Any compressors also a Clean Boost?

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  1. jrkoosh

    jrkoosh Silver Supporting Member

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    Stupid question time! Do any comps also act like a clean boost? It occurs to me that I want both features only when I am doing a clean solo. I know many comps have a volume switch, but can get noisy if using for this purpose
     
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    Not stupid at all...
    IMO compressors make the best clean boosts of them all..

    I swear by the Maxon CP101 for just this purpose ...

    But any Optic Compressor is the way to go ...
    It will slightly improve your overall sound & boost your sound just like it is...
     
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    Barber Tone Press all the way...
     
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    I use my Tone Press to boost the front of the amp a little. I do the same thing with a Monte Allums modded CS-3 in my practice rig.
     
  5. jcat

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    The Barber Tone Press is a great clean boost.
     
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    What is the difference in sound between the Maxon and the MXR compressors? Do you know? Just curious.....I recently got outbid on ebay for an MXR Compressor and now really I am opening up doors for other brands.....but that Maxon one is pretty expensive!
     
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    The Behringer DC9 Dynamics Compressor (which actually comes in a metal MXR-style box with a nice sturdy footswitch) has a huge amount of clean boost, I don't think it's true bypass, but it's not a tone sucker by any means. It doesn't cost much and really isn't noisey unless you dime both knobs. It's one of the few stompbox comps I've heard that actually gives you a slight top-end boost too.

    Danelectro's Surf and Turf is another budget option and is, apparently, only good for clean boost.
     
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    Sex Drive can compress and Boost - adds a bit of color as well - I love mine!
     
  9. Strat58

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    Hi the Hartman compressor great for boosting leads.
    Peace Strat58
     
  10. drolling

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    Yep - Diamond EQ user, here. It's a pretty subtle sounding opto-comp, but it functions as an incredible booster, imo. I usually set it to push my more dynamic low-gain ODs into the next level of grit/crunch; HoneyBee, for example, acts like a completely different pedal with a booster in front.
     
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    Yep, like it's been said, many compressors allow you to boost above unity level. I've got a Carl Martin comp and recommend it highly. Can do anything from subtle & unobtrusive to very squishy, very flexible.
     
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    OKKO Coco Comp in my opinion the best CLEAN booster and compressor together. Search the TGP!
     
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    Barber Tone Press. Pedalworx once made an Orange Squeezer style comp that had a toggle for clean boost. Pretty cool, but I have an orignal Squeezer, so I purged it. I don't know if it's still in production.
     
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    I'm using my MXR Super Comp more or less as a clean boost w/ very slight compression.

    I really like using it like this.
     
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    CMATMODS Signa Comp makes for an awesome clean boost with a lot of headroom. Cheers
     
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    MXR will generally do lots more squash than the Maxon. I don't need a ton of squash so the Maxon is perfect for me, great comp. Look out for them used, you can usually find them for $70-$80 on ebay and at that price they're a bargain. Check the Maxon website for accurate descriptions and sound samples...
     
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    I'm using my Marshall Ed compressor as a kind of clean boost - I set the compression rather low, and the volume higher than unity gain; also, the additional "Attack" control on the Ed is nice for suppressing a bit of pick click when using OD tones!
     
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    Check out the Himmelstruz Ms. NutCracker. It's designed to do just what you are looking for. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds promising.

    http://www.himmelstrutz.com/mnc.htm

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    Just turn the Compression control down and most of them are acting as simple boosts... if the ratio goes to 1:1 then boost is all you get :)

    regards, Jack
     
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    Based on the few I've tried (mostly non-boutique) not many actually go to 1:1. One optical that I forgot the name of definitely did (had a gain reduction meter on it) and I think my MXR does, but I can't be sure until I hook up 2 vu meters...which I'm considering doing just because I'm that much of a geek and can't leave well enough alone.
     

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