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Pedal to Smooth Out "Hard"-Sounding Amp

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Radspin, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

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    I have a few amps with a "hard" and "quick"-sounding attack, like my Dual Showman Reverb. I'd like a pedal that smooths out the attack and maybe even gives it a little sag, like a tweed Deluxe. I know this may be impossible but thought I'd ask.

    A compressor seems like the obvious answer but I don't want that exaggerated "pop" you get with, say, a Dyna Comp...I'd like the opposite. Also, I wonder if a tweed amp emulation pedal would do the trick; say, a Catalinbread Formula 55. I like to play with some overdrive so a pedal like that would be good if it does what I'm looking for.

    Also, I much prefer pedals that work on batteries. Not a deal-breaker but I like to play with different pedals and not necessarily have them on a pedalboard.
     
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    A compressor with an attack control.
     
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  3. blowtorch

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    EQ or possibly a limiter
     
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  4. mjcyates

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    There are many good compressors available that will smooth out your tone without the "pop". Typically any with a blend knob (Wampler Ego, Xotic SP, Barber Tone Press, etc.). I also like the Rothwell Love Squeeze circuit and think it would work well for what you are wanting.
     
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    76CF076E-BE43-4873-A7D8-598F298B4DDE.jpeg Many years ago I bought a Peavey Compressor/Sustain pedal that did this.
     
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    The Dod Milk Box compressor does that.
     
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    Try this one.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007T8CUNG/?tag=tdpri-20

    It is cheap and the circuitry doesn't give you that pop you are referencing.
    I had a dyna comp (sold it after a month), a keeley (I had borrowed from a friend) and this Joyo Comp.

    It is pretty easy to dial out the squash and get it to where it just evens out the signal. I use it on both guitar and bass although I play bass more often.
     
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    +1 on the Joyo. Works for me.
     
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