The team's opinion: The Canadian brand Empress is renowned for its quality effects pedals. The Empress compressor is one of the best compressors on the market. Its many settings bring it closer to a studio compressor and will open up many possibilities. From the most subtle compression, ideal for bringing out the harmonics, to the very marked modern compression. Something quite rare for a compressor in pedal format, it is possible to manage the compression ratio! This may seem innocuous, but will bring a very appreciable subtlety, especially with simple microphones. Adjusted sparingly, the Empress Compressor can stay on constantly on your pedalboard. An excellent reference, reserved for the most picky guitarists!
His strength ? Normalize the output level in an impressive way. This phenomenon is particularly audible on vintage single microphones. The height of the studs being “random”, it can be difficult to use them with auto-wahs. With this compressor it's ancient history! Your modulation effects will be enhanced. This pedal is in very good condition and will satisfy the demanding guitarist in you.
The Empress compressor is a much more complete alternative to the Malekko Omnicron Compressor. Find our effects pedal tests on our channel Youtube.