HBE RetroComp vs Pedalworx McSqueeze?????

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  1. fast ricky love

    fast ricky love Supporting Member

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    I've got a HBE, nice compressor. But I find as I raise the level, it adds brightness and the tone gets thinner... so to get the right tone, I need to keep the level at @ 10:30. At that level it is slightly lower than unity, so the sustain/feedback isn't quite what I want. I love the clips on the McSqueeze site, anyone compare these two? Suggestions???? Thanks!
     
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    have you tried email Joel?

    it might be someting as simple as changing the volume/level pot to a different value.

    i'm in the market for a power screamer and i've been hanging around on the HBE forum reading stuff. i'm sure you could get in touch with the builder within a day or so. they answer emails faithfully, (i know because i emailed him with some Q's). unlike some guys, he is unbelievably nice and will almost certainly have a suggestion or will do a mod for you.
     
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    I have an HBE CPR,and haven't noticed those type problems with mine. I'd email Joel...his responses are quick, and HBE Customer Service is second to none!
     
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    flume Gold Supporting Member

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    I have both of those pedals and love each for different reasons...yes, I've noticed the thinning of the HBE at higher settings and never struck me as a defect, just the nature of the voicing of that compression.

    I got the McSqueeze when I became interested in bringing thicker midrange back into my tone and wanted to hear different things-and had started using a Tele. It delivered what I wanted and then some.

    Short answer - I think you need both pedals. :) I have no regrets about more crayons in the crayonbox!
     
  5. Don Rusk

    Don Rusk Gold Supporting Member

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    YEah they are prety diferent comps...... the HBE is likely bassed on the MXR/Ross like t he Keeley/Analogman versions...


    the McSqueese is based on the Orange Squeezer which is more of a booster limiter (not as squishy)

    yeah they both have thier places.......:cool:
     
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    I'll probably give it a whirl then... Does the McSqueeze take off a lot of top end though?
     
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    Nope. It's one of the better compressors on the market in that respect.

    As far as I know Bob hasn't made any McSqueeze pedals in a while, but the same circuit (with more flexability) is available in the Squeeze Factor, which is also made by Bob.
     
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    Really? I just checked it out, it's cheaper too. Is it truly the same deal, made by Bob, if so I'll order one...
     
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    Yep. Same exact circuit. The only difference is that the toggle was replaced with the blend knob. So instead of two extreme settings (fully compressed/clean boost) you have all of the in between sounds that weren't available on the first version.
     
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