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Compressor recommendations?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by TWhitelaw, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. TWhitelaw

    TWhitelaw TDPRI Member

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    Hello my fellow Telegeeks. I'm looking into getting a compressor for my rig. Can y'all please tell me what you like and/or don't like? I've heard good things about the Wampler and a couple of others but would love for youse to weigh in. I'm not looking to color the tone a lot but increase sustain and perhaps thicken the sound just a tad. I never cared for the Boss blue Compressor the few times I've played thru them.
    My standard board has a KLON, OCD, Supa-Trem, Durham Sex Drive, and Carbon Copy running thru a '64 Princeton Reverb. I play a lot of roots-type music meaning country, rock n roll, bluesy rock, etc. No metal or prog stuff. Old school stuff for the most part.
    My main Tele is a 60th Anniversary Tele w/ stock PUPs to which I added a Glaser B-bender.
    That's it! Would love to hear from you.
     

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  2. Tony Done

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    I fingerpick, slide only on electric, and a compressor evens out the volume. - I'm not looking for sustain, though it has that side-effect. I've tried a few compressors, including a couple I built, and my favourite is an oddball - a Boss LMB-3. This is a bass limiter, but it has what I see as sensible controls - Threshold and Ratio, as opposed to the more common Sustain; it produces a small amount of "squish" that I like.It also has an Enhance control, which although intended for bass, will brighten up a warm guitar pickup, eg a covered humbucker.
     
  3. Deckard

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    Anything that has a blend knob and you'll be laughing. The wampler ego, barber tone press, xotic sp comp. At least those are my preference.
     
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    Yes, the blend control on the BYOC five-knob I built was good for fine-tuning the tone. There are a lot of pedals where a blend control would be good (eg reverb), so I bought a Boss LS-2, which can be used as a mixer.
     
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    I have a Wampler Ego and like it a lot. The blend control is very useful.
     
  6. TWhitelaw

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    Laughing in a good way or in a bad way?
     
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    In a good way.
     
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    What exactly does a compressor pedal do? What is the purpose/benefit? I have no experience at all with them.
     
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    What Deckard said. I play the same kind of stuff through either old Fenders or an 18 watter and have a Tone Press and dig what it does but the other two he mentioned will get you there too.
     
  10. RomanS

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    I play kinda similar music you do (rockabilly, rootsy rock, honkytonk country, alt.country), and I really like that tiny Mooer Yellow Comp - very unobtrusive, no pumping, no "obviosu" compression, just gentle levelling, and a bit more sustain; and that "tilt EQ" knob is also very useful for tailoring the sound of the pedal for your instrument & amp.
     
  11. Tony Done

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    A compressor reduces the dynamic range of the signal, by reducing the high peaks. The whole signal is then amplified to get back to a working level. The fine print on how they actually work can get very complicated, but basically they increase the apparent sustain and give a more uniform output. An unfortunate side-effect is that the input background noise is amplified relative to the overall musical signal. Many compressors have an "attack" control that I think adjusts how quickly the compressor reacts to a high peak. There is also an effect of how quickly the compression releases after the signal goes below the threshold, and this can result is interesting "sag" or "squish" effects.
     
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    I bought a Keeley Blue Vein compressor. Two knobs. Two internal trim pots if one desires to tweak more. These two knobs do more than enough for me
     
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    I'm not a huge compressor guy but the xotic is pretty versatile and has a small footprint. I've had it for a few weeks and like it thus far. I also have a Barber tone press that works well.
     
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    I have the 4 knob Keeley and like it a lot. Helpful to have the trim pot on the outside if you are changing guitars often. I think that will do what you're after.

    I haven't tried one with a blend knob yet, but I'd like to.
     
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    This.
     
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    I'd be interested to hear which you prefer. I have had a tone press for 2 years now and it's on all the time. I really can't imagine myself liking a compressor more than this one....but the SP intrigues me.
     
  17. TWhitelaw

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    Well boy howdy I can get the Yellow Comp on Amazon for 58 bucks! Do you think there's a world of difference btwn the Yellow Comp and, say, the Rothwell Love Squeeze which is $200. "You get what you pay for" etc etc. Too many durn choices (that's a good thing!).
     
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    I've owned a number of compressors over the years. If I were only allowed one compressor pedal for the rest of my days it would be a script dyna-comp. For optical compressors, my favorite thus far is the Diamond.
     
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    Another vote for the Mooer Yellow Comp. Great compressor!
     
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    I really like my Suhr Koji comp. it has a mix knob, and a 3 way voicing switch that covers a lot of ground.
    However, if money was no option, I'd go with a Slide Rig compressor.
     
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