hey. What is your favorite compressor for sustaining notes without coloring the sound?
If I were looking at lower priced comps. - I'd look at the VFE White Horse used. I find they color my tone a bit. The FX Engineering RAF Mirage is clean as a whistle, but a bit pricier.Looks like nice stuff there. Unfortunately a lot more than I'm looking to spend.
I went and checked out a few pedals at my local spots. Keeley 4knob, Xotic SP, Wampler Ego, and Pigtronix Philosophers Tone.
I have to say so far the Keeley is front runner. Maxed out on a clean amp it sounded almost on the verge of a sustainer. The clipping knob was a bit of a mystery as to what it was supposed to do. But overall it was a very tweakable pedal. As noticeable as you would want it to be.
Tie for 2nd with the Xotic SP and Pigtronix PT. The SP worked pretty well. Pretty quiet. Not nearly as tweakable as the Keeley, but had an interesting character. Not nearly as splatty but still sustained nicely. Couldn't put my finger on what was different about it.
Honestly I would have bought the Pigtronix because it was selling close out for $99. Seemed like a no brainer but I didn't like that it had an OD "grit" built in. You can turn it all the way down, when you turn it up it basically gets mixed in with the clean via a "blend" control. Compressor worked well but didn't have much control at all other than sustain and a "treble" that acted similar to attack, but not really. Overall it just seemed like kind of a confused pedal. If the blown had worked on the compressor instead of the gain I would have thrown down $100 and walked out with a decent compressor. But I figured it was always going to bug me into some way.
The Wampler I just didn't like at all. Didn't spend that much time with it, as once you hear the Keeley (for the same $$$) it just didn't have the same nuances.
Hoping I stumble across another good deal somewhere. Compression isn't my thing overall. Basically a tool Id like to have on my board for when I need it.
Really my sole purpose is to use it to sustain notes going into a Moog MF102 Ring Modulator. Sometimes the notes die out if you sustain them long enough. I used a friend's Boss compressor to see if it helped. It did, but those Boss some kind of crappy. Obviously not as noticeable going into the Moog, but I'd still rather have a compressor I could use other than for that.
Naturally that sounds better. But using enough SPL to make your guitar vibrate and reinforce the strings' motion isn't always an available option. Trying to get a similar sound and touch at a lower SPL is pretty much the goal of a compressor.I'm going to go against the grain and say I get much better results getting long, sustained notes by boosting my amp and using its own natural tube compression. SHO and Klon circuits work fantastic for that in my rig. Much better than I can get with a compressor. Of course, it's going to be loud....