Any pedal compressors that work more like my rack compressor - not killing chords?

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  1. Lek

    Lek Member

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    So I have an analogman bicomp and it's just like a keeley I had awhile ago - even with a slow attack and sustain all the way down - it still kills my chords. Individual notes are as loud as chords - completely killing dynamics. Now some of you have said in previous threads that this is what a compressor does.

    However, you can set a rack unit to slightly compress the guitar - so that digging in or hitting a big chord will be compressed slightly compared to an uncompressed signal, but still a bit louder. Dialing in the right threshold, attack, release, and ratio, it is easy to set up mild compression - impossible with my pedals!

    I can run through an fmr rnc compressor and get some light compression without killing it - hell even some old rack guitar effx processors had compressors that let you retain some dynamics. Are there any pedals like this (and while I want to try a barber tonepress - this does it with parallel compression, something not necessary with a rack unit).
     
  2. analogmike

    analogmike Gold Supporting Member

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    I think the joe meek FloorQ comp pedal could be what you are looking for, our analogman comps are really EFFECTS and can't be that subtle.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    the carl martin compressor can be set like a PA unit, with a threshold light that lets you see (and set) when, where, and how much it starts squashing. i use mine as a lead booster on my acoustic guitar, where i'm trying to not "effect" the sound so much. it won't control release, but it will do everything else.
     
  4. Lek

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    And I love the bicomp for what it does.

    However, I still have used comps in guitar rack effects where it does act as an EFFECT (bringing up harmonics and exciting delays and overdrives, increasing sustain) yet still not squash all volume changes (allowing me to be louder hitting a chord)

    I didn't mean to imply I want to merely control dynamics as a pristine pro audio compressor might do (like a pendulum ocl-2, cranesong stc-8 or GML 8900).
     
  5. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    similarly, the old TC sustain+ compressors act & respond quite a bit more like many dedicated rack compressors do.
    i've been using the same one since 1979-1980;
    it's still rolling along.....
    dt / spltrcl
     
  6. zachman

    zachman Senior Member

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    Eric Johnson doesn't seem to have this issue w/ his MXR Dyna Comp, and thankfully-- neither do I.
     
  7. Jim Moulton

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    You can set the Carl Martin to SQUISH like crazy tooo!!
    JIm
     
  8. Macaroni

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    Here's a great one that I'm using - the Maxon CP-9 Pro+...

    http://www.godlyke.com/shopping/pgm...scat=13&frompage=Online_Store&page_num=1&=SID

    "Featuring patented low-noise DBX compression technology with Threshold, Ratio, and Gain controls, the CP-9 Pro+ offers up to 30 dB of clean gain boost with a 10:1 maximum compression ratio.

    Reduction status LED accurately displays compression effect while 18-volt circuitry provides maximum head room with ultra-low noise operation and full-frequency response for use with any instrument. TBS switching with 4PDT switch assures quiet, transparent operation in bypassed."
     
  9. roflo

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    I own a commercial recording studio and love the sound of the old vintage comps....but they are not practical for a guitar rig....my favorite guitar comp to date is the Barber Tone Press......it allows you to dial in the amount of compressed and strait signal to your amp........it is basically paralel compressing......which is how I use most of my compressors in the studio
     
  10. blacktip

    blacktip Supporting Member

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    Another thumbs up for the Tonepress.It has an internal trimpot that goes from a more vintage to modern sound as well.Not that expensive.
     
  11. SimonMorrison

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    Optical compressors are typically more transparent and, in my experience, are better at retaining dynamics. Check out Demeter and Strymon.
     

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