The Barber Tone Press

Parallel Compression

The Barber Tone Press: Tone and Sustain with “Plug and Play” Performance.

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...

A remarkable Tonal Breakthrough: How We Did It

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” that squashes the attack 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 still no true solution to gracefully removing the pop.

Parallel compression is the solution. 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 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 supply capacitors and metal film resistors for low noise.
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•True bypass switching with led indicator- this is achieved by using an high grade switch, in addendum Solid 20 gauge copper hookup wire is used between the jacks and switching to create a transparent bypass.
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• Full size pots- for durability and for easy serviceability if needed.
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• Cast aluminum enclosure-our incredibly durable enclosure will last a lifetime!
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• 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.

NEW FEATURES! Elna silk particulate audio caps, Panasonic and Wima film caps. Enhanced circuit with 2-3db increased available output to help match higher output pickups.

Barber is the pioneer of compression pedals with adjustable blend, the first ever to market a "parallel compressor".

 

Tone Press only $159.95, current lead-time 4 months.

DC jack included (ac power adaptor not included)

current draw 10ma

4.7"x3.7"x1.1"

This unit was recently updated and there are no plans to discontinue or update further.

 

Tone Press manual