Featuring Output and Sensitivity controls, the
Red Box ($170 retail/$130 street) is a not-sosubtle
tip o’ the hat to the classic MXR Dyna
Comp. Quiet as hell and insanely natural sounding,
even in highly squashed settings, the Red
Box may just make you think about adding
stompbox compression to your bag of tricks.
With both controls halfway up, clean tones rang
out long and clear without any super-effected
squashing or pumping. In fact, without an LED,
in a live situation you may not be able to tell if the
Red Box is on, depending on how subtle it’s set.
More drastic settings yielded some sweet
snap for stabbing funk chords or popping
chicken-pickin’ parts. Amazingly, with everything
dimed, the Red Box squeezed the life out
of a decaying chord, sustaining it for days without
the noise floor creeping up as the notes faded.
Very impressive, and a reminder as to why some
gear comes and goes while some pedals stand
the test of time.
KUDOS Smooth, sweet, and quiet compression.
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