Review by Clare Knight
Biyang CO-10 Compress X Pedal at GuitarAC
The Biyang CO-10 compressor pedal is part of the Baby Boom Series with it’s 70s style logos and colourful design. This is a pedal that is classed as a “cheaper version of the MXR Dyna Comp” but with very little, if any compromise on tone and quality.
The pedal itself is a solid build with durable metal casing and it feels like something that won’t get damaged easily (not that I have tested that theory yet). It has a very bright green LED light, which I found perfect for onstage. It has two knobs, one for Level and one for Sensitivity. This pedal does not have a sustain control but that was no major loss to me but it might be a deal breaker for other guitarists. The attractive bonus of the Compress X is that it is true bypass. There are boutique pedals out there that do all of the same things that this one does but they are significantly more expensive. Of course, if you are someone that likes a certain brand or prefers popular brands then you are unlikely to look twice at this one, but it definitely holds it’s own up there with the big dogs. My experience with this pedal has made me less likely to dismiss cheaper priced pedals in the future.
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I have used the Biyang CO-10 Compress X pedal both at a gig and at home. When playing at the gig I did notice some audible hiss when the sensitivity was over half way but I have a strong feeling that it was worsened by a combination of old electrical sockets in the venue and the amount of extension cables we had to use to reach those sockets. With the sensitivity all the way up there was much more hiss however in the gig setting I could only hear it when we stopped playing and the pedal was still on. It was only during testing and playing in a very quiet house that I could only hear a little hiss coming through. Using better electrical sockets showed that this pedal works like a charm with very minimal hiss, which to be honest I was not expecting after my gig experience.
This pedal really shined through when playing funk rhythm parts with a nice clear attack, a warm tone and slight loss of low end. This pedal adds sustain and that extra punch without changing the tone significantly.
It depends on your preference and whether you want a budget pedal that looks good, is built well and works as well (possibly better in some opinions) as top end boutique compressor pedals for a very reasonable price. If so, then this is your pedal. If I have learnt anything from using this pedal it is that you shouldn’t focus too much on the price of gear but try them all out, expensive or cheap, and make a decision on the sound.
If you are intrigued and want to try out this pedal you can get one here Biyang CO-10 Compress X Pedal at GuitarAC