interface to get the exact tone you desire. Across the front, you'll find controls for attack and release time, which allows the Kongpressor to be tweaked to attenuate the transients and the bloom. Increased attack times will ensure that notes are reacted to quicker, whilst slower attack times adds a deft blow as the compression reacts slower on the transient. Increased release times results in a greater perceived clean volume as well as a more transparent compression, whilst slower release times delivers greater compression, and a softer, mellower bloom. No matter how fast or slow you set it, the Kongpressor will retain a flexible, dynamic response to your playing style.
As with all Orange pedal’s, there is an internal charge pump, which effectively doubles the operating voltage of the pedal to 18V. Therefore, the headroom for the pedal is increased significantly to ensure flawless compression. The Kongpressor can be powered by 9V battery or standard DC adapter, or for even more output can also run on 12V DC. With an internal 12dB of clean gain on offer via the Volume control, you are afforded everything you need to really crank up your lead lines without the unwanted introduction of noise. For those with length pedalboards and cable runs, the transparent buffered bypass retains your guitar's upper harmonic character when the Kongpressor is not in use.
Whether you're a jazz purist, country pickin' superstar, hard rock hero, or the next metal messiah, the Orange Kongpressor Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal is perfect in any live or studio rig, and plays very well with others (i.e. overdrive pedals or your amp's lead channel) for increasing fullness and sustain. You're pretty much going to wonder how you got by without it.
Manufacturer Orange Model Kongpressor Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 65 x 95 x 130 mm Weight 0.5Kg Controls VOLUME (OUTPUT LEVEL) | SQUASH (COMPRESSION LEVEL) | RELEASE | ATTACK | CHIME (HIGH-END) Power 9V BATTERY OPERATION OR 9V-12V DC ADAPTER. MAX CURRENT DRAWN 35MA.
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