I use a Boss CS3 for parts that need sustain, like when I'm trying to emulate a keyboard part, you can claw-pick a 3 or 4 note chord and hold it for a measure or two. For some leads it can sound cool if it's not overdone.
Compressors are the most misunderstood tool in the grab bag.
Then there is what most people don't realize....
- There are many tones you cannot do without a compressor.
- There are many tones you can destroy with an improperly set compressor.
- Compressor can be an effect... eg: funk, snappy country, etc... Used like this you hear the effect doing it's job.
- Compressor can be a tool... Used like this it often isn't even noticed, but it provides a huge impact on the refinement of the tone.
So...... many people do not need compressors simply because they are already compressing their signal in one way or another. What is interesting to me is when those same people insist they don't use compression.
- If you play with overdrive, you are already compressing
- If you play with distortion, you are compressing even more
- If you play a tube amp that is turned up, you are likely compressing
- If you hit the front end of your tube amp with a heavy boost, you are compressing
I hope this does not come across as an attack. That's not my intent. I'm genuinely curious and want to learn/bridge a gap.
If you are using a comp pedal set not subtly, it is subtracting liveliness.
It might be mimicking a cranked tube amp (sort of) but it is mimicking the compression (dynamic reduction) in that case.
Yet I consistently see people say this and want to understand what they mean.
I have a Maxon, but knew I really wanted a Dyna Comp. I ended up with the Deluxe Dyna Comp cuz it has the same circuit as the Script model, but added tone and blend knobs, all for $10 less than the plain Script!
Honestly I just have all four knobs at 12 o'clock and it gives me that sparkle and definition I love, no fuss. It's the kind of thing you don't even know it's on, besides everything sounds so good. Switch it off and something's missing. That something is the "Dyna Comp Magic®."
Curious how the Dyna Comp Deluxe works with humbuckers, if you have tried that combo? Hear most Dyna comps tend to be too dark w/hb's. But maybe the blend and tone controls on the Deluxe help w/that. Thanks!