#1
Hey,
I've come somewhat out of tune with guitar gear, and I need advice for a compressor.
I have a Washburn x50 Pro FE (EMG pickups) and a Blackstar HT-5. No effects are used.
I want a compressor, as tapping sounds really weak, even on full volume.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
#3
Quote by WtrPlyr
Budget?
Want to go used?

Used is fine. I guess no more than £100 unless needed.
#5
Quote by WtrPlyr
Used Barber Tone Press
Used Retro-Sonic Compressor
Used Diamond Compressor
Maybe a used Keeley 2-knob if you can find one.

Thanks for the input. Are any better than the others?
Cheers.
#6
the tone press got a lot of love in my recent compressor thread. haven't grabbed one yet.

the keeley got a lot of hate for being so expensive. nevertheless, i have one on the way.

i grabbed a cheap $50 used Visual Sounds Comp 66, so far i don't hate it. been messing with it for 2 days.

i also have a mxr compressor coming, never played that one so no idea yet.
#7
Do you think a compressor will help?
Tapping sounds fine on my Squire Strat/Fender Bullet amp, but I don't use them.
It sounds really quiet on my amp, which is on full volume/gain. I can upload sounds if people want.
#8
Sounds like your technique is lacking. A compressor is going to squash your signal and reduce dynamics. Softer things will sound louder and louder things will sound softer, but if the technique isn't quite there a compressor isn't going to fix it. The HT-5 has plenty of gain on tap even without an OD in front of it.
#9
Quote by Guitarmiester
Sounds like your technique is lacking. A compressor is going to squash your signal and reduce dynamics. Softer things will sound louder and louder things will sound softer, but if the technique isn't quite there a compressor isn't going to fix it. The HT-5 has plenty of gain on tap even without an OD in front of it.

I'm not sure whether it is my technique. It sounds fine on my other gear, even with less gain. It could very well be the guitar.
#11
Quote by jacobparker
Do you think a compressor will help?
Tapping sounds fine on my Squire Strat/Fender Bullet amp, but I don't use them.
It sounds really quiet on my amp, which is on full volume/gain. I can upload sounds if people want.

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I used a Diamond Compressor for a music performance for school a couple of nights ago and it worked great for two handed tapping.
#12
Barge concepts RC3
http://www.bargeconcepts.com/rc1.html

It's on sale for $125 right now. I like that it has a detented pot for the decay speed so you can mess with the settings, or you can easily put it back into the stock Ross setting. They are comparable to Keeley compressors in quality and tone but they're much cheaper. It's worth checking out.
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Lolz that guy is a noob.

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#13
I have a Maxon CP101 and I like it a lot because it's very transparent.

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#15
I love my HBE compressor retro.......killer ross clone.....if money is tight the mxr super comp is pretty good...
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#16
I have more news on the tapping. I tried it on my friend's Marshal MG, and it was clear (for an MG :P). I used it with my Washburn guitar, so it must be my amp.
#17
i would scratch the tone press off your list. its great for cleans but overdriven sounds all it will do is slightly lower the volume and add noise. i had one for 4 years.

id say first step to more pronounced tapping is back off the gain.
#18
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the tone press got a lot of love in my recent compressor thread. haven't grabbed one yet.

the keeley got a lot of hate for being so expensive. nevertheless, i have one on the way.

i grabbed a cheap $50 used Visual Sounds Comp 66, so far i don't hate it. been messing with it for 2 days.

i also have a mxr compressor coming, never played that one so no idea yet.

Wh-..... Wha-..... Why the **** are you going to have 3 different compressors????? haha
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#19
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Stretch your budget and get a Philosopher's Tone, and prepare to be blown away.

Nah, heard a lot of horror stories about that one. Clipping inputs, lots of noise.
#20
Quote by simpleben09
Wh-..... Wha-..... Why the **** are you going to have 3 different compressors????? haha

just want to be thorough.

i'm getting them cheap, i'll flip whatever i don't want. it takes a bit to see what works on my amps etc. i like to side by side stuff. i'll never find a store that has the different ones i want in order to try them side by side, with all my shit.

i'll have 4 od pedals again soon, for the same reason.

doesn't everyone do that?

