|Frequency Response (-3dB)||40Hz - 35kHz|
|Distortion||less than 0.1%|
|Power Input Voltage||9 - 18 V DC (Negative tip)|
|Power Input Connector||2.1mm barrel connector (Negative tip)|
|Power Consumption||~ 100mA|
|Enclosure Material||Die Cast Aluminum|
|Input connector||1/4" Jack|
|Output connector||1/4" Jack|
|Height (Enclosure only)||1.5"|
|Height (including controls)||2"|
Problem: I'm not getting any sounds out of this thing!
Solution: Make sure you're not plugged into the compressor side-chain instead of the output.
Question: What kind of bypassing does the Compressor have?
Answer: The Compressor has true bypass switching. Older Compressors use the blue bypass switch. Newer Compressors use a relay to switch.
Question: I'm new to compressors, can you help me out?
Answer: (from Jay, the designer of the Empress compressor) The best way to learn is to keep experimenting. The empress compressor can be pretty transparent at modest settings so sometimes it's hard to hear it working. I've used compressors for a long time, and it really takes a while to get used to them.
Some things to note:
1. When you set the attack really fast it can make the sound less open, because it lowers and affects the transient.
2. With regards to the release; faster is better until it sounds bad. You'll notice if you set the release to the fastest and are doing a lot of compression at high ratio as you let chords ring out it sounds really un-natural. Also, you'll notice with some strumming patterns it can get a bit distorted almost with too fast of release. So, with the release, start it at its fastest, and then slow it down until your sustains sound natural.
3. A great way to get a feel for compressors is at extreme settings. When you're experimenting with the attack and release and ratio, don't be afraid to set the input so you get 15-20dB of gain reduction. It'll make it easier for you to hear things.
Question: Any suggestions for using the compressor with bass?
Answer: As a starter setting for bass, if you want transparent control, I'd try: 4:1, attack at 10oclock, release at 2oclock, full wet mix and adjust the input and output so you're doing 8-12dB of reduction in loud parts. It should give you good clean control with a nice attack if you're playing with fingers, if you're playing with a pick change the attack a bit.
For a grittier dirtier setting, try 10:1, release at 10oclock, and doing 15-20dB of compression, then maybe use the blend to mix to taste. You'll introduce some harmonics with this setting that will thicken things up a bit. It should be great for sustain too.
Question: The red LEDs aren't working. What's up?
Answer: If you have a cable plugged into the sidechain, it has to make a complete circuit. Try unplugging the cable. If that works, then something in your sidechain isn't stopping the signal.
Question: When I hit the bypass switch, it makes a really distorted sound, or a really huge click. What's wrong?
If you have a blue (or greenish) bypass switch, the problem is probably that it has broke. We can replace it for you, please email us at email@example.com.
Question: Even when I'm bypassing the pedal, it seems like there's a volume drop and/or tone loss. What's going on?
Answer: See the above answer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you out!
Question: I play bass! Can I rock out through this pedal?
Answer: Yes! All of our pedals play nicely with bass. Check out the "Features & Specs" section for information on the frequency response of our pedals. We have lots of customers who play bass through our pedals!
Question: Can you mod my pedal so that an expression pedal jack controls one of the knobs?
Answer: No, sorry. But it's not a hard mod to do. Here's a good resource on how to do it: Add an Expression Pedal to Any Effect. If you don't want to do it, you the fine folks at Nice Rack Canada do. Send them an email at email@example.com.
Question: The pots turn easily, so they move when I accidently hit them during a show. What can I do?
Answer: One of our customers has a great solution to this problem. If you wrap rubber bands at the base of the pot it makes it harder to turn.