A compression pedal might not be as flashy or as exciting as an overdrive or a good wah-wah, but they can be just as vital to getting the right sound nonetheless. By giving the guitarist real control over their signal, compression pedals are a quick and handy way to adjust the overall tone and shape the sound to fit the song. The Diamond CPR1 Compressor sets out to do this in one small, easy to use, yellow box.
Diamond’s pedal offers guitarists an incredible amount of control over their signal through just three, simple knobs. In this regard, they’ve taken a queue from vocal compression, by putting the preamp, compressor, and EQ in one unit. The result is that despite its deceptively simple design, Diamond have built a pedal with incredible tone-shaping capabilities.
The EQ control shapes the overall frequency balance magnificently, the post signal is smooth, and the ground noise is virtually undetectable. Furthermore, if you’re using it with a gain pedal and experience problems with white noise, you can open the Diamond CPR1 Compressor’s casing and switch on the high cut filter.
At the end of the day, no compression pedal is going to be as glamourous as some of the other pedals on your board. That being said, it doesn’t need to be. The job of a compression pedal isn’t to take the limelight but to play a vital supporting role. When utilized correctly, not only can it help to adjust your signal, but it can also bring a whole new dimension to your sound. If you’re looking for a pedal that will give nuanced control over your guitar’s output with a minimum of hassle, then the CPR1 is the pedal for you.
|Jacks mounted on||Sides|
|Weight (in kg)||0.40|
|Special Features||EQ control for overall frequency balance shifting|
|Width (in cm)||9.8|
|Height (in cm)||5.4|
|Depth (in cm)||11.9|