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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:19 pm    Post subject: Compressor Reply with quote

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The other guitarist has a Marshall Edward The Compressor that he doesn't get on with so he brought it to practice last night and I dropped it into the front of my pedal chain at half-time. I have no idea how it's set up but it was fun. I may use it at the gig on Friday, it seems to even out the inconsistencies in my technique a bit (call me lazy).
This review says it doesn't cope with high-output pickups such as PAFs well, so I need to have a decent tinker with it to see how it goes with the V.

Anyone else used this and how do you like it? (or do you have a compressor and if so how do you use it?)
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I consider compressors to have two primary uses, the meedly meedlies and the jingle jangles. I like them for the latter function. they balance out the strings so you can hear more of the high strings. this makes chords more bright and chimey.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just started using a Monte Allums modded Boss CS3. Like you I find that it evens out the guitar's sound and thickens it up a bit. I also use it to drive my drive pedals a bit and remove a bit of treble.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Guyatone ST2 which is a nice little compressor. Has a 50/50 wet/dry switch on it which is very useful to stop things getting overly squashed. i mainly use it for a nice 12 string sound or fat gain sounds. Not so much regular clean but it's fine to get some spank.

Recent acquisition from MBM, the janglebox clone is just excellent. its basically a modded dynacomp with a high/normal/low switch on. the ultimate 12 string sound and really just a great compressor otherwise.

really worth having one to get "the right sound" every now and again if you're struggling.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a TC Electronics Vintage Compressor. I have it after my drive pedals but to be honest, I still don't really know if I have a function for it. I can understand the reason for having one (which I always thought was to smooth out your playing a bit more) but I'm not sure that I quite understand them enough to warrant keeping it on my board. I do tend to use it as a bit of a volume booster when I don't want to use a OD. Other than that, I'm all ears on hints and tips to get the best out of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like compressors to sound squashy, so have it set with just a hint of compression - just enough to smooth the sound without it giving a lower than expected output when you hit the strings.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm the opposite. If I'm using one I want it to sound thick or jangly and to be an obvious effect. I love well played compression.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the Marshall compressor once and decided that it's fine for certain applications, such as when playing live when you need a bit of a volume boost and need to smooth out dynamics in your playing to stop your sound(wo)man getting upset. It's nice and cheap, and has the right controls you'd need for tweaking.

Unfortunately, I hate using compressors; especially on cleans. I actually *like* the fact that digging in and hitting the strings harder makes me sound louder and vice-versa. I guess I've been listening to so many Explosions in the Mogwai-style bands that I'm addicted to the loud-quiet-loud thing, which a compressor doesn't work well with. RATs and Muffs tend to have a lot of built-in compression anyway, so when I'm using distortion the dirt box itself gives all the compression I'd need.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have about three Comps (trying to find the right one) and i really like the EHX Soul Preacher at the moment. My Line 6 Constrictor is noisy and the old Arion Compressor isn't as transparent as the EHX.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i love my compressor when I'm playing funky rhythm as it hides a lot of my hamfisted playing. I'm with mike though on the sparkly jangles. this and a lovely chorus on a clean guitar can be heavenly
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use an old ibanez CPL on my bass channel, makes the OC-3 sound less flubby. really good pedal.
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