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Old 01-27-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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Compressor advice

I'm looking for a new Compressor to add some life, thickness and sustain to my tone. In the past I've had a lot of issues with noise on the Compressor, leading me to having to buy a Decimator too. What would be a good Compressor that doesn't produce much noise and doesn't break the bank. The Dyna Comp seems to be mentioned a lot and I was also looking at the Seymour Duncan Double Back as well as the EHX Black Finger and the Vox Cooltron Compressor but honestly, I'm really open to suggestions.

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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What a coincidence, I was just reading about that one! It sounded interesting and clearly some people like it but one of the reviews I read pointed to a great deal of noise:

"You can achieve a tremendous amount of sustain by turning the Sustain knob up, but that comes with a tremendous amount of noise on the note decay"

Another one that's come up in my research is the DOD FX-80b
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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Compressors all get noisy when you turn the sustain way up. I wouldn't let that review scare you off.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:52 PM   #5
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As long as it's not excessive it should be OK, I just don't want to end up having to kill it with a noise gate! Anyway, so far in my research, the following seem to stand out as very good compressors for limited money and not excessively noisy:

Black Finger
Tone Press
Dyna Comp
Super Comp
CS-3
DOD FX80
Seymour Duncan Double Back

Would any of these stand out as a 'best buy'?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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What a coincidence, I was just reading about that one! It sounded interesting and clearly some people like it but one of the reviews I read pointed to a great deal of noise:

"You can achieve a tremendous amount of sustain by turning the Sustain knob up, but that comes with a tremendous amount of noise on the note decay"

Another one that's come up in my research is the DOD FX-80b

Yeah they compress the noise too, so there's going to be noise with a compressor it's just the way they function and there's no real way around it
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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if you're looking at the MXR compressors, check out their Custom Comp and the Bass Compressor. The Custom Comp is like a your standard Dynacomp, but it has internal trimpots to adjust the attack speed and roll off the highs. I've found that tone trim pot helps reduce some of the sizzly/deep fryer sounds you tend to get when you stop playing.

The Bass Compressor is a studio grade compressor stuffed into a pedal. It has attack, release, ratio and input/output level controls. If you really want to tailor your compressed sound, it's definitely worth a look.

The Jacques Fat Burner is a great compressor that doesn't get much attention. It's got a ton of output if you like using your compressor for a little squash, but mostly as an overdrive/boost.

However, if you're looking for a compressor for leaving on all the time, the Aphex Punch factory is a good way to go. It's an optical compressor, so it's a bit less overbearing than some of the IC based (Ross/Dynacomp style) compressors.
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Do you want something subtle, or something really blatant?

For the former, I'm a big fan of the Wampler Ego.

For the latter, Boss CS-3 all the way. It's very over the top and I love mine for that. I get literally endless sustain with it.
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I want something that will give me a bit of thick 'chug' on the heaviest songs we play and give me plenty of sustain (think Gary Moore for this) but without having excessive noise to deal with. I also want something with plenty headroom so that I can have it engaged for a whole song and it will still take a good boost for solos.
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Are you already using an OD to boost your amp?
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if you're looking at the MXR compressors, check out their Custom Comp and the Bass Compressor. The Custom Comp is like a your standard Dynacomp, but it has internal trimpots to adjust the attack speed and roll off the highs. I've found that tone trim pot helps reduce some of the sizzly/deep fryer sounds you tend to get when you stop playing.

The Bass Compressor is a studio grade compressor stuffed into a pedal. It has attack, release, ratio and input/output level controls. If you really want to tailor your compressed sound, it's definitely worth a look.

The Jacques Fat Burner is a great compressor that doesn't get much attention. It's got a ton of output if you like using your compressor for a little squash, but mostly as an overdrive/boost.

However, if you're looking for a compressor for leaving on all the time, the Aphex Punch factory is a good way to go. It's an optical compressor, so it's a bit less overbearing than some of the IC based (Ross/Dynacomp style) compressors.



The Custom Comp also uses the fabled NOS "metal can" IC's found in vintage Dynacomps. Not to mention all metal film resistors and other slightly better parts. Mine's quiet as a mouse.

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