A powerful stomp box that combines Keeley's famous compression with their classic Red Dirt Overdrive.

Edmond, OK​ (June 19, 2018) -- Keeley Electronics is proud to announce the Aria Compressor & Overdrive​, a powerful stomp box that combines modern Keeley Compression with our classic Red Dirt Overdrive!

Compression and Overdrive are a fundamental part of the guitar recording process as well as essentials for professional guitar performance. As such, most people run compression before overdrive in order to reduce the potential for idle, static noise. There are times when you want added sustain and therefore might need the compressor after overdrives, because using compressors after overdrives offers players a very warm and rounded, smooth and even tone with tons of sustain. And then you may need to return to the conventional routing, because compression before drives gives you a consistent gain level. Problem solved! Each half of the flexibly routed Keeley Aria provides tons of volume for boosting and pushing your amp, with each half offering essential tone shaping controls to perfectly sculpt the core of your guitar's sound.

The Aria comes with TRS insert jacks to allow you to divide the pedal into two units. Insert effects between the two sides! Compressor into delay into overdrive, anyone? Maybe swap that for overdrive into delay into compression.

For nearly two decades, from nearly every Nashville session-ace to the praise and worship player at church, from Steely Dan to Steve Vai, the Keeley Compressor and Red Dirt have been a part of these performing, recording, and touring sounds. Now, these two epic tones are together in one stomp box that is easy to use and full of features.

The Keeley Electronics Aria will be available 06-28-2018 at dealers worldwide as well as RKFX.com for $199.

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Great quality filters that sound good independently or combined. Retains low end through the filter spectrum. Ability to control wah and switch on fuzz simultaneously. Very solid construction.

Fairly heavy. A bit expensive.

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