Where do you place your compressor?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Paul Anderberg, May 30, 2015.

Where do you place your compressor?

  1. Before Dirt

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  2. After Dirt

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  1. Paul Anderberg

    Paul Anderberg Member

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    Alright, I'm curious to see what most people are doing with their compressors. I use to use mine before dirt but I've recently started using it afterwards and I like it WAY better. What about you guys??
     
  2. cbm

    cbm Silver Supporting Member

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    I have one after some fuzzes and an OD, but before some other fuzzes/OD. Best of both worlds.
     
  3. Stratobuc

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    Wah -> tuner -> compressor -> everything else.

    Placing your compressor after distortion will always raise the noise floor, which is undesirable in my application.
     
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    I'm down with OP. Never really liked compression until I discovered it post-dirt.

    There are numerous existing threads already on this very subject, and it seems to reoccur every 3-4 weeks, so I would direct you to the "Search" window in the upper right corner of this page.
     
  5. Sociophile

    Sociophile "Ignore" Button Aficionado Silver Supporting Member

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    I just discovered the YellowSquash Ironfist, which is a transparent compressor/sustainer and noise gate in a single small enclosure. With the addition of a noise gate I finally overcame the increased noise floor from putting the compressor after dirt.

    I definitely prefer comp after dirt now, as my picking dynamics are maintained running into the OD and distortion pedals, which is why I am paying so much for them in the first place!

    Not affiliated, but I recommend the Ironfist. There's a review up on Gilmourish now.

    http://www.gilmourish.com/?p=6698
     
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    SP Comp, first in chain, always on.
     
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    Same chain here...It can screw with OD's post in my case. It absolutely makes my Velvet Fuzz sound soo much better Pre than Post.
     
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    Fuzz & wah > compressor > Q-tron > dirt & phaser (reversible) > Octave > all time based mod
    I put the comp before the Q-tron to tame the peaks
    I'd like to put a limiter after the flanger for when it goes crazy, but nobody seems to make limiters anymore
    Might have to pick up an old Boss Limiter
     
  9. Stratobuc

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    I've always had the best results of stacking effects from lower to highest gain when using dynamics based processors.
     
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    Mine goes before dirt. The only pedal in front of my comp is my tuner.
     
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    After several compressors, I've settled on a MP PGC. A great unit, and the quietest comp I've ever used, but still not noise-free.
    Positioning a compressor after dirt will introduce unwanted and unnecessary noise into my signal, and I already have more of that than I want, due to my fat-fingered pick 'technique'.
     
  12. Bee Thomas

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    When I was using single channel amps, I placed the compressor first in chain before dirt. I use the comp for a little sustain and a little volume boost so it doubles for a lead sustainer and a clean booster.
    Since I changed to two channel amps, I found the best place for me was to put it first in the effects loop chain. That way I can boost the signal after the preamp/gain stage and not drive the amp harder, but actually boost the main volume.
    I use an SP Comp set to low with the blend at noon and the volume at 2oclock, but I am looking hard at the Ironfist sustainer because the gate would be very helpful in the fx loop.
    Thanks for the tip, sociophile!!
     
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