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Compressor Placement Help?

Moe45673

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So I know the compressor goes at the beginning of the chain, except for maybe after a fuzz.

few questions:
a) would my strobostomp work better after the compressor or first in line?
b) should comp go before or after wah?
c) I have a hot British. I plan on using my diamond comp with minimal sustain (less is more, and all that) and rarely turn it off. If I leave the diamond on, then turn on the HB, which itself is very compressed, would it make a difference to the HB's sound?

Thanks!
 

Richard Guy

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I would put the Strob-o-stomp first in line and use your neck pickup with fingers only to tune.

I would try the compressor before and after the Wah, choosing whichever is less noisy.
 

Cary Chilton

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no rulz MANG! :) I like the compressor after THE WAH! Who wants to compress the range of the WAH? I guess if the wah is a low end wah, then any kick in the pants to the signal will make it rock, but with a TEESE wah, totally unnecessary IMO. I like after OD pedals, in between Od pedals and sometimes before the Od pedals.

YAAAA BABY!
 

Moe45673

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Thanks for the feedback!

Richard, I've owned the SS since May and am quite proficient in using it. Just wondering if putting it after the compressor would make it even more responsive.

I'm gonna have to try alternating placement, I guess.

Also wondering about the Distortion pedals. I want my dirty tone to be the same as it sounds now with no compression beforehand, would it make a difference?

Thanks!
 

drolling

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Moe, if we're still talking about the Diamond, I'd try it in front of your OD(s).

Believe me, I didn't think the sound of some of my new pedals could possibly be improved upon, but a dash of the diamond dust pushes them over the top. I'm not hearing more compression, I'm just hearing *more*.

Thing even sweetens the sound of a clean booster. Good thing you're planning to leave it on most of the time, as I've been unable to turn mine off.
 

gitpicker

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There are two things I would consider:

1) How much noise in the compressor? OD's will amplify that noise when run after the comp.

2) Do you use your OD's to boost your signal? Running the comp after the OD's will squelch the volume increase.

For me, I like my comp after OD's and before modulation. I don't compress my solos, so I can get a big boost when kicking on an OD. And I like the sound of modulation effects on an already compressed signal. Of course I use an AM Juicer, which does not compress the signal that much anyway...

I try setting up different ways, but usually it ends up something like this:

Guitar --> Wah --> Vibes/Phasers --> Fuzz --> Light OD's --> Heavier OD's/Dist --> Comp --> modulation (chorus,flange,delay) --> 'ol BF Fender...yea!

Put the Strobo Stomp wherever it is most handy - it is true bypass and should not change your signal.

As always, try placing your pedals in all ways and see which sounds better to you.
 

wgs1230

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Moe45673 said:
c) I have a hot British. I plan on using my diamond comp with minimal sustain (less is more, and all that) and rarely turn it off. If I leave the diamond on, then turn on the HB, which itself is very compressed, would it make a difference to the HB's sound?
Almost certainly. The amount of audible compression depends on the amount of signal gain you show the circuit relative to its threshold; throwing any gain boosting effect at a compressor which is already effecting your straight signal will increase the intensity of its effect, altering the dynamics of everything in front of it. HTH.
 

msp

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i use a analogman modded ts-9 befor my barber tone press a foxrox octron then a barber tone pump (duel channel overdrive)

i like the the flexability of having heavy overdrive befor and after a compressor

befor makes for a good noise maker and after makes for a damn fat lead tone
 




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