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Barber Electronics Tone Press:
Bringing together the very best of classic guitar compression and time-honored recording techniques, the Barber Tone Press is a revolutionary performance compression pedal that has no rival.
In research and development, Barber studied the problems associated with classic guitar compressors and their recent clones and found that, while the clone-makers build pedals with improved components (cleaner switching, in particular) and matched transistors, a few of the major drawbacks of those “vintage” designs still exist. The most glaring drawback of popular classic compressors is that they reverse the guitar’s phase and cause a “pop” (squashed attack anyone?) at the beginning of every note. Although we now see some compression units that have “attack controls,” they leave a bit to be desired as they require seemingly endless trial and error tweaking – and no solution.
Barber's solution? Parallel compression, a Barber innovation that blows away having to deal with attack, ratio, and release knobs of other so-called "studio compressors." Barber developed a one-of-a-kind and quite proprietary continuous “blend control” circuit and combined it with a discrete “Class A” FET mixer circuit to allow you to continuously blend the natural signal of your carefully selected guitar with a “phase-corrected” classic compression circuit. The result? What guitar players have always wanted - unaltered attack and supernatural sustain and resonance, no studio engineering degree required.
- Precision components: Panasonic capacitors and metal film resistors for low noise.
- True bypass switching with LED indicator: This is achieved by using an extremely high grade switch, in addendum Solid 20 gauge copper hookup wire is used between the jacks and switching to create the most transparent bypass yet.
- Full size pots: for durability and for easy serviceability if needed.
- Cast aluminum enclosure: Barber's incredibly durable enclosure will last decades if not centuries!
- Double sided pc board with plate through holes: This is the way the military does it when they want electronics to work FOREVER! All pedals should be made this way , few are... once again Barber Electronics draws the line in the sand!
REVIEWS & USER COMMENTS:
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 11/12/2007:
"I can only confirm what was written 52 times before me. It's superb."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 3/12/2007:
"WOW! It does everything you would expect from a good vintage-style compressor, plus a few other things. Basically, I use the Tone Press as a clean boost and sound enhancer rather than a comp effect. The blend feature allows you to mix the dry signal with the processed signal, thus reaction to your picking attack remains unchanged while sustain and upper harmonics are increased. It makes the instrument simply sound bettter and I leave it on most of the time... I used to hate compressors until I tried the Tone Press. If it were lost or stolen, I'd order another one immediately."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 11/7/2006:
"This is the only compressor I'd use. It sweetens up the tone and makes it more musical. True bypass too. After you play with this, you will take your boss etc and put it in an industrial shredder."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 7/21/2006:
"The Barber Tone Press does exactly this: it enhances your tone. It raises the bass projection but makes sure it never becomes muddy, it adds sparkle to your high end, and it increases to sustain, especially when played clean. This is the kind of pedal you rather keep running the entire gig than using it for specific parts. It makes your guitar just sound much more musical, and it does make YOU sound like a better player (especially when finger picking clean, or playing Curtis Mayfield style licks)... The price is excellent. I hate it how some manufacturers charge hundreds of dollars for a Ross clone, which basically is 5 dollars worth of '60's electronics and half an hour with a soldering iron. The Tone Press is, for a compressor, quite affordable."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 7/16/2005:
"This is THE best stompbox compresser ever. Yes, really."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 11/17/2004:
"Barber, you've done it again. Another perfect pedal."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 7/16/2003:
"First of all, this is just an evolutionary step beyond typical compressor pedals. Very quiet, very clean. None of the thud, splattering or grunge like many of the other units... awesome...everything from Brent Mason to SRV to EJ to Robben to Carlos... literally amazing sustain."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 7/12/2003:
"I play just about everything music wise, and the TP can do it all. I would happily shell out more $$$$ for another if stolen. The blend feature is what should have been done to a compressor a long time ago, to be able to dial in the attack you need plus add more harmonics is just a Godsend! I cant stress enough on how quiet this pedal is. It really should be put in a class of its own, it blows away the traditonal compressor thing. We need a new classification for this pedal Its the first ground breaking pedal in years, Very Cool!"
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