Compressor pedals location in the signal chain?

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  1. HeeHaw

    HeeHaw Member

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    I just traded for a CMATMODS compressor and I really like it. Where in the signal chain do you put your compressors? Before or after the OD pedals?

    My pedalboard is really simple and here's the order I have it in at the moment. Does this sound correct to you guys?

    SD pickup booster
    compressor
    sunface
    FDII Mosfet
    Choralflange.
     
  2. g.griffith

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    Placement is something I've been experimenting with recently. There's a fairly long thread on it somewhere around here... Anyway, I've been trying out the compressor after the ODs, that way I can roll off the guitar volume and clean up the ODs; that's a little more difficult if a compressor is before the ODs and not letting the volume drop as much.

    Some fuzzes are also very picky and you would probably benefit putting the Sunface first; but I don't have any experience with a SD pickup booster, so I couldn't say for sure. You might want to play with the Sunface placement as well. Cheers!
     
  3. HeeHaw

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    The SD is a decent, low buck clean boost. I use it spairingly.
     
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    for a clean boost, you'd be better off putting it after the compressor. And yeah, +1 to putting the fuzz first
     
  5. HeeHaw

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    Thanks guys!:BEER
     
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    hey man, try it out and get back to us on the results.

    What does the mosfet do? Is it a plain OD?

    If you're looking for a volume boost and to stand out in the mix when playing leads, try putting the SDPB last
     
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    I tried putting my Diamond Compressor after my Hermida Grinder distortion and it rounded out the tone too much for me. Just my opinion, but I think compressor first is the way to go, more dynamics available.
     
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    I prefer my Dyna Comp before the overdrive and distortion pedals. Otherwise, you are compressing all of the harmonic overtones introduced with the overdrive. I just think they work best on a clean signal.
     
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    I think it sounds/works better before your OD's, but the best way is to try it in different places within your signal chain and see what sounds best to your own ears.
     
  10. Wooley

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    My compressors always come first. Aside from being a nice little signal booster I can kick on at any time, it also increases the definition of my notes going through modulation effects.
     
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    I have a wah into my dyna comp set for a little lift, so i sound like michael thompson's clean sound. Just my way.

    Aj
     
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    For the most part, I don't turn on the comp and OD pedals at the same time, so I don't worry anymore. I've tried before and after, and just don't like the combination all that much. I have mine first in line, and I have a boost after my ODs. Sometimes I do run the comp and boost at the same time. I like it that way for clean boost with sustain.
     
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    I like it both ways it really depends on what pedals you're using and how they're set-up.
     
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    I usually use it last. I like it that way. Seems to smooth everything out cool.
    Esp. if you stack OD's.
     
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    After touch sensitive drives and before or after others. I like mine after cause most of my drives are "open and transparent". When I want that compressed drive sound I turn on the comp after the drive and have a whole new smoother pedal sound. :D
     
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    Put it before drives, after wah. Compression is my favorite "boost." It really brings out a lot interesting tonalities from your guitar's pickups that you don't otherwise hear, and it can sound very juicy. My modified DOD 280 boosting my OLC Supreaux sounds very juicy indeed. Also, a compressor after your ODs will be more noisy, so there's another benefit of putting your comp pre-drive.
     
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    But doesn't putting it BEFORE your Supreaux make the supreaux MUCH less touch sensitive? Or do you set it with a very slight amount of compression.
     
  18. HeeHaw

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    Okay men, the Sunface does not like the comp, but it's a no brainer, not using both at the same time because I have no reason to in the first place. The choralflange works well nearly anywhere, so I'm going to leave it after the FDII. I ended up setting them on my board as follows:

    Sunface
    Compressor
    FFDII mosfet
    choralflange
    SDPB

    Now I need to find myself a wah, reverb and a good delay. Then I'll be finished........or not.:rotflmao
     
  19. Uma Floresta

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    Yes, but any booster in front would also make it less touch sensitive (but without the same singing quality). I wouldn't use compression at unity gain in front of any overdrive pedal - that would kill the dynamics without adding much else. If I want the natural dynamic gain of the Supreaux, I keep the compressor off. If I want it to "sing" I add compression, with a hefty volume boost from said compressor. Usually my compression level is at about 10:00 or 11:00 (much more than that and it gets too noisy).

    Otherwise, if I'm playing clean and I want compression, I generally keep the compressor at unity gain.
     
  20. derek_32999

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    Cool, I will have to try that with my honeybee! A boost into my honey bee doesnt kill the dynamics though it just makes it higher on the gain spectrum. I can still clean up respectively the same. It just wont get CLEAN cause the beginning level of drive is so high.
     

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