wampler ego compressor review

Wampler Ego Compressor review

The Ego Compressor is an OTA (Operational Tran conductance Amplifier) compression pedal. For new users the biggest question should be what is the function of the Wampler Ego Compressor?  The compressor helps to bring quitter and louder parts to a balanced playing level so as to achieve the best sound ever which ordinally compressors are unable to bring out.

The  compression is particularly well suited to different types of  guitars, The Wampler Ego Compressor goes beyond  2-knob control’s by having  additional knobs for blending and  having the right tone, initially the Ego compressors had their output and input jacks on their sides but Wampler has moved them on the top side of it, as they continue improving their product with new non-mini  pedals, hence enabling it to operate exceptionally  well in a variety of guitars even the ones that have pedal boards  that are tightly-wired together. The pedal is made of high grade film caps plus there is the NEC JAPAN EA2-5SNJ which adds up to its high quality components.

This Wampler Ego Compressor has top mounted jacks which ensures that the pedals are tightly packed to the board, it’s power consumption is 14mA through a 9v power jack. It also has a  9v-18v DC power supply which can be  bought separately. It’s film capacitors and resistors are of superior quality plus the five built-in  controls  which include the blend control that enables you to get sustain. Another feature is the tone control which adds high frequencies for good quality sound. Other controls are volume and attack all tailored to enable for  easier use of your instrument .

Functions of the different controls on the panel include;

Blend controls

Blend control has an effect on the total volume of the system and is capable of moving the signal from full to zero, It can be used as a mixer knob. This ultimately produces a cleaner signal, balancing between the counter-clockwise and the anti-clockwise to get an authentic sound. It is usually suggested that one should blend fully clockwise then Sustain at 1-2 o’clock and attack at 2 o’clock for a perfect authentic sound and tone from your guitar.

Sustain controls

The sustain controls works in different ways, one on its setting one can raise it which will automatically allow your notes to go on for a long time. The only problem with this is that it will raise the noise level, Hence one should know how to balance it to ensure the noise levels are bearable.

Tone controls

The other control knob is the tone control, it works by raising it clockwise to add that extra clarity to the sound and not anti-clockwise as this won’t have an impact on the signal.

Attack controls

The Attack controls works gradually by changing the settings on either a slower attack or with a quick attack all depending on what you want with your sound. The slower attack has less noticeable effect on your notes while the quick attack a pop-in effect.

Volume controls

The volume control allows one to adjusts the output  of the pedal to your desired levels for maximum sound output.

Bypass Switch

The bypass switch helps to bypass the signal when it’s off.

 

The pedal measures 63.5mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm without including the height of the knobs and switches in the compressor.

The pedal beats all other pedals by delivering high quality sound. With the Ego compressor you will get the best ever tone clarity without losing the signal which can’t compare to the sound you would get from cracked tube amplifier. The pedals comes in two versions  analogue and digital to cater for their customers various needs beats all other pedals by delivering high quality sounds

One big challenge faced while using OTA compressors is the problem of maintaining a good signal integrity between your guitar and the amp but Wampler’s Ego compressor has been able to overcome this by use of high quality film capacitors and resistors hence ensuring brilliance in the sound produced by your guitar.

Conclusion

The Wampler Ego Compressor has been designed in a way that there is a balance in the sound effect. The tone and blend controls are a perfect match towards achieving this, This is a dream come true many people. The best thing about the compressor is that it is able to work very well with any amp. it can also  work very well with acoustic guitar plus it can be used with a microkorg. The only down side is that it does not come with a power supply but it has a power supply jack which is located at its back.

 

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