Just curious... who uses a compressor with their overdrive?

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  1. Obsessed

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    Always too. Subtle icing on the cake after everything else is adjusted. Mine is always before OD/dirt.
     
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    Yep always on but fairly subtle.
     
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    Ever since the 80's yes....but not always!
     
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    NO, never. And I will not ever want to do that
     
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    depends on what i want to achieve

    i have a main Overdrive, which is quite gainy. i then goose the front end of this for lead stuff

    normally that goosing comes from a clean, loud OD - a TS or Klon type - or a fuzz

    but there are times i want a "more" sound without additional grit, so use a comp. normally its when i am attempting to be a big more 80s - def leppard's Photograph works better with this set up

    also, with the compressor and the lower gain pedal, i can get the definition and articulation for stuff single note like Love-era Cult, early/ mid U2, any number of new wave bands
     
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    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I use the compressor on most songs, and yes, in most cases it stays on when I kick in either the boost or the distortion.

    I don't have any set rules.
    As others have stated, it's all about achieving the sound and tones we want on this song versus that song, and even in the verse of a given song versus the chorus or bridge.

    Examples:

    Bryan Adams' Summer Of 69
    Intro - Boost on, compressor off
    1st verse and chorus- boost on, compressor on
    Bridge - boost off, distortion on, compressor on


    Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion
    Intro - Talk box on, compressor off
    1st verse - Distortion on, compressor on
    Bridge - Distortion on, compressor off
    Chorus - Phase shifter on, compressor on

    Etc, etc.

    Okay, I'm gonna shut up now.
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  7. 4pickupguy

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    Op didn’t say what kind of music he did but compressors are one the most versatile pedals you can have.
    Can use it for so many things:
    1. As a boost.
    2. For the clean chime thing
    3. For slide playing
    4. Harp harmonics and Kyoto picking
    5. The chickin pickin smashed flat thing.
    6. In front of drives for sustain or boost.
    7. After drives to accentuate articulations.
    8. As an always on ‘sweetener’
    9. As an EQ. Multiband compressor can compress/boost separate frequencies.
    10. As a limiter.
    11. Bottom up compressor as an expander.
    12. To ‘duck’ an effect such as echo through side chaining.

    There are probably more I missed.
     
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    using a compresser limiter in the correct application is alright, but just using it to have another pedal on the board is a waste, to use one properly you have to have a clear understanding of what it does and what its limitations are ,
    example: reverb for a guitarist is very different than reverb to an engineer , the same with compressing/ limiting , each has a place and a right time to use it
     
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    It depends on my mood and on the room. If the room is big enough to turn up a little extra, I might not. I'll occasionally run my Dyna Comp (knobs at 2:00 & 10:00) into my Custom Bad@ss Modified, which I use for light/mild drive. I really don't use the compressor on heavier drive.

    That said, I've been curious for a while to use something like the Xotic SP with the blend function as an always-on, just to see how I like it.

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    I like a DC style comp in front of a solid state clean to add some warmth and bounce. I’ve moved away from compression with dirt.
     
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    I do this too. My right hand can get overly excited at times and things can get too "dynamic". But you don't necc need a blend, tho I wouldn't mind having it. Just a hair of light optical compression can accomplish this. I use a Diamond Jr just barely on.
     
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    I have a love hate relationship with my sp compressor.

    I find it seems to make things a bit muddy. But I'm addicted to the sustain and "pro" sound it gives me.

    Also, I still haven't figured out how to effectively use the blend feature. In theory, this is great. But in practice I haven't been able to get a good sound with it below around 2 o'clock.
     
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    Light compression with light od, yes. Otherwise, no.
     
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    I've used my Wampler Ego compressor (has the clean blend feature so I'm usually around 50/50 mix) into a Visual Sound Drivetrain OD , and gotten really good OD tones especially with my Strat single coils.
    Currently I have a Xotic Sweet boost, the Wampler Ego and the Drivetrain and I can get a lot of different stages of gain mixing and matching those pedals.
     
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    This right here. I almost always run an overdrive to give just a hint of 'extra' to my Twin Reverb. I also play with a thumbpick and three fingers, so the compressor stays off most of the time (I don't want to lose the dynamics). But when it's time for flat-out chicken pickin' then the compressor is great to have.
     
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