Do you use a compressor?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by brown2bob, Jul 5, 2021.

Do you use a compressor?

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  3. Occasionally

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  1. gitold

    gitold Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yes I use them a lot and I have a lot of them. My favorites have blend controls.
     
  2. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, as a matter of fact. I do.

    Bob
     
  3. telekaster1999

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    Boss CS-2 for me and always on, all 3 controls set at 12 noon.
     
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    Only when I play finger style because my little finger dosent pluck the string as hard as my other fingers. So I set it at the lowest settings 2 to 1.
     
  5. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Only on bass, just enough to even out string volume.
     
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    jkats Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Yes, with Fenders, but not Gibsons - Guyatone ST-2 on the big board, BYOC Orange Squeezer clone on the smaller board.
     
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    I use a Hitachi dual tank oil lubed compressor have been very happy with it. Drives Brad nails to 3 1/4" framing nails. Plus runs paint gun and sheetrock pattern gun. Doesn't have enough capacity to run air chisels, but I can live with that.
     
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  8. El Tele Lobo

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    I’m about to get back on the compressor bandwagon. I just ordered a Wampler Ego Mini.
     
  9. oregomike

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    I have a Greer Lamplighter Optical Compressor and have to say first, I love it, but really I don’t know it inside out. I pretty much tweak the knobs until I hear something I like. But I really like how it gives my tone a little punch which is what I mainly use it for.
     
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    Only popped in to say that I was once an absolute comp addict. Just about every brand going back 20+ years (mxr all the way to origin effects and any brand in between). For no reason at all, I took my comp off about 2 years ago and noticed a real change to my playing style. Started using my volume/tone more, as well as amp volume/dynamics and got really used to it. I’ve tried to place a couple of compression pedals back in, but it doesn’t suit me like it used to.

    However, every time I listen to Cory Wong I want to put a comp back in my chain :)
     
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    Andy Summers and Adrian Belew were early guitar heroes of mine and inspired me to use a compressor. I tried an MXR Dynacomp and hated it. Had a Boss CS-1 for a while, but it was too noisy. Got a great deal on a Carl Martin Compressor Limiter and have been using it for 20 years -- quiet and a lot more adjustable; also has quite a bit of gain if you want to use it as a boost.
     
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    No, I don't. Just straight in to the amp. Guitar-cord-amp.
     
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    I use a Dyna Comp Deluxe mainly and love what it does for me. It's essentially always on. I have a DOD Optical Compressor too in case I want something a little mellower.

    Thing with me is I play very quietly and 100% clean (and usually single coils). In that situation the comp provides all kinds of good stuff. If you're playing with hot pickups or a juicy amp that's already compressing your signal you probably don't need a comp pedal.

    I have never noticed the DCC hurting my playing style or sensitivity. In fact it seems to make my playing more sensitive because at low volume I can ride the sustain and do a lot of light hand or pick movements and have them come across nicely.

    For me, the moment I stepped on the DCC was an epiphany. It's the secret ingredient that finally let me achieve the sound I always heard in my head.
     
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  14. ReverendRevolver

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    For more than 2 decades, I've been bewildered by how many people use compressors. Like, everyone has different preferences, I get that. I dont use a pick, which is odd to some people, but I dont hear a "baseball card in the spokes" sound, and have more control, and figured out early on how to compensate for the loss in attack.

    But compressors always confused me because I hear what they do, I just dont really like it. The EHX black finger was the only compressor I ever really liked, and it may have been more the switching lamps and having a bit of distorted ness in there that made it cool. But not cool enough for the price tag, so I never bit.

    Do "compressor people " just really like the evened out quality the way I dont like it?


    Also, I REALLY wanted to just say "air compressor gets used every time car tires need air; how else are y'all doing it?"
     
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    I have an Empress & a Slide rig,(big box). Both in line and one or the other will be on. THEy are on their own loop so I can take them out with a button push and apply them where I want. THe Slide is FAT & the Empress is transparent.
     
  17. moosie

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    I played with various compressors over the years... meh. Then I got an Empress, turned it on, set it to 'transparent', and never turned it off. It just makes everything sound a little better.
     
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    I use a Wampler Ego compressor. Volume 10 o'clock, sustain 12, attack 12, blend 12, and tone 9. I mainly use it for chicken pickin' stuff. The attack at 10 to 12 o'clock gives it the crispness or snap. The tone at 9 o'clock takes the ice pick highs out of the bridge pickup. I really can't tell much difference with the sustain below 12 o'clock. I'm not sure what the blend knob does.
     
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    Jangle Box always on. Tele and Ric 12.
     
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    I Don't like 'em, I don't use 'em.
     
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