Becos CIQ5 CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor review

With a comprehensive set of controls over your dynamics, Stella is a pro-quality tone-sweetener that offers studio-quality compression for your pedalboard

Becos CIQ5 CompIQ Pro Stella Compressor
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Guitar World Verdict

The answer to the prayers of any bassist wanting studio-quality control on stage.


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    An incredible amount of high-quality dynamic control.


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    The switches are a little fiddly.

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Compressor pedals for bass guitar tend to fall between two camps: the basic type that squashes your sound in a really obvious way and is way more of an ‘effect’ than a tool, and the more fully-featured tone-shaping variety that acknowledges the variance in compression need between fingerstyle, pick, slap and overdriven bass sounds. 

The fact that so many of us are now using plugins at home that emulate the great studio compressors of the past has put pressure on compressor builders to up their game – and even at first glance, it’s obvious that Becos have taken the challenge head on with their new Stella pedal.

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