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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by golfnut, Aug 4, 2019.
Are there many compressors with a gain knob for adding a bit of grit\dirt? List them here.
Most all of them have some kind of level control, but I don't know any that have a knob to create any kind of distortion or overdrive. That's not a compressor's job.
I know of only 1. Thats why I was wondering if there were more than just this one.
Pigtronix philosophers tone comps have a grit switch as well as gain that isn't dirty.
Also they have a knob to add back some attack to keep some original dynamics while adding more to the decay.
I have the bass version and the grit switch is not subtle.
Might not be what you're looking for.
The Rt66 by puretone or visual sound has a pretty good comp on one side and a very nice version of a TS808 on the other side.
You can run both and the lowest setting of that 808 circuit is an excellent clean boost, so you can add more subtle grit there.
It also has a bass boost switch and a tone knob allowing treble and bass boost for less mid hump, should you prefer.
This is your answer. The best compressor I have used and you can add some grit with the Drive pot. Only recommended for experienced compressor pedal users IMHO.
Keeley Compressor Pro
I have used one for about three years. The gain, in my case, serves as a clean boast but you can dial it in to suit your needs.
I really like the soft knee.
Analog Alien has one. It works and it’s yellow. That’s all I remember about it.
JHS Pulp N Peel v4 has a grit toggle switch and a small trim pot to adjust the amount of grit in the mix.
I support via ime...the vfe white horse...and I'm a compressor noob.
Boss make a great compressor which has great sustain.
Interesting I thought this was just a clean optical comp. Where is the drive pot? I don’t see it.
As someone mentioned, the Philosopher's Tone has a grit knob. I usually keep it turned down all the way. I'm not crazy about how it sounds. The PT, though, has some very useful features for me, anyway. The blend knob allows you to mix dry signal with compressed, the result being that you can keep your attack intact. And it has a treble knob that allows you to keep your top end present and, as a side benefit, works well at getting that nice jangly thing happening.
Top dead center. It is a black splined post sticking out. I assume so you don't accidentally bump it, but it works really well on top of a very quiet optical compressor. I had borrowed three compressors from a good buddy while he was in recording mode and learn as much as I could spending most of those two years on the Empress. I think you really need to understand all of the compression attributes, before using the White Horse. Otherwise, I think it would be easy to get lost. The gain is really something to behold, but as good compressors go, this is fairly subtle, so don't expect a RAT-in-a-compressor box.
The Philosopher's Tone is a way underrated pedal IMO. You can find them used on the cheap now, it may be just what you're looking for.
Oh, BTW, the "Response" and "Bass" on the White Horse use similar black posts. You should be able to see the line indicator on the top of these posts in the pic.
Cali76 Compact has input & output level controls. I use the output to drive the amp & use the input to control the amulet of compression. Takes a while to learn to drive it but this thing gives a nice kick to the front end of the amp. The way I use it, it's not a subtle effect -- light compression & a fair amount of clean boost. Any dirt comes from the amp, not the pedal.
Also, if the OP specifically wants a comp with a dirt knob, why do so many feel the need to post their favorite comp that lacks that function?
My plain ol' Dynacomp is unity gain at about 2 or 3 oclock, adds enough after that to push my Blues DeVille very nicely.
The OP wants a comp with a drive knob (or maybe toggle). Why is that so hard to understand?
Every comp with enough level will drive an amp harder but that’s not what was asked.