Originally Posted by GG7
I was going to suggest the ART Pro Channel II studio tube mic pre / optical compressor/limiter and tube parametric EQ until I read the "1 rack space" comment. This great studio caliber box takes up 2 spaces...
IMHO, a comparable unit is the now discontinued ART Tube Channel model 259. It is 1U and can be found used for under $200 (mine is NOT for sale).
Hear it here: http://www.basstasters.com/preamps/A...e_Channel.html
Originally Posted by johnk_10
if you're going for a 1U unit, i'd recommend a used dbx 160X.
Gold standard for 1U compressor. For a pedal my favorite is the classic EBS Multicomp with true by-pass.
Love the compressor FAQ cited above, but these things do have a degree of subjectivity, and are very much affected by one's instrument, strings, tone, playing style, volume needs, headroom, etc.