The War­den £205

Sig­nal en­hance­ment is strong on the agenda here with multi-knob con­trol for a nat­u­ral, nu­anced sound

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ORI­GIN: USA TYPE: Com­pres­sor pedal FEA­TURES: True by­pass CON­TROLS: Tone, At­tack, Re­lease, Level, Sus­tain, Ra­tio, by­pass footswitch CON­NEC­TIONS: Stan­dard in­put, stan­dard out­put POWER: 9V DC adap­tor (not sup­plied) DI­MEN­SIONS: 66 (w) x 120 (d) x 59mm (h)

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An­other op­ti­cal com­pres­sor, The War­den of­fers a full com­ple­ment of com­pres­sor con­trols to shape your sound. Bal­anc­ing Sus­tain (in­put sig­nal fed to com­pres­sor) and Ra­tio (strength of com­pres­sion) knobs de­ter­mines how much com­pres­sion you’re go­ing to get, and it’s very nat­u­ral sound­ing. The pedal doesn’t of­fer any ob­vi­ous squashi­ness even with Sus­tain and Ra­tio maxed, but it does keep things solid and con­sis­tent, and there’s also plenty of head­room, so you can set the Level to drive your amp’s front-end.

Ton­ally, there’s a nice open sound with no ob­vi­ous ad­di­tion or sub­trac­tion of fre­quen­cies, but you do get a Tone knob to sub­due top-end or – more likely – give it a boost to make up for losses due to com­pres­sion. You could al­ways just use that ex­tra top-end to en­hance your sig­nal, mak­ing this a good choice for an al­ways-on tonal com­po­nent. [TC]

VER­DICT Ex­pen­sive, but those six knobs will de­liver nu­anced com­pres­sion for a range of tasks 8

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