The Aphex Punch Factory Optical Compressor has complex attack and release characteristics that enhance your sound without changing your tone. And it won't break up, even with gain reduction of 20dB or... Read More
The Aphex Punch Factory Optical Compressor has complex attack and release characteristics that enhance your sound without changing your tone. And it won't break up, even with gain reduction of 20dB or more. Guitarists love the sustain that goes on forever, the transparent compression, plus the clean boost. Controls include drive and volume knobs plus an Active/Passive switch for hot pickups. Low Z output easily drives long cords. Other Punch Factory features include true bypass, a LED bar graph showing gain reduction in dBs, and long battery life.
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Love the sound! Of 3 compressor pedals I've used this is the easiest to set and forget. I just leave it on all the time, natural clean sound. I like the LED which makes it a cinch to set compression level. XLR out. Runs off Phantom power, 9v battery or ANY AC ADAPTER that fits the jack! Great features and specs. HOWEVER, this and sister pedal the Aphex Bass Xciter both use those junky plastic jacks that are soldered directly to the circuit board. These jacks will eventually cause problems and after 4 years I'm beginning to suspect my jacks are not 100%. Additionally the switch isn't the best quality and can get noisy too. This pedal sounds PERFECT when it works. Pity that such great technology is compromised by shoddy components. All they have to do is add REAL jacks a quality switch and this would be a five star pedal.
Purchased this pedal almost 5 years ago now and it was recommended to me in place of the Boss CS-3. I had been looking into a compressor for a while and wanted something that would even out my soft & hard dynamics without completely squashing the sound or tone. I cannot say enough good things about this pedal. It's easy to use, essentially two control knobs for volume & drive (amount of compression) and it sounds good in practically every setting. The DB level meter is extremely useful, as well as the active/passive button on the backside for particularly hot sounding guitars. I've never tried the D.I. output, but I would imagine it would come in handy for bass & key rigs. I've tried this with many guitars and many amps and the sound always impresses me. A lot of my colleagues have fallen in love with it too. This pedal is a must have for my setup, couldn't do without it. In the 5 years I've owned it I haven't had a single issue with it, and I've brought this on many tours, and knocked it around quite a bit. If you want that brickwall, squashing sound that compressors are notorious for (especially in the studio), then go for the Boss CS-3, but if you're looking to subtly even out the sound and smooth your dynamics, then this is your pedal. It has yet to disappoint.
I've been using the Punch Factory in my bass rig for several years now, and I can't recommend it enough. It's a great transparent compressor, which is a good thing. A lot of other compressors squash tone and kill all dynamics. Not so with the Punch Factory. Once you get it dialed in (a fairly simple process) it helps clean up any variance in your attack, without being too obvious. It's a very handy tool for thumb work, making your slap and pop attacks mesh better without sacrificing tone and dynamics. Also helps bring bass out in a live mix setting by giving it a little extra "oomph". It's a sturdy unit, the only gripe I would have is that the entire bottom of the unit must be removed to switch out 9 volts, and i've stripped a couple of screws in the two years that i've had mine. However, since it's an Aphex product, it can take pretty much any AC adapter, so it's not really an issue. I recommend it!
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