Looking for a compressor pedal that goes well with OD / DIST

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  1. Merkury

    Merkury TDPRI Member

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    OK , I just got the SP Compressor. My first impression : it is absolutely Delightful . Funny thing, I like it on the Lo setting as well, didn't even bother trying the other settings because it's already doing what I wanted in the first place (pumping the signal a little bit), so why bother :)

    I'm really amazed at the sound quality. Let's see if my Drive boxes like it ! :D
     
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    blille Tele-Afflicted

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    Congrats!

    Now that you chose the right Compressor (the one I recommended) we can start the dirt before or after compressor debate. Trey Anastasio and I vote after dirt. :)
     
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    I'm gonna have to look it up... [emoji57]

    Happy now??
     
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    Glad you like it.
     
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    tube.tone Tele-Meister

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    I almost feel old school saying this, but the barber Tone press superpasses anything I can think off, it an amazing pedal... see his description below, there are a ton clips online.

    "In research and development, Barber studied the problems associated with classic guitar compressors and their recent clones and found that, while the clone-makers build pedals with improved components (cleaner switching, in particular) and matched transistors, a few of the major drawbacks of those “vintage” designs still exist. The most glaring drawback of popular classic compressors is that they reverse the guitar’s phase and cause a “pop” that squashes the attack at the beginning of every note

    Although we now see some compression units that have attack controls, they leave a bit to be desired as they require seemingly endless trial and error tweaking , and still no true solution to gracefully removing the pop.

    Parallel compression is the solution. a Barber innovation that blows away having to deal with attack, ratio and release knobs of other so-called "studio compressors." Barber developed a one-of-a-kind proprietary continuous “blend control” circuit, and combined it with a discrete “Class A” FET mixer circuit to allow you to continuously blend the natural signal of your carefully selected guitar with a “phase-corrected” classic compression circuit. The result? What guitar players have always wanted, unaltered attack and supernatural sustain and resonance"
     
  6. Merkury

    Merkury TDPRI Member

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    Sounds interesting. Wish I could try one.

    BTW I managed to use the SP Compressor at a couple of gigs, and here are my final impressions :

    1) The SP is everything but subtle, no in-betweens with this little guy. On the LO setting, the tone is almost squashed. Good on the cleans, I like that with single coils.

    2) I put it BEFORE my Distortion Pedals. My BOSS SD-1 seems to like the SP. On the other hand, my BOSS DS-2 doesn't get along with the SP very well. I get lots of different Output Levels from the DS-2, depending if I hit Low or High strings.

    3) With the SP always on, I'm having trouble controlling the Tails of my DD-7 delay. They now sound much louder and 'less in the background' than before. I don't like this that much, but I'm sure it's not the SP 's fault.

    I think I'll try to swap the DS-2 with ANOTHER OVERDRIVE similar to the SD-1 , the DS-2 is really too compressed.

    I'd still give the SP an 8/10 for its sound quality.
     
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