Quick Hit: Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Review
A compact version of a modern classic.
The newest iteration of Wampler’s flagship compressor is a mini affair with a few convenient tweaks. Under the hood, the circuit is nearly identical—with control knobs for sustain, level, and blend along with a pair of mini toggle switches for attack and tone. For me, a good compressor is an “always on” effect that helps to give my clean sound a bit more bounce and my dirty tones more sustain. I started with both toggles off (which is equal to turning the tone knob completely counterclockwise and the attack knob to 9 o’clock) with the level and sustain at noon. I tend to start the blend knob at about 9 o’ clock and slowly move it up until I begin to hear too much squish. As with the original Ego, the range and flavors of compression are all there. From Nashville-style chicken pickin’ to smooth Larry Carlton leads, the squish-to-size ratio was heavily in my favor.
I found the attack and tone controls to be slightly lacking. But it was a very small price to pay for the added convenience and simplicity of the truncated size. Although parallel compression isn’t exactly a new concept, the blend knob was absolutely the MVP. It allowed me to not let the sheer physics of compression take over my sound and attack. At this point, I can’t imagine playing a compressor without a blend knob. With its plethora of tone-shaping options and ability to squeeze onto nearly any board, the new Mini Ego is a welcome evolution.
Test gear: Fender Stratocaster, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Chasing Vintage Guitars Challenger, Bogner Goldfinger 54 Phi
Classic compressed tones. Wonderfully compact size. Great blend knob.
Attack and tone controls could be more dramatic.
Wampler Mini Ego Compressor
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