Is a compressor pedal necessary?

Gillespie1983

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Compressor is not essential for live guitar work. On the negative side, they often increase the noise level and can sound squishy, too. Studios and DAWs have compressor plug-ins that work fine for basic recording.
EQ is a matter of taste and preference. I use a Timmy as the last OD in the chain. The treble and bass cuts are handy, but not essential.
 

jordane93

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......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................no
 

TheKermitC

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As for me a compressor does make a good difference in a subtle way or in an extreme way if you want, but in most cases I guess its not worth spending 250 usd for subtlety..
 

Black_Label

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I've never really thought of myself as a 'compressor guy' and I'm really not a connoisseur. But I realized that I have a comp in both of my rigs that's pretty much always on. Contrary to what other guys are doing, I like an SP Comp in front of my Marshall for live playing. It doesn't seem to add much when I'm playing dirty sounds (LP with vol on 10) but when I roll off my volume to get a clean sound, it adds back in some treble and sparkle so that there isn't this big jump between the dirty and clean tones.
 

Nimbus

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To me, it is a necessity. It's like a mechanic and his tools. You may not always need it, but sometimes it's the only tool for the job. I would never be without one.
At first for me it was one of those pedals that just gathered dust. But when I finally got a good one and gradually figured out how much it could do I would hate to be without one now. The turning point for me was when I plugged into an Origin Effects SlideRig and it was like going from a 6 cylinder to a Hemi playing slide. Now I don't even want to play slide without it. Like most pedals they can either be a total waste of money or a wonderful thing depending on what you use it for.
 

DaveKS

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For achieving certain squishy sounds, yes. Now for use as a dynamics processor that's a purely personal decision.
 




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