Compressor, do I need one?

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  1. El Marin

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    I did that. Using a CS3 as a booster. Worst idea ever

    Now I hate compresors
     
  2. MilwMark

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    Normally clean sounds sit in a mix better than saturated sounds.

    Unless your clean sound is so squeaky clean that the amp isn't compressing at all.

    I'd figure out what is going on with your clean and dirty tone before adding a compressor.

    Compressors exist to compress. Don't get one if you don't want compression. Look to the root cause.
     
  3. DuckDodgers

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    I have a Mooer Pure Boost pedal that does what you’re looking for even better than the compressors I’ve used, and it was dirt cheap.
     
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    why give up anything?
     
  5. RetroTeleRod

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    I own four compressors that I don't use. Instead I like a overdrive pedal set as a booster to color my "clean' tone. The Barber Gain Changer does an excellent job on my main board for this. On my travel board the Timmy does the same duty.
     
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    Finite (pedalboard) space and money.
     
  7. cyclopean

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    so actual constraints and not some weird cop in your head must plug straight in purity thing?
     
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    I think we all should have one. Just my humble opinion
     
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    I find that a bit of compression just makes me sound a bit more "pro."

    It seems to let rhythm chord work cut through, because it is more dense and full - squashed in its tighter dynamic space

    Lead work you get more sustain obviously. And it smoothes things out a bit. It also induces you to lower the gain or level on dirt pedals.. So you can get a better tone sometimes without the perception of less gain.

    Sometimes you'll want you dynamics back, and that's when it's time to turn it off. It's nice to have the option though.

    Ime, compression is something you have to just use in order to understand what it does sonically.
     
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  10. brookdalebill

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    You may need one, it’s OK with me, but I hate em’.
    I never need as squished/squashed tone.
    I utterly don’t get em’.
    A clean boost, yes, I understand that.
    You might consider a Durham Sex Drive.
    They boost, and offer a light optional compression.
     
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    A compressor is a tool. I use one. Occasionally. Do you need one? A better question is do you need what a compressor does. Do you need to balance strings? Do you need add sustain? Do you need to thicken your tone a bit? Do you need to use the compressor as an effect as opposed to a modulation pedal to squish the tone? Answer yes to any of those questions and maybe it's time to go shopping, but don't go shopping until you are certain the solution to your problem can't be found in improving technique. Then ask yourself if a compressor is the right tool. Do you need a compressor or a clean boost. Remember, a compressor isn't magic. It's a tool. Make sure you get the right tool. You can hammer a nail with a hammer or the back side of a shovel. Only one of them works well. You can shovel snow with a snow shovel or a garden trowel. Again, the right tool does the job and the wrong one can be more frustrating than not having a tool at all.
     
  12. Bendyha

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    I just recieved my new compressor last week:D, and it is certainly changing my ideas about what these things can do...
    As you can see, this one does a bit more than my old two knob MXR Dyna Comp. and I'm still playing around with the possibilities....
    Do I like it? -YES!
    Do I need it....well, I'm learning to.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Sure, a compressor should help you... but may be you could, also, think about the sound of the whole band around you... There's an interaction between the "sound range" of the band when you play "dirty" or "clean"... My two cents!!!
     
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  14. ndcaster

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    I'm gassing for a Cali76

    so good for country snap
     
  15. Paul in Colorado

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    Address the basic issue before throwing "cures" at it. Figure out why the clean sound isn't coming through or is weaker. A compressor might help, but work on what you have first.

    Bendyha. What is that comp? I have a stereo rack compressor that has fewer knobs then that.
     
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  16. Bendyha

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    These things are fresh on the market, hand-made in small numbers (up to now) in Romania becosfx.com compiq-pro-stella-compressor-pedal-for-guitar-bass
    The first small batch sold out quickly, and I had to wait for about a month after ordering mine untill the second batch was made, but there should be built up stock available soon.
     
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  17. cyclopean

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    i'm pretty sure i don't need one because my signal is pretty squashed coming out of my pedal board and being fed into a an always on clean boost.
     
  18. artdecade

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    Been playing a long time - never needed a compressor.
     
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    No, you don't need one. They can be useful tools though.
     
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    Sounds like a job for a decent eq pedal more so than a compressor
     
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