^ I'll check out that barge concepts comp too.
#21
Quote by gregs1020

doesn't everyone do that?
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No.


Anyway TS, I got a Roctron Reaction Compressor because it's true bypass, and it was on sale for like $50 I think. They go for $80 new.

No complaints. It does exactly what I need it to (I got it for almost exactly the same reason as you - tapping). I also use it as a solo boost, so it's a really good piece to have in your chain, imo. Any compressor though, whichever one you decide, they're just really cool tools.
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#22
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No.


Anyway TS, I got a Roctron Reaction Compressor because it's true bypass, and it was on sale for like $50 I think. They go for $80 new.

No complaints. It does exactly what I need it to (I got it for almost exactly the same reason as you - tapping). I also use it as a solo boost, so it's a really good piece to have in your chain, imo. Any compressor though, whichever one you decide, they're just really cool tools.

Yea, I will probably use it for sweeping too. I just wanted some recommendations.
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#23
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doesn't everyone do that?
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To be honest, if I had the money, yeah, i would
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#25
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To be honest, if I had the money, yeah, i would

it's really the only way i can side by side the options i want on my stuff. i'm supposed to get the CP101 today.


TS - also, maybe put up a poll so people can vote on the ones they like?
#26
Quote by gregs1020
it's really the only way i can side by side the options i want on my stuff. i'm supposed to get the CP101 today.


TS - also, maybe put up a poll so people can vote on the ones they like?

I can't add one directly. I could just count votes, though.
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#29
Quote by surface54
i would scratch the tone press off your list. its great for cleans but overdriven sounds all it will do is slightly lower the volume and add noise. i had one for 4 years.

id say first step to more pronounced tapping is back off the gain.


You must be doing it wrong. I loved my barber and only sold it when I realized I was starting to rely on it.

But +1 to practice/technique over new toys. You should be able to tap fine without any kind of compression
#30
Quote by denied
You must be doing it wrong. I loved my barber and only sold it when I realized I was starting to rely on it.

But +1 to practice/technique over new toys. You should be able to tap fine without any kind of compression

Well, I can. It is just a lot quieter when switching from playing with a pick to tapping.
#31
I've just ordered a Diamond Comp from the sole distributor in the UK (based on Penny Lane, Liverpool - GASfactory).

It's over your budget, but I've heard great things about this pedal.

I'm firmly of the opinion that a Compressor is an effect that should only be noticed when it's turned off. I'm not really looking for anything that really DOES too much to my signal if you get me.

For people who want that kind of thing the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone has a lot of features to it. Not used one myself but people who like to fiddle around a lot seem to have fun with this one.

Honestly, I think pushing your budget a bit might be a good idea. Comps are a vital and underrated piece of kit.
#32
This is a great source for info on compressors-

http://www.ovnilab.com/faq.shtml

Compressor reviews is the link all the way down at the bottom.

I am not affiliated with this site at all, I just found it one day and it has great info.
#33
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This is a great source for info on compressors-

http://www.ovnilab.com/faq.shtml

Compressor reviews is the link all the way down at the bottom.

I am not affiliated with this site at all, I just found it one day and it has great info.

Thanks for the link. A lot of reviews though. Any more suggestions on which ones to look at?
#36
stay away from the soul preacher... I used that thing for all of 20 minutes, and returned it. Not so much a compressor as it was a hiss generator. Sounded absolutely horrible. No matter how i set the knobs, whether I used battery of power supply, it sounded like ass.
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#37
might an overdrive be a better idea? I'm inclined to think it would be...

or heck, £100 would buy you the tonerider overdrive and compressor both (though admittedly you could probably get a higher quality single pedal for £100, however the tonerider ones are very nice for the money).
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#38
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As I have probably stated before, you should really look into the Diamond Compressor...

Am doing. Cheers.


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might an overdrive be a better idea?

I have overdrive on my amp.
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