Compressor revisited, suggestions please

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    My experience exactly. See my post above. Comps made everything sound denatured, liveless, and, in a word, terrible.

    But then I discovered that using a comp that has a blend control lets me keep my dynamics while adding sustain. Bizarre, I know, but it really works.
     
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  2. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yes! Exactly what I've been saying above. Always hated what comp did until I got a Philosopher's Tone. It gives me buckets of sustain without sucking any of the life out of the guitar sound.

    I'm more of a neck and middle guy, but I've had exactly the same experience as you.
     
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    Not my experience but glad it works for you.
     
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    Using blend control at half and keeping the sustain/ compression relatively low the Tone Corset does subtle but magical things for my Gretsch Power Jet.

    Haven’t felt the need to try it much yet with either the Tele or Jazzmaster.
     
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    So I have a multi effect (Sonicake, not a lot on these online) has a comp that sounds great when you need a little boost to your clean tone. Very happy with this lil gem. Twiggy Blues it’s called. Not good experience with Dyna Comp, had DOD like above here, liked that but am about downsizing these days
     
  6. FenderLover

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    Every Compressor thread (revisited):

    - Every comp has now been recommended, again....
    - I would never use a compressor
    - My compressor is always on
    - Comps suck, and here's why....
    - Comps are great, and here's why....
     
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    About right.....
    Or the blend is best thing ever since cats got paws!
     
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    For direct line recording, country music mind you, the Keeley Compressor Plus followed by the Exotic EP Boost is pretty hard to beat. You can control the wet dry and it's the closest pedal I've found that can rival an actual 1176 studio compressor.

    Live however, unless it's for some special effect, I wouldn't use one.
     
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    So far I’m leaning toward the dod280 hoping it is similarly voiced to the fx80b & milkbox.
     
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    I have never liked compressors either, especially the Dynacomp/Ross/Keeley types but the new ones with the blend control changed the game for me (best thing since cats got paws!) I am very happy with the Xotic SP compressor. I tried it out next to the Wampler Ego. Don't let the small size and 2 knobs deceive you. It is brilliantly designed to do it's job with minimum tweaking. You can go from subliminal compression to full squash with the blend knob and the toggle switch. It is a Ross type compressor so basically sounds like the Keeley, Wampler, the other Ross derivatives. Not an optical compressor if that's what you're looking for.
     
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    TC Electronics' Hypergravity is a contender...the 4 knob full-sized, not the mini.

    In addition to the attack, sustain, level and blend knobs, you have the "vintage" and "spectra" modes, and most important, the TonePrint for importing settings from some long-time users of compression.

    This demo is my style...no endless banter...just playing.
     
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    Definitely a polarizing topic. :lol: And a much harder effect to use properly compared to overdrive, delay, etc.
     
  13. Charlie Bernstein

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    And just a guess based on your Rat avatar is that you drive your amp hard enough that it's already squashing nicely without sticking a cherry on top.

    Pete Townsend says that even though he uses a compressor, it's just because it's there. His sound is already about as compressed as it can get without it.
     
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    I just love how the Rat looks. I use one at home set subtly to give some overdrive. But not live. To me a compressor pedal and how an amp (or good OD) compresses fee and sound quite different. Live I don’t have any “always on” pedals and my overdrive is only for leads, with just enough EQ shift and level increase to lift enough to stand out a bit.
     
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    The Monoprice compressor is only $20 bucks right now and gets good reviews. For 20 bones, it may be worth a try.
     
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    Wow...lots of differing comments.
    As far as comps are concerned I use rackmounts-Bellari RP282 and a Behringer T1952,both tube
     
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    I use an inexpensive BBE Vari-comp ....don’t use a compressor often but this gets the job done.
     
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    Compressor threads aren't complete until someone claims that the Mooer yellow comp is a clone of the Diamond comp because they are both yellow.
     
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    It's an optical comp, similar to the Ammoon I mentioned earlier. It should work well as a boost and mild comp. It won't get the super squishy tones though.
     
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    Yes, that one sounded good to me too, in the 2 videos above. I've never used compressors, but would like to try one of those.
     
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