Best Clean Compressor with Smooth Sustain : Pigtronix Philosopher Tone
Don't be fooled by its (9.53 x 3.81 x 4.45)cm mini size, the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone packs a punch loud and clean enough to knock off whatever compressor is currently on your electric guitar pedal board.
- VOLUME: Compensates for any volume loss. Moderate gain.
- SUSTAIN: Controls the amount of compression and sustain. Broad range.
- TREBLE: Neutral at 12 o'clock. Up to 6db cut/boost at 2kHz. For fine-tuning of the high ends.
BLEND: Controls the mix of original and compressed tone. Unique parameter.
- 18V headroom. Louder, bigger sweep of Volume knob and compression/sustain. Little to no noise
- True Bypass
- Pocket-size; Fits any pedalboard
Who is it good for
The Philosopher's Tone Micro is best if you
- shred in solos a lot (Boost and compression in 1 pedal)
- play rhythm a lot (Noiseless compression for steady volume)
- shoegaze or ambience or church music (The sustain plays nicely with wet reverb!)
- Hold chords and want sustain
- is looking for noise free compressor!
- own a mini pedalboard
Who is it bad for
You probably wouldn't want to use it for Jazz and Blues. Echoinox Artist Daniel Purnomo (@livemusicsingapore) tested the pedal with his jazz licks and fingerstyle and it triggered me so bad. The compression and sustain took away all of his grooves along with the dynamics intended for specific notes, a technique especially common in blues.
But then again to be fair, all compressors will probably clip your grooves. It is also why jazz and blues fingerstyle guitarists don't use compressors
5 minutes with this stompbox and you'll immediately understand why its predecessor, the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone, won awards. This micro version packs all of that good stuffs into the size of your palm.
This pedal defines what noiseless compression and sustain is. The way a compressor is meant to work makes noise almost inevitable, but David Koltai apparently found his way around it. The 18V headroom stretches the 4 parameters wide enough for virtually any tone you can visualize. I personally love it as a boost to cut through the mix, or for steady rhythm volume and also ambient sustains. Musical compressors like these are hard to come by.