View Full Version : Keeley or barber tone press
03-01-2009, 12:05 PM
Looking for a compressor pedal. Any thoughts or other suggestions?
03-01-2009, 12:17 PM
I like the Tone Press better.
Big White Tele
03-01-2009, 12:20 PM
Sound different, and feel different. Really is a matter of taste. The Keeley is the more common choice of pros"s. Ive owned both and theryre both great. I think the Tone press is a little brighter. Some call that transparent, I dont know.
FX Enginering Mirage..... Barber would be my 2nd choice
03-01-2009, 12:23 PM
Love my tone press....it's the simplest compressor you could ever want
The blend control absolutely rocks and it has that "magic dust" effect on your playing if you want it!
But you can't go wrong with either...
03-01-2009, 12:33 PM
MXR Dyna Comp '76 RI has made me a believer in compression again. Toneful, musical, and can be subtle if you like it that way. In-between the Keeley and Barber price wise. Limited production as well.
03-01-2009, 12:38 PM
Thanks guys. So far i'm batting 1000 on pedals. i wanna keep going.
03-01-2009, 01:41 PM
Never played the Keeley so can't comment. Everything I have read it's a great pedal. Love the Barber. The ability to blend your clean signal with your compressed signal with the external blend knob and adjust the squishiness (sp?) of the compression from brighter to more vintage rounder sound with the internal color control make it one of my favorite pedals. Works as a nice clean boost also and with humbuckers
03-01-2009, 02:03 PM
Choosing the right compressor requires looking at several parameters:
* What are you trying to achieve (compression, increased sustain, volume boost/attenuation)?
* Where in the signal path will the compressor sit?
* How will the compressor affect pedals later in the signal path?
* Do you want to retain your original tone (transparent versus colored)?
* What type of pickups are being used?
For transparent compression, sustain and volume boost, I like the Keeley (2 & 4-knob), Demeter COMP-1 and Maxon CP-9 Pro+ compressors.
For more colored "chicken picken" style tones, I like the Barge Concepts RC-3, JangleBox and MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp. These compressors work well with single-coil pickups.
For attenuation, with little or no compression, the Demeter COMP-1 is my favorite.
03-01-2009, 02:47 PM
i think you should check out the compressor shootout on youtube, by visual sound.
03-01-2009, 03:45 PM
I own the Tone Press, but as much as I love Dave's pedals, I gotta say that the Keeley 4-knob compressor is one of the great pedals on the market, IMO.
It sounds phenomenal and is sooooo versatile.
03-01-2009, 03:50 PM
I use a Tone Press
03-01-2009, 03:56 PM
Check out the Stigtronics Compressor. A Ross style clone but the most quiet comp I've used. For under $150 you can't beat it.
Check out the website http://www.stigtronics.com/
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