Boosts and Comps

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by shuffle, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. shuffle

    shuffle Member

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    I currently have Analogmans compROSSor, only am i alone in thinking this is a very non-transparent comp?? It seems to increase the bass frequencies and decrease the highs??? Changes my tone completely. Its sounds great but i need something transparent.

    Is keeleys comp a good one to look into for transparency?? And good thickness/sustain ?? If not what is another good option around the same price?

    Also, im after the most transparent clean boost i can find, that will add a small bit of gain/grit etc. Im currently loking towards the xotic RC boost. Any other recommendations?? Same price range (used $130-140)

    Thanks,
     
  2. kevin hart

    kevin hart Supporting Member

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    i agree with you and would not describe the analogman comp as being transparent. i've also owned the keeley & would not call that transparent either. the menatone jac is a nice transparent sounding comp. i also think the demeter compulator is pretty transparent at lower comp settings.
    the carl martin comp is quite versatile & quite transparent also. the other comp that i've only read about, but is refered to as quite transparent is the pale green compressor. hope this helped.
     
  3. gixxerrock

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    The Seymour Duncan Pickup booster works very well for me. It can be very transparent or introduce slight resonances to give a slightly vintage or modern character. Extra grit comes from hitting the tube preamp section harder. True bypass as well.

    Shawn.
     
  4. fr8_trane

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    The barber Tone press is about as transparent a comp as you will find in your price range. Its a parallel compressor which means it compresses your signal and then allows you to blend in the squashed signal with your unaffected tone. It also doubles as a clean boost

    For a clean boost with grit I think the RC is probably your best bet but you could also look into the SparkleDrive which is a clean boost and a tube screamer in the same pedal with a blend knob. With the gain all the way down its just a clean boost then you can add OD to taste.
     
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    The barber tone press is a great comp. I'd say it may be the most popular comp on the board, considering price and everything.

    Don't overlook the cheaper marshall ED-1, though! Many people do, at their wallets peril
     
  6. shuffle

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    Thanks everyone, great help, much appreciated.

    Im thinking of looking more into the barber tone press, and RC booster.

    Any other suggestions let me know!

    Cheers
     
  7. covert

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    Try the Aphex Punch Factory. As mentioned in another thread, I'm havig a really hard time choosing between it and the Barber. The Barber is certainly more versatile, but teh Aphex does the one thing it does really well.
     
  8. Brett Valentine

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    You might also want to consider the PedalworX McSqueeze. It can double as an Onrage Soueezer based clone and a very nice transparent clean boost without any noticeable treble boost to my ears - seems pretty much "flat response" (different than the McBoost). That along with the Tone Press gives you a pretty wide range of options.

    Brett
     
  9. BountyHuntr

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    I own a Keeley Comp and just Sold the RC. I do not find the comp transparent...even a bit muddy at high settings, better than anything else I've had but haven't had the Barber....??? I did not find the RC very clean for a 'clean boost'. I always had a hint of OD even when the Gain all the way down... JMHO
     
  10. jonny guitar

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    Keep your eye out for a used Katana Boost - perfect for what you are looking for. Has a pull out on it to get a more gritty sound too.

    Keeley comp works great if you get the attack control on it....I used it like that until I got the Katana.
     

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