Does anyone?( Compressor content)

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  1. jackal

    jackal Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Does anyone here use their compressor for rhythm playing only? I love the string to string balance I get when playing leads, but chording the wound strings just seem to disappear in the mix. Wondering if a good compressor would help this out?
     
  2. jrblue

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    I do -- lots. I don't like the way some guitars have a really explosive attack that then falls off remarkably in level, even if the note itself is sustained audibly. For me, the compressor is less a tool to generate sustain and more a means of reducing the level difference between immediate attack and the same tone nanoseconds later. So I find modest compression really helpful for rhythm. I use other means to arrive at favorable string-to-string balance -- beginning with pickup adjustment.
     
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    I use compressors a lot at low volume no matter what I'm playing
     
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  4. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Depends. Funky middle position stuff sounds cool with compression. But, I mainly use it as a “clean overdrive” for clean leads or to bring out clean harp or swept harmonics.
     
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  5. Kayle McGuire

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    I’m the opposite. I use it for lead only! I like more dynamics in my rythym playing, but smoother leads.
     
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    My Xotic SP compressor is my only “always on” pedal. It’s fantastic! The blend knob, while doesn’t really set it apart,makes a HUGE difference.
     
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    Where do you guys place the compressor in your signal chain?
    No effects loop available here (older Vibrolux).
     
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    After drives and preamp, in front of Verb, Delay and Trem.
     
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    My is second after my tuner, so first in line
     
  10. DaveKS

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    Well the lower the freq of string the more amplitude and power they have. So compression circuits will trigger easier on the plain strings and will do upward compression. The more powerful bass strings will more likely involve some amplitude limiting by comp because they exceed the threshold more. So yes lower registers on your guitar can become clearer, they're having their peak amplitude limited by the compression circuit.

    That's why lot of studio mix use multi-band compression that apply different compression ratios from high to low
     
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    Upward compression? That's an interesting concept.
     
  12. Asmith

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    I use them for a bit of everything sometimes I need a more level sustain on a clean chord. My issue with compression is that I like to hear the attack of the note and I was using a stock CS3 and really wasn't enjoying it because no matter the setting it seemed to kill the attack note or at least make it sound unnatural.

    I modded it and put a blend in place of the tone control and now set the compression side so it flattens the attack and the blend control puts the attack back in.

    Maybe in your situation you should stick and eq after your compressor and you might be able to get a similar effect that a multi band comp would produce.
     
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    This would be my exact response here as well.
     
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    Mine is on all the time. UNLESS I start adding distortion to my sound
     
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    If you turn the compression amount down and the volume up can you use it as a clean boost?

    and is it any good?

    Eddie.
     
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    Yes, an Xotic SP compressor could be used in this way. If I had a second one, I might use it this way.
     
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    I use mine always on, first in chain, Mooer yellow comp, very nice one....
     
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    First in chain, and mostly only for rhythm and some swell stuff, very few times for clean leads.
    It has a blend....which I wish I could turn into a tone control instead...blend with a seriel effect is useless to me, don't get it one bit....but I like the sound of the comp itself and just do not use that blend thingy...ever( have tried several settings and all that, back when I worked as pedal maker we even installed one on a prototype comp, but removed it again, just did not see the need, guess there are different needs :D )
    I use it now and then with drive as well, never just leave it on, it is an effect for guitar, not a permanent thing....
     
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    Same here, always on. I don't squash it, so I always retain some dynamics. But I have a heavy hand, so it helps me avoid a lot of fizz that can happen when I strum too aggressively. If I were playing cranked up then I would not use it for leads/solos.
     
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    Yeah, strange, but its real. Compander without the “comp”... Familiar mostly as a sidechaining practice...
     
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