Best Compressor for Acoustic Guitar?

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  1. guitargypsy

    guitargypsy Member

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    I play a couple of nice Gibson acoustics live in my set and inevitably when I go from heavy strumming to single note leads there is a significant drop in volume. So I'm going to get a compressor to help with this.

    I had a two-knob Keeley but it colored the sound by cutting some of the high mids and highs it seems. Any other suggestions for a really transparent compressor that I can just leave on?

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    -Chris
     
  2. Seegs

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    I like the Okko Fx. Coca Comp...BJF Pine/Pale Green Comp. and the Telenordía compressor...all are great with acoustics...

    Chow,
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    The BBE Opto Stomp is an excellent an affordable compressor for acoustic (works great for bass too).
     
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    Using a comp and leaving it on won't really fix that problem. Especially if you're playing with another player. You have to kick on something to boost the level. If it's a comp, it's a comp. But a comp really can't fix that and make you audible playing single note lines after you'd been ham-fisting it.
     
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    The Tone Press works great for this application largely due to the blend knob allowing the acoustic character to come through more.
     
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    +1 on the Tone Press. Mine is on all the time with my Breedlove acoustic & mandolin.
     
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    I use the TP also. It's the one comp I've used that doesn't get brittle. Really warms it up.
     
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    If you have the room, I,ve read the FMR does a great job, stereo, 1/4 or xlr in/out.
    For a simpler setup, tone press. Keeley lops off too much high and low, I always prefer straight to the board and add fx later.
     
  9. Analog Assassin

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    Well, if you set it right, the comp will limit the "ham-fisting" part and bring up the single-note lines a bit.
    I use a homemade ross comp. Maybe it's the parts I used, but unlike the keeley, it's just as bright as bypassed. Sounds great.
    I built it for my electric rig, but I found that it does wonderful things for acoustic. It does seem to make the skinny strings sound better. Way better sustain.
     
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    I've got an FMR RNC and I don't care for it with my guitar running directly through it...I use it in the fx. loop of my AER and mixer which is where it sounds best to me...

    I prefer pedal compressors if the guitar is running directly through them...

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    If course it will even things out a bit, but it will not make the single notes audible if someone else is playing. Another thing, most acoustic guitar amplification systems don't have much dynamic range as it is.
     
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    The RNC is not meant for direct use with instrument level and impedance. When setup in the loop or through a mixing board it will sound MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCH better than ANY pedal comp. The RNC is a studio quality compressor.
     
  13. guitargypsy

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    what would you all recommend; boost my leads with a boost pedal or squash my rhythm playing with a compressor?
     
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    I've used it in this capacity and I wouldn't describe it as Muuuuuuuch better...I prefer what the pedal compressors I mentioned earlier in the thread do to my acoustic tone...ymmv!

    Chow,
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    Hi,
    I'm reading this with some interest. Haven't really fallen in love with compressors for electric playing. But I suppose a compressor could really soften up the tone of my "under saddle transducer"-pickup in my Martin. Take away some of the brittle, harsh high end, right? /C
     
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    You bet Carl...that's exactly what an Okko Fx. Coca Comp. or BJF PGC will do...you lose the brittleness and round out and warm up and fattens the tone...funny enough I also find that a Klon also works well for this purpose...

    Chow,
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    I have the T Rex Comp Nova and barber Tone Press. Both work equally well with my 614CE.

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    Thanks, I'll experiment more. Have a TonePress here, thinking I should get some sort of preamp as well, like a LR Baggs Para DI. My acoustic is a Martin D-15 with a B-band UST-system, sounds good - but a little too brittle to be all natural.

    /C
     
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    Agreed ... I'm always looking to preserve dynamics as much as possible with my acoustics. I never liked what compression does to amplified acoustic tone. I prefer some sort of a boost for leads ... and there's a lot of options there. I've used my TIM pedal, Barber Burn EQ set up with almost no gain, etc. You could use an eq pedal ... there are lot of possibilities to get a lead to step out.
     

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