52 pedals, week 40—McCaffrey Audio Reactor Boost Compressor

I’ve decided to stick with my recent theme of pedals that do one thing—improve tone. What’s the point of building a perfect overdriven sound—which is my goal—if that sound isn’t tonally perfect. For the uninitiated, not all distorted tones are equal.

So if a boost compressor like the McCaffrey Audio Reactor Boost Compressor can help improve my amplifier’s overdriven or distorted tones, then I’m all for it.

The pedal itself is relatively simple in design. There are two main control knobs—Level and Fusion. Level increases or decreases the output volume of the pedal. That makes sense. The Fusion control increases or decreases the amount of boost you’re applying to your rig’s sound.

There’s also a three-way switch that affects the pedal’s approach to bass delivery. The middle position is almost the standard tone setting in regards to bass. Switched all the way to the left provides you with increased bass. Switched all the way to the right adds as much bass as you’re likely to need. That’s where I’d have it set if I owned this pedal.

As the pedal is impressive in its boost and tonal qualities, there are two videos I’d like to share that highlight the pedal’s effectiveness. First, the ever-talented Brett Kingman runs through the pedal. Secondly, Jack Fossett does the same. Both videos really provide great working examples of the ways this pedal can be an asset to your pedalboard. Check these and see for yourself.

Cool right? If I had this pedal, I’d have improved tone. I can feel these kinds of things. Improved tone is good. Not having it is bad. I feel I need to explain this to my wife. She’d understand.


Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

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