HomeBrew Electronics Compressor Retro
HomeBrew Electronics Compressor Retro

Compressor Retro, Compressor/Sustainer for Guitar from HomeBrew Electronics.

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moosers 01/18/2010

HomeBrew Electronics Compressor Retro : moosers's user review


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The Homebrew Electronics Compressor Retro is a simple compressor pedal suitable with any electronic instrument, although I've only used the pedal with electric guitar.  The pedal is powered by a standard nine volt power supply and also has standard 1/4" connections for input and output, just like most pedals will.  This is an analog pedal that isn't rackable in any way.


Even if you don't have much experience with compressors, the Homebrew Electronics Compressor Retro is extremely easy to follow.  If you've got the basic concept down of what a compressor is and does, you'll be able to catch on quickly.  You've simple got parameters for sustain and level, and that's all that there is to it.  Having the sustain parameter is a huge plus as I find it hard to get the sustain I'm looking for sometimes with more standard compression parameters.  A manual certainly is not needed to operate the Compressor Retro pedal.


I've used all sorts of different compressors, both in the form of outboard gear and pedals, and have to say that the Homebrew Electronics Compressor Retro is one of my favorite compression pedals out there in terms of sound quality.  It not only has a great overall compression sound, but the sustain lasts for days and I don't find that I get the same level of noise that I get with other compression pedals.  I've used the pedal with a Fender Jazzmaster and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb, and within the configuration I'm able to get an overall awesome tone and is perfect for helping me beef up my lead tones or for getting that tight sounding rhythm sound.    


While the Homebrew Electronics Compressor Retro isn't the most available pedal out there, you can definitely find them at a number of online retailers.  I haven't seen this in any stores, which is the only downfall as you can't really try it out without getting one.  However, if you're in the market for one of these, read up on this pedal and I think you'll find a pretty unanimous decision on it.  I was lucky enough to have a friend who had one of these that I got to try out before hand, and I feel in love instantly.  This is definitely one of the best compression pedals on the market and is also one of the best kept secrets.