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Do I really need a compressor?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Joost Assink, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. Joost Assink

    Joost Assink Member

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    Ok. I'm starting off with all new gear after playing acoustics for many years. So far on my pedalboard I have:
    Fulltone OCD
    Fulltone fd2
    Analogman bi-chorus
    Diamond memory lane 2
    Peterson strobostomp

    I really want a basic pedal board and it's already more expansive than anticipated.

    So do I need a compressor? Will I miss it?

    If so, which one do I get?
     
  2. thetangmang

    thetangmang Member

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    I'm going to say no, you don't need it. But it depends on what styles you play. If you play a lot of blues, you don't want anything messing with your dynamics and you would definitely not want a compressor.
     
  3. Han Solo

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    If you're not sure if you need one, you probably don't. It will also depend on what kind of music you play.

    I use a compressor for clean rhythm parts and Knopfler-style playing.
     
  4. JeffOlson

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    Embrace dynamics. Just say no to compressor pedals.
     
  5. Wheeler004

    Wheeler004 Member

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    You def need a comp. Check out the AMan bicomp. You won't be able to see how you lived without it.
     
  6. DamianL

    DamianL Member

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    Hey Joost....

    Good to see you've made the trip over from the AGF...


    Compressors? I'll trade you my Barber Tone Press for one of your acoustics?


    You still have that sweet Ryan? :BOUNCE

    D
     
  7. Mike McLenison

    Mike McLenison Member

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    I wasn't a compressor type until I researched it, then bought one of these.

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  8. stevel

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    If you're trying to cop (pun intended) the 80s era Andy Summers tone - and just about any LA scene cat, I'd say you need one.

    The intro to Red Hit Chili Pepper's "under the Bridge" has a nice compressed tone to it.

    But I tend to think of that way as just another effect - one to get the sound of an existing cover.

    I think many others use it as an integral part of their sound.

    I had one for a long time, and ran it just tight enough to smooth out the peaks a little but even more for sustain.

    I find now though, I don't typically like them.

    I borrowed a friends Dynacomp a while back - plugged it up and played with it and said "yep, sounds like a Dynacomp". But I couldn't play with that thing on all the time.

    So I'd say the answer varies depending on what you want to use it for - and then that may also determine which is the best for you.

    But I'm of the "you can get by without it" camp if you're going for the minimalist pedalboard.

    What I would put above the compressor is a good wah!


    Steve
     
  9. Lucidology

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    Well ... to answer this question I will give very loud presumptious YES, ...
    IMO, a compressor is a musical panacea

    I know I would most likely enjoy listening to your playing even more,
    if you used a compressor ... even would predict that you might play better ..
    In fact ... I might even tell all of you that ....:)

    (so there ya go.. ya asked for it ..)
     
  10. Oddos

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    You don`t need one. I only use mine for very special occasions. Though my sound is often a little compressed, through pushing the amp just a little bit with some sort of boost or od.
     
  11. Mondoslug

    Mondoslug Supporting Member

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    I'd probably tell ya to turn off the comp.

    Luv ya man!:)
     
  12. MoPho

    MoPho International Man of Leisure Silver Supporting Member

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    If you primarily play clean, the AM bi-comp suggestion is a good one. For primarily dirtier stuff, Barber Tone Press. Both add some good voodoo if you feel you need it. Try one out with your gear before you buy it though.
     
  13. ianb

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    Ha die Joost!

    Barber Tone Press!

    Great for cleans, it also can push your OCD and FD2 to sing more with less overdrive if you like. I love the blend knob for adding as much or little compression to your unaffected signal as desired, but can also do a clean boost, and records really well. Highly recommended.

    I still would have liked to buy that great-sounding Juber of yours....

    Ian
     
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  14. Joost Assink

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    Hi Ian
    Leuk weer van je te horen! Hoe is de verbouwing? En die juber had je niet willen kopen voor het bedrag dat me aangeboden werd :)

    Ok so the opinions are divided. I want to get my pedal board sorted out so I don't have to keep modding. Hey I can dream can't I? Seems like it would be safe to get one.
     
  15. JPF

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    Yes, but I'd suggest you don't fall in the trap of leaving it on all the time. It's an effect, but it sure punches things up at times.. ;)
     
  16. Joost Assink

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    Thanks everyone. I've decided to go with the Barber tone press. Great tip Ian. I never got the hang of attack and release times especially a one size fits all
     

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