The Ego Compressor mini has the same circuit as it's big brother. So you can get the exact same compression tones but save loads of space on your pedalboard. The Ego Comp
Instead of having an attack knob, Wampler have made it very easy to find a useable compression threshold by simply having a slow or fast attack. A fast attack is what you would use for a spanky country tone or any fast riffing. The slow compression will provide a more natural feel, and by combining the slow attack with the blend knob you can really retain the dynamics of your playing and use the Ego to enhance that. The blend knob dials in compression on to your dry signal.
The other toggle is a tone control which will either be bright or dark and you can use that to match your guitars pickups. SO if you have bright singlecoils and want to tame those a bit, then the dark switch would be used. If you have dark humbuckers that need to be brightened, then you'd use the bright switch.
Here's what Wampler say
Now widely regarded as the industry standard in guitar pedal compression, the Mini Ego Compressor brings a new level of of control to what is expected and needed by today's guitar players, in a mini Format.
What does a compressor do? A compressor adds an element of control to your playing level – it will bring the quieter parts up and the louder parts down. While an ordinary compressor pedal can give you an element of control, a great compressor will give you the “feel” that other average compressors lack. If you’ve played a great tube amp when it’s being pushed hard, you’ll know what a great natural compressor feels like.
Based on the incredible success of the original Ego but featuring switches for tone (dark and bright) and attack (slow and fast) you can tweak your tone to a standard of a pedal twice its size. By keeping the clean blend of the original, your original signal to be blended in so you can get all the benefits of a great compressor (picking up the notes that aren’t as strong and increasing sustain) but you have the option to remove the squash at the front by bringing the bypassed signal in. With this control, you can have full country squash or open studio level parallel compression. Basically, the Mini Ego gives you complete control of every aspect of your compression.
So, with a comprehensive array of controls and a core tone that is pure, you won’t find a compressor that works perfectly as an “always on” or as “an effect” that is more highly regarded than the Mini Ego from Wampler Pedals.
- Built in the U.S.A
- High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
- True bypass
- 9v power jack
- Top mounted input and output jack
- Power draw: between 14mA (9v) and 22mA (18v)
- Five controls – volume, sustain, blend, tone and attack
- 1.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 (38.1mm x 88.9mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches