#1
Hi,
I am new at the effects "game". What is meant by a true bypass and why is that so important, because I was looking for a good compressor and some said that it wasn't a true bypass. For instance the MXR - 132 is not a true bypass. When I read reviews people have said that the problem is that it is not a true bypass--please help. Thanks.

Can your recommend a really good compressor/limiter.

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#2
If something is a true bypass, then it has exactly the same sound when it's turned off as you would have without the pedal...
#4
What they said. However, not all buffered bypasses suck. MXR have pretty good bypasses in their pedals.
#5
if you have more than say 3 or 4 pedals then a lot of people would say it's advantageous to have a good buffer (decent quality non-TB) at the start of the chain.

i've never had a problem with signal degradation and atm i'm running 8 pedals. i think only 3 are true bypass.
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#6
I don't know about the 132, but every MXR I've owned has been true bypass. The smartgate, 10 band eq, and carbon copy.
#7
It just means that when a pedal is turned off, the signal goes directly from the input jack, through the switch and to the output jack; it's isolated from the actual circuit completely.

A buffered bypass is a simple piece of circuit that brings the input signal to a certain level. This means that whether the pedal is on or off, the signal stays the same.
This is INSTEAD of true-bypass switching.

Don't go thinking one is better than the other; they both have their place.
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