Pedals you don't get the point of, defended by users who love them.

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by dlew919, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. mitchfinck

    mitchfinck Tele-Holic

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    I don't understand compressors. I mean, I understand them, but I don't understand why people use them.
     
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  2. Charlie Bernstein

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    Funny you should say that. I don't see them much anymore, but a friend was just showing me his yesterday. He's in love with it.
     
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    I own an Earthquaker Devices Rainbow Machine. I'll probably never use it live but every once and awhile I'll plug it in and play with it and cackle to myself because I'm freaking my neighbors out.
     
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    We need more pedals with knobs labeled "magic".

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  5. MDMachiavelli

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    Control.
     
  6. Tele Fan

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    I can understand the point of any pedal, they help people get the sounds they're looking for. I don't use many, but I say more power to anybody who wants to use them all.
     
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    Don't get the point of anything with a list price of more than £100 - at least for a single pedal.
     
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    That'll be a Rock'a'Billy thing the Gretsch guys'n'gals would begrudgingly use in place of actual tape delay systems. A friend of mine had the real deal that he used with actual cassette tape. He made it sound fantastic, even used it for distortion..I suspect a non-pedal (except for my BD-2) schmo like me would break it in a heartbeat..
     
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    It makes it sound like cheerful space elves have captured your signal and sprinkled it with space elf dust.
     
  10. Deckard

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    Any fuzz. Just ugh. I mean get it but bleh.
     
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    My go-to example would be the solo in Like a Stone by Audioslave, though Tom Morello used one a lot in his Rage Against the Machine days too. Killings in the Name Of is another good example l.
     
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    Before all studio rack equipment got packaged up and stripped down to fit inside a guitar pedal, the only place you saw compressors was in a studio, in the hands of the pro engineers. There were a few legendary models that had somewhat of a cult following, due to their ability to add, in the words of their proponents, "magic dust" to your track. The Universal Audio LA2A leveling amp, the UA 1176, and UAD-1 Fairchild 670 are a few of the famous ones that I know of (I'm far from an expert on these though).
    In the hands of a competent engineer, these could take your great guitar track and give it a unique presence and color that pushed it from great to amazing. They were pretty widely used and revered, you'll hear them on most older recordings. Even though the "best" compressors/limiters are supposed to be transparent, these were not, but what they added, everyone wanted.
    Hence the early guitar pedal compressors, and wide adoption of them, but it seems that over the years everyone has forgotten about why they were good to begin with... however, the pedal versions don't have that magic, at least not in the same way. You can still get versions of the above rack compressors, but they are $thousands$.
     
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    No, I get tape delay. This gave your sound a warble like you were listening to it on a cassette. I'm looking fir the ad
     
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    And the unfortunate placement of the switch relative to said art.

    I'm sure it's good for a few giggles here and there, and some unusual sounds given the appropriate application.
     
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    I have the rack mount version It does sound amazing!
     
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    Fuzz. That I got when our '64 Magnavox stereo ripped its speakers. When Petula Clark sounds like a dying Studebaker, music is not being made. Plus, moldy fruit creates guilt, not resonance.

    Rat. I do like weasels, but not unharmonic distortions.

    Wah. Please, someone--KILL all '70s-sounds, finally and forever. Why put Peter Frampton's God-forgive-him talk box on a guitar?

    Pitch-shifters. I got fingers for that.

    Any metal-sounding OD/distortion. See "unharmonic," above. Also, If I wanted to hear bad electric motors getting worse/the sound of mere blinding frustration, I'd borrow my neighbor's crappily-made '70s power tools again. Mono-mood/reductive mood stuff is music not being made.

    Anything that creates any texture and/or volume of sound that precludes any sound but itself--nah. The guitar is so eloquent, in so many languages, why use bad blankets on its tongue?
     
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  17. Charlie Bernstein

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    Where I live, that's Camden!
     
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  18. basher

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    It's an overdrive for your clean tones. I find a compressor lets me dig in without the peaks bursting people's eardrums, and it gives me more sustain so I can play more expressively. It can be a really subtle effect; the difference can have more to do with how the instrument responds than what a listener might pick up on. But since I've been using one I wouldn't want to play a single-coil guitar clean without it.
     
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    I actually live 100 miles from hope B.C. and I have to go through it to get to Vancouver, Hope is the town that Sylvester Stalone filmed "first blood"
     
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    I imagine your guitar talks like Kelsey Grammer, and wears a bowtie.

    With no 70s sounds, there'd be no:
    Curtis Mayfield
    Kung Fu movie scores
    Sly Stone
    Dark side of the moon
    Iggy and the stooges
    Prince...
    ...and probably a bunch of classic rock I'm sick to death of but most guitar players love.





     
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