Keeley Compressor

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  1. GoodGAS

    GoodGAS Supporting Member

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    Your experience and suggestions please...
    I love my Keeley Compressor but don't like it combined with some of my other effects.
    Currently here's my signal chain:
    Guitar to
    Keeley to
    Clyde Deluxe Wah to
    /13 DynaRanger treble boost to
    Fulltone OCD (or Ibanez TS) to
    Tremelo (or Phase 90) to
    Line 6 DL4 Delay to
    /13 Swithchhazel
    Out to tuner...
    Out to amp...

    Suggestions on changing the order up to improve the use of multiplie effects? Better results with compression somewhere later in the signal chain?

    Muchos Gracias!
     
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    i recently traded mine after many years. It was a case of some days it worked a treat and others it was 'why bother?" - weird.
     
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    After wah before drives for me..
     
  5. Bing James

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    Its best AFTER the overdrives/distortion.
    Just my experience (as well as Keeley's own recommendation).
    Then I put my wah AFTER the Keeley.
     
  6. bandofthieves™

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    I never thought much of Keeley as a guitarist.:D
    From Keeley
    Compressors typically go next although I like them after distortion pedals in many cases if the compressor is clean and transparent enough. Compression after distortion has two effects that I really like. First, the noise floor is lower because the noise from a compressor isn�t being amplified and distorted by the overdrive pedal. Second, there appears to be more sustain. There is one draw back that some people notice and that is a darker, warmer tone. Some folks might prefer a more conventional, brighter tone. Next comes Overdrive or distortion. Equalizer pedals can go next. They are commonly used for a boost pedal if they can be turned on and off, or used to shape the tone of the distortion pedal. Pitch changing pedals, Vibrato for example; go next for the simple reason that many distortion pedals can�t handle the many pitches at one time. Try strumming a complex chord with your distortion pedal on, say a C7#9#11. Modulation effects go next such as chorus and flanging go next. Level pedals that control the volume go next in many cases. This would include tremolo, volume pedals (great at this point in the effects chain because it cuts all the hiss going to your amp), noise gates and limiters. Since compression is a limiter in many cases and this is why it works post-distortion by the way. Echo effects go last. These include delay and reverb. A sample effects board might contain these effects: Guitar -> Wah, Compressor, Overdrive, EQ, Vibrato, Chorus, Tremolo, Volume Pedal, and Delay-> Amp.
     
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    Check Steelbender.com review of Keeley Comp. Great stuff.
     
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    Check out my 5 year old Keeley Comp;)
    [​IMG]
     
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    Check out my 5 year old Keeley Comp;)

    NIce!.......
    No pics but I got the 4 knobber last year. Just love it.
     
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    :AOK
     
  11. btmish

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    I have a 3 knob version.
     
  12. andrewnielson

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    i'm in the same boat....i don't like it with my Landgraffs, but love it with my BOR...
    weird....thinking of getting rid of it actually!
     
  13. GoodGAS

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    :dude Good stuff guys....thanks for your comments/suggestions...
     

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