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M9 Compressors?

tinkercity

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I know there are a bunch of threads on the M9 but I was curious to hear about everyone's experience with the compressor models...

Basically I'm in need of a great compressor and another delay. I was going to do a Wampler Ego Compressor + a DL-4 or something - need additional delay and looping. I then thought I would be spending about the same as I could for a M9, providing the tone was good enough.

So, I know the delays are awesome - but how's the compressor models??? I need something to lightly hold things together without totally squishing up my signal.

Cheers and Merry Merry! :beer
 

alvarete

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If you're considering the DL4 I'd recommend saving up the difference and going for the M9. It's worth the price of admission just for the modulation and delays. I'm not a big fan of the drives in the M9, but I would say the compressors are quite good.
 

stratotastic

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Yeah, I like the red comp. There are enough different comp models on there that you will find something you like.
 

tinkercity

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If you're considering the DL4 I'd recommend saving up the difference and going for the M9. It's worth the price of admission just for the modulation and delays. I'm not a big fan of the drives in the M9, but I would say the compressors are quite good.
That's what got me thinking about the M9 in the first place. I definitely need a compressor and another delay with looping capability to go along with my DD-20. My thought was if the compressors are life like and sound great that I could get the M9.... So, for all of you M9 users would you say the Compressor models sound as good as the real deal? Any "feel" issues etc?

Thanks!
 

alvarete

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The main issue with the drives and, to a lesser extent, the comps on the M9 is that they have little to no dynamics. They don't react as well as the real thing to picking dynamics and volume changes in your guitar. Some people care, some don't. Personally, I didn't buy my M9 for the drives, as I have plenty of dirt, but for the delay and mods. In that sense, the M9 is an absolute slam-dunk.
 

tinkercity

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The main issue with the drives and, to a lesser extent, the comps on the M9 is that they have little to no dynamics. They don't react as well as the real thing to picking dynamics and volume changes in your guitar. Some people care, some don't. Personally, I didn't buy my M9 for the drives, as I have plenty of dirt, but for the delay and mods. In that sense, the M9 is an absolute slam-dunk.
Cool. Thanks for that reply. That was my basic understanding and also a determinating factor in springing for the M9. I need a compressor to be dynamic and could get by with a much cheaper delay unit with looping capability - that said, the M9 is REALLY tempting with all the choices...:thud
 

MrMunky

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Yes the Tube Comp is really nice.
I agree that the tube comp is solid. Few digital multi effects include a suitable replacement for a good guitar-pedal compressor, but the tube comp offers the quick attack and high ratio that get the job done.

I don't find any of the compressor models to closely resemble what they attempt to model. The red comp doesn't sound or respond much like a real vintage Dyna Comp and the Blue Comp doesn't sound or respond like either a CS-2 or CS-1. If you're looking for an exact copy of one of those pedals, you might not find the M9 satisfactory.
 

Pietro

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I find the tube comp great, and I totally disagree that the dynamic FX have no dynamics. You do need to set them a little different than you might the real thing, but they are very use-able.

That said, I run a Keeley with mine, since I have the Keeley and it's excellent, I figure why take up the slot with an inferior (I didn't say bad) compressor.
 

tinkercity

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I agree that the tube comp is solid. Few digital multi effects include a suitable replacement for a good guitar-pedal compressor, but the tube comp offers the quick attack and high ratio that get the job done.

I don't find any of the compressor models to closely resemble what they attempt to model. The red comp doesn't sound or respond much like a real vintage Dyna Comp and the Blue Comp doesn't sound or respond like either a CS-2 or CS-1. If you're looking for an exact copy of one of those pedals, you might not find the M9 satisfactory.
As far as the Tube Comp - is it suitable as a very minimally set compressor? I'm only looking to add a little sustain and level out things a bit, not looking to squash anything or use it as an "effect"
 

Pietro

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As far as the Tube Comp - is it suitable as a very minimally set compressor? I'm only looking to add a little sustain and level out things a bit, not looking to squash anything or use it as an "effect"
Works great that way imho!
 






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