Dynamics processing is by far the most commonly misunderstood type of signal processing. It’s just not as intuitive as, say, EQ and delay. Many musicians struggle to find the right compressor settings. The COMP16 makes compression more accessible by providing 16 presets that have been carefully tailored for a wide range of applications, including vocals, percussion, fretted instruments, keyboards, stereo program material, and effects. All you have to do is choose a preset, tweak the input gain and makeup gain to taste, and you’re done. The backlit VU meter displays either gain reduction or output gain, and a bypass switch lets you check the processed signal against the original.