Compressor pedal yea or nay Barber Tone Press

powerwagonjohn

Electromatic
Nov 12, 2015
48
I have been wanting to try a compressor pedal for a few years now. There is a barber Tone Press on my local C/L and I reached out to the guy to set up a time. Anyone have any experience with the Barber Tone Press?
Thanks John
 

Randy99CL

Country Gent
Feb 17, 2020
2,192
Albuquerque
Haven't used that one but I'm trying to learn more about compression so googled it. The Tone Press got really good reviews and might be a little easier to use than others.
The latest model is only $170 from their website.
 

GlenP

Country Gent
Jul 23, 2019
2,465
WA
The Barber compressor is a parallel compressor, similar to the well rated Keeley, where you can blend the original signal with the compressed signal. That allows you to dial in your preference of the blend of the initial uncompressed attack combined with the sustained signal of the compressor.
 
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Bertotti

Friend of Fred
Jul 20, 2017
9,799
South Dakota
Barber has quality pedals. I had an LTD SR I sold here because it became redundant. Not because it was bad, it wasn’t and I sometimes miss it. I didn’t use it the way I played anymore. I used it to set my clean channel right at the clean side of edge of break up then dig in for a bit of growl and engage it to be a bit further into the grind. I bought a Mystery Brain and it just worked better in my style. So don’t shy away from Barber they are quality pedals.
 

Shadowy_Man

Synchromatic
May 18, 2020
606
Chicago
Barber Tone Press gets rave reviews. I haven't tried one, but IMO having that blend knob is such a useful thing for a compressor pedal.
 

NJDevil

Country Gent
Jul 9, 2014
1,528
Commack, NY
Barber Tone Press gets rave reviews. I haven't tried one, but IMO having that blend knob is such a useful thing for a compressor pedal.
I agree but caught "flack" for saying that to a friend of mine whose take is "you shouldn't need a blend knob man....you either use compression or not."

OK, my response was that the option of variation lends to more control. I then followed up with "we shouldn't need a volume knob. You either want to hear the music or not." :p

I have the Keeley Compressor Plus as one side of the of their Aria pedal and like it.

This one has me intrigued: https://www.thatguitarlover.com/blog/mxr-m76-studio-compressor

Another that intrigues me.....https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Kongpressor--orange-kongpressor-optical-class-a-compressor-pedal

I'm not familiar with Barber Tone Press but will definitely check it out.

There is so much different "flavor" per each compressor pedal that it is now a must have for a certain type of material. I am currently working on.

This one also and its big brother: https://reverb.com/item/12234704-becos-compiq-mini-pro-compressor-pedal-for-guitar-bass ---- The rather costly big brother: https://delicious-audio.com/becos-ciq-5-compiq-pro-stella-compressor/
 

Bertotti

Friend of Fred
Jul 20, 2017
9,799
South Dakota
Someone once suggested a diamond compressor to me, someone here. I have never seen one. But sometimes think another flavor other than my jangle box would be nice.
 

Shadowy_Man

Synchromatic
May 18, 2020
606
Chicago
I agree but caught "flack" for saying that to a friend of mine whose take is "you shouldn't need a blend knob man....you either use compression or not."

OK, my response was that the option of variation lends to more control. I then followed up with "we shouldn't need a volume knob. You either want to hear the music or not." :p

I have the Keeley Compressor Plus as one side of the of their Aria pedal and like it.

This one has me intrigued: https://www.thatguitarlover.com/blog/mxr-m76-studio-compressor

Another that intrigues me.....https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Kongpressor--orange-kongpressor-optical-class-a-compressor-pedal

I'm not familiar with Barber Tone Press but will definitely check it out.

There is so much different "flavor" per each compressor pedal that it is now a must have for a certain type of material. I am currently working on.

This one also and its big brother: https://reverb.com/item/12234704-becos-compiq-mini-pro-compressor-pedal-for-guitar-bass ---- The rather costly big brother: https://delicious-audio.com/becos-ciq-5-compiq-pro-stella-compressor/

I was a little skeptical about the idea at first too - but then I got a JHS Pulp N Peel and I really like that I can get compression AND a pretty natural attack at the same time.
 

NJDevil

Country Gent
Jul 9, 2014
1,528
Commack, NY
I was a little skeptical about the idea at first too - but then I got a JHS Pulp N Peel and I really like that I can get compression AND a pretty natural attack at the same time.
I swear if at the time there had not been such a good deal on the Aria, which already is a great 2 pedals in one, I was set on either the Pulp N Peel or the Wampler Ego. I have since discovered though that just because I have the Keeley Compressor on the right side of the Aria, doesn't mean that getting a compressor is a "one and done deal".

They definitely bring a certain magic, especially for a lot of solo work. That JHS PnP is a great pedal..
 


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