Compression + Overdrive

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  1. elmicko

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    Just saw a video of a new pedal that Lucky Dog has coming out that combines compression and overdrive effects in the same pedal. It's going to be expensive so it got me to wondering what other pedals combine these two effects. I'm not much of a pedal guy but I'm going to start playing in a roots rock band and I need a little controllable bite available. I need compression too but I'd much rather get both in the same box if it sounds good.
     
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    TrueTone (Visual Sound) makes the Route 66 which is a Comp into a tube screamer.
    There are definitely more but that the one I remember at the moment. lol
     
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    Any sort of distortion IS a form of compression.
     
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    Or just buy a compressor and an OD pedal, for less than a lot of the dual effect boutique models. The VS RT66 used is a good deal though.
     
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    The VFE Whitehorse compressor has a "drive" pot that allows you to add some grit to you sound. What I really enjoy about this pedal is the ability to add some drive that is absolutely colorless. A great pedal, but not for the compressor novice IMO. I spent a few years with 3 different compressor pedals just to learn all of the attributes of compression. I could not effectively operate my White Horse without that knowledge and ear training.
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    I run a comp into a tubescreamer.. sounds awesome. Never felt like I wished it was a combined pedal though. Don't really see the point. Just limits flexibility imo
     
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    Keeley has a couple like that. The Aria, and one of the "workstations" which is three pedals in a tiny housing. The footswitches are too close together on those workstations though. Maybe the Aria is better.
     
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    I was going to suggest the Aria...
     
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    Here is a Dist/Comp combo by Bob Burt called the Gr8t Distortion. I'd like to own it because it is a very high quality Rat circuit (LM308N) with all high end spec'd components.

     
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    DOD made one back in the '90s called the Attacker. It was probably one of the first dirt + comp combos outside of multi FX boxes. They sounded okay. I would be looking at the aforementioned Visual Sound Route 66 today as I like their stuff.
     
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    If you like the compression circuit and your like the overdrive circuit and you never want to change either, then it's a great idea. In practicality, just get a compressor you like and an overdrive that you like. Then if you say, I want more of a Klon sound than a TS, you just change one component. Or if you say, want an optical compressor instead of a Dyna/Ross style, you just change that.
     
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    I'd agree.. stick with a compression pedal and an overdrive so you get your choice of each.

    A lot of these are boutique and you're most likely locking yourself into the Ross/MXR Dynacomp type of compressor which IMO is very "meh".

    A lot of Overdrives (tube screamer family especially) have quite a bit of their own natural compression as well which makes a pedal with a TS type OD + a compressor in one box kind of weird.

    VFE White horse looks like a sweet option as it's an Optical Compressor with some dirt. Having had both Ross/MXR style (Keeley) and Optical I much much prefer the Optical ones. They are much quieter and more natural. Because they're so much quieter they can be used as a boost which can negate some of the need for dirt built into the compressor.
     
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    i really like compression after overdrive.
     
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    All dirt pedals add compression. A compression pedal that adds dirt is either a dirt pedal or a poorly designed compressor.
     
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    Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone has grit, sustain(comp) and blend controls and can be found used. Plus it's a fairly small pedal, about the size of a Boss, but requires a dedicated power supply (no battery option).
     
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    Xotic AC/Comp comes to mind, and I think one of the 47 versions of Fulldrive, too.

    But like someone said, then you’re locked into one kind of comp, and one kind of od.
     
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    I really appreciate all of the responses so far. I do realize that it would be a much more versatile set up if I went with a stand alone OD and a stand alone compressor but I've never been a pedal guy. I'm also strictly rhythm so I want the compression to smooth out chords and I want to be able to hit the OD button for when I go from a cleaned up country tone to a dirty roadhouse rock and roll tone.
     
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    Or it's an Ibanez CP-830. Love that thing.
     
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    I had one of those. I didn't keep it long
     
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    I would buy both instead. MXR Dynacomp is really good, I use it combined with an OCD and a Fulldrive Mosfet 2. Keep in mind it cuts some of the bass frequencies a little, it makes the sound kinda glassy when using little or no OD at all. I love all 3 of them.
     
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