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Old 12th February 2009 | Show parent
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Analogman compROSSor - killer!
Old 7th June 2009 | Show parent
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Compressor

Anyone tried the Demeter Comp-1 Compulator or the Retro Sonic Compressor?
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Janglebox 2
Old 7th June 2009 | Show parent
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The Keeley is a fav around our place.

Old 8th June 2009 | Show parent
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I've had great luck with the Janglebox. It definitely makes my Ric 12 string sound exactly like the Byrds, but I've been ore interested in using it with other guitars. In fact, i took it with me to England when I recorded at Abbey Road (where they have a coupe of nice compressors in house) and we ended up using the janglebox on guitars.
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Stick a foot switch in an ART Pro VLA and you're all set!
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I pretty much only use the FX Engineering Mirage.

Sometimes for leveling. Sometimes for tone. Sometimes to smash it so hard that it sounds clipped, even though it actually isn't. IT's a very cool effect. You you smash it and drive the amp if gives that richer clean tone like a great blackface Fender.
Old 8th June 2009
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The presence knob on my Mesa Boogie is the best compressor.
Old 8th June 2009 | Show parent
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around here, it's the...

Ibanez CP9 for transparent (but these are hard to find now) - and - the Boss CS-2 for tone/colour. As has been mentioned however, avoid the CS3 with all your being.
Old 8th June 2009 | Show parent
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The Keeley 4 knob makes me sound like a better guitar player than I really am
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I really wanna try the Keeley Comp too; mostly because is one the most loved pedals here at gearslutz... but IΒ΄m using the Moolloon Comp and IΒ΄m loving it too!

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Ross!
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im a fan of the philosophers tone by pigtronix

YouTube - Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor
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Big for the Barber Tone Press!
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I like my T-rex comp nova. Very subtle (any setting) and smooth, does the job.
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Keeleys are it!

I have owned and used DynaComps for years, but they have one HUGE draw back.
The attack is too slow, so with large amounts of compression the beginning attack of the initial pick attack is too loud.
My work around is to pop the strings right before the take.
This causes the compressor to kick in and because the release is so slow it stays in compression until I am recording.
I have read how to speed the attack up, but I never had time to do the actual mod.
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Ross or Barber Tone Press!
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Ross or Barber Tone Press!
The Keeley IS the same circuit as the Ross except with higher grade components.
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Janglebox
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Originally Posted by Mike Caffrey ➑️
I pretty much only use the FX Engineering Mirage.

Sometimes for leveling. Sometimes for tone. Sometimes to smash it so hard that it sounds clipped, even though it actually isn't. IT's a very cool effect. You you smash it and drive the amp if gives that richer clean tone like a great blackface Fender.
+1 ...I`ve tried pretty much all of the others mentioned here or a variation of the circuit . The Mirage is a cut above in that it feels like a fast ,juicy big bucks studio tube comp . If you want a colored squashy feel however, then several of the above will work

http://www.fxeng.com/
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I like the compressor (+Hush & exciter) half in my Rocktron Surf Tremolo pedal.
Sees more use than the tremolo side.
Old 16th September 2010 | Show parent
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Ibanez Compressor II. Model# CP-835. Red, w/ square metal footswitch. Try to find one on EBay, et al. YOu won't regret it.
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Old 16th September 2010 | Show parent
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+1 on the Barber Tone Press. Parallel compression rules.
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Quote:
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Ibanez Compressor II. Model# CP-835. Red, w/ square metal footswitch. Try to find one on EBay, et al. YOu won't regret it.
are those expensive like tube screamers?
Old 16th September 2010 | Show parent
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I'd say, a pedal compressor is not a good thing, but if you really want one, no questions : T-rex Squeezer !
And there's also a compressor/sustainer, pigtronix philosopher's tone. Check them out
Old 17th September 2010 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by robertshaw ➑️
are those expensive like tube screamers?
Looks like used CP-835s are currently going for about $100USD.

Definitely worth it. Not just in my opinion. A family member guitar-techs for Linkin Park & Godsmack, and he says it's the best compressor he's ever heard. (He repaired torn 9v battery clip wires on mine.)

The one pictured, I bought new, in either 1980 or 1981, and it still sounds like it did the first day it came out of the box.

It's a VCA, so it adds color, real brown and lush. Might be too warm for some folks.
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Originally Posted by fakiekid ➑️
im a fan of the philosophers tone by pigtronix

YouTube - Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor
I've just ordered one today from HotRox UK. It's a good clean general purpose compressor with a "little twist" (soft distortion blend option) I've tried one from a friend and was immediately convinced. My old Boss CS-2 is good for solos and picking but squishes to hard on chords. The Maxon CP9pro+ is really nice working device as well. So I'll compare my Maxon and the new Pigtronix. I have the feeling they share some similarities.
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Barber Tone Press with it's mix knob!
MXR dynacomp -vintage is the best sounding with overdriven amp sounds by far
Keeley is very nice
The Diamond is nice
Old 18th September 2010 | Show parent
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Have had most of them - Keeley, Bicomp, Boss, etc. Somehow the Dyna Comp I bought new in 77' keeps bumping all the others off the board and has done so for 30+ years now. I even bought another original Script for a second pedalboard.

The others are all great and perhaps sound a bit more hifi however........ In the end they just seem boring to the point I never really step on them and when I do I'm never quite sure it's giving me anything I like better. When you step on a Dyna Comp, something cool happens. Hard to really be any more detailed than that, but it's something that most vintage Dyna Compers swear by.
Old 18th September 2010 | Show parent
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Can we sort of clarify the types of compression that are available?

1. Vintage "guitar style" VCAs like the Dynacomp, Comprossor, Ross, Ibanez, CS2 etc: these tend to thicken the sound. They work well for electric, really well for distorted electric, not so good for acoustic or really clean...

2. Optical compressors: like the liquid blues mentioned above, many studio compressors, maybe the janglebox?-tend to be quite clean, great for acoustic, clean guitar.

3. Others: the Philosophers tone is a different approach, not sure what he's done but I don't think it's a compressor at heart, more of a synth type sustain circuit.

What else is out there?
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