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Wah before Compressor? Or Compressor before Wah?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by fink, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. fink

    fink Tele-Meister

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    On my pedalboard, I usually have the Compressor first in the chain. But for ergonomic reasons and space, I tried swapping the Wah Wah into the #1 spot, before the compressor... It works okay, but I'm not sure which sound I like better. Noise doesn't seem to be too much of an issue at practice volume, but it could be at a gig...

    Those of you that use Wah Wah and Compressor on your boards, what order do you arrange them?

    thanks a bunch,
    -Dan

    PS We are talking Budda Bud-Wah and Boss CS-3 Compressor.
     
  2. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

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    Can't you do this...

    Just because your pedals are set up in one physical order doesn't mean that you have to wire them in that order.

    In order of signal chain, I prefer the compressor first, then the wah, but I have to have the wah pedal first on the board (on the bottom far right). Since I rarely turn the compressor on or off in the middle of a song, I have it on the top row.
     
  3. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's

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    Compressor ALWAYS first!! :D
     
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  5. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I like the compressor first

    and /or maybe even a Tube Screamer, either before a wah seems to enhance the wah effect better to my ears, but in the end it's what you like.
     
  6. Steven

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    Wha first (Fullton modded Cry Baby) then compressor (Trex CompNova). That works just fine IMHO but I cant say that I notice much difference in sound/feel compared to the other way around. Use your ears and fingers to find the order you want.
     
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    Comp 1st

    I've always put the compressor 1st in the chain.


    Telejammer
     
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    Sustainer?

    If the compressor is also a sustainer I think the wah should be after it. You don't want a sustainer amplifying the wah movement. Better to let the sustainer do it's thing on the pure guitar signal then send it to the wah (and other stuff.) On a pure compressor, I could go either way until actually trying it to find out which I'd prefer.
     
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