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Impressions on Compression

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  1. DaveTone

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    I find the need for compression more on my lighter guitars and I get the sustain factor of guitars like LPs, etc, but I find myself changing the settings so often when changing guitars, I get funked up as I dont document any settings (which Im sure I should).

    What do you use for compression and how? I apologize for the broad nature of the question. I may not be asking it correctly.
     
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  2. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I used to use it in the 70s and 80s. Once I started using 50's tweed circuit amps I didn't need it anymore. :D
     
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    I pretty much use the yummy natural compression of my tube amp, but I have a tiny HoTone KOMP on my pedal board for that squishy effect sometimes.
     
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    I'm afraid I can't help I mostly just plug straight into my amp. Somtimes I use my east river drive with my tc mojo and get alot of sustain that way.
     
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    Yeah I do not use a compressor either. One because it kills my playing dynamics and two because with my 5e3 I have no need for it, the amp will begin to compress in a natural way once you turn it up.
     
  6. Wrighty

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    I’m with you. Couple of guys told me I just have to have it. ‘Set it and forget it’ they said. Yeah, right, takes me ages to get a sound that noticeably changed but not over the top. Then I swap guitar, pick or underpants and it all goes out the window. Not sure I’ll persevere. Depends what tge good folks here can advise.
     
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    The secret is compressor before underpants.
     
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    70's/early 80's Maxon CP-101 and Ibanez CP-835, very mildly set, just to colour my (single coils, rarely with P90's, don't have 'buckers') tone.
     
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    My hearing isn't the best any longer. I use a Janglebox when I want a little some jangle on the top end with a tweed amp. To me it's like having a switchable Blackface sound with my tweeds.
     
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    I've got a 2-knob really simple optical compressor. It was a tagboard layout. I run it at 2 o'clock - 9 o'clock into my Orange Tiny/Holy Terror Clone. If I'm playing a Strat or Telecaster, it's on. If I'm playing humbuckers or P90's it's off. It's that simple. On/Off, 2 o'clock - 9 o'clock.
     
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    I bought a compression/sustainer pedal because people said I could use one. I don't use it and I don't understand what it does or why I have it.

    Anyone want a pedal?
     
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    I seldom use a compressor.. I don't want my attack on some strings to be changed and found that doing fade outs harder when they are on. I guess if you have a inconsistent picking style it could help
     
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    Blast, that’s why!
     
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    I sometimes use it when I am drastically overplaying a part and don't want it way out in front of the mix. It certainly is an effect that can easily be overused. Season to taste, friends.
     
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    We all have one of those. ;)
     
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    It’s the rapid decompression that leads to the problem
     
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    Mine is on constantly, clean or dirt.
     
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