Bluesblitz
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#1
Hey everybody, I'm about to jump on getting an MXR dyna-comp since I've been needing a compressor for a while. The thing is, I really like having a lot of percussive attack with the other compressors I've played, so will the dyna-comp suffice with 1 sensitivity knob, or does it not generate a lot of percussiveness?
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Quote by Bluesblitz
Hey everybody, I'm about to jump on getting an MXR dyna-comp since I've been needing a compressor for a while. The thing is, I really like having a lot of percussive attack with the other compressors I've played, so will the dyna-comp suffice with 1 sensitivity knob, or does it not generate a lot of percussiveness?


that is completely subjective. afaik compression will actually squash your signal, make the attack stand out less. the 'attack' parameter of a compressor should dictate how quickly compression kicks in, so if you want attack to stand out then you'll want to be able to control the 'attack' parameter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_range_compression
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#3
Get a Diamond Compressor. Way better than the Dyna Comp.
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Keep your receipt.If you don't mind excessive noise in exchange for subtle effect,you need one.
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Quote by gumbilicious
that is completely subjective. afaik compression will actually squash your signal, make the attack stand out less. the 'attack' parameter of a compressor should dictate how quickly compression kicks in, so if you want attack to stand out then you'll want to be able to control the 'attack' parameter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_range_compression

This.

Saving everyone my typical rant about most guitar pedal compressors being dumbed-down and not very controllable, I would never buy (or willingly use) a compressor with no attack control. At the very least, a good compressor will allow you to tweak the attack, ratio and threshold (sometimes named differently/achieved in a different way). Release is less-important in some ways, though if I was engineering I'd want the 4 main controls (the first three plus Release).
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gumbilicious
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#6
^ i have gotten spoiled by my rack channel strip. i don't see how people use compressors without all the controls. but guitar compressors are pretty dumbed down in that respect, the 'attack' will have a fixed value usually... but i don't trust preferences.
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#7
Yeah, if I was to build my ultimate rack and allow for total overkill I'd probably use an EL8 Distressor as a comp. Then again, that would be the sound engineering side of me that encouraged it, as I'd love one for general studio stuff let alone as part of a guitar live rig!
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#8
yeah, i think once you get used to dialing in a comp there is no going back
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#9
Definitely! In my case, I never bothered with compressors as a guitarist when younger, and when I learnt about hardware compressors at uni (while studying sound engineering, obv. hehe), I was immediately introduced to the typical studio compressor which has such controls.

Then when I saw the guitar pedals I'd dismissed in the past as unnecessary anyway, I couldn't help but feel they were slight misleading guitarists and giving them less options to keep things simple as though all guitarists are inherently stupid!
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Definitely! In my case, I never bothered with compressors as a guitarist when younger, and when I learnt about hardware compressors at uni (while studying sound engineering, obv. hehe), I was immediately introduced to the typical studio compressor which has such controls.

Then when I saw the guitar pedals I'd dismissed in the past as unnecessary anyway, I couldn't help but feel they were slight misleading guitarists and giving them less options to keep things simple as though all guitarists are inherently stupid!


i used to always nay-say guitar comp pedals. electric guitar signals are naturally compressed anyway, so i preached proper leveling for electric guitar.

once i got a proper rack comp the world of compression changed for me. i had an epiphany moment. never went to uni for it though, just bough a channel strip and decided to figure out how to use the compressor with all these extra parameters.

compressors and limiters have almost completely changed how approach recording now though. second only to parametric eq. need to learn to use reverb better now.
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#11
Compressors are to recording like master volume is to amps.
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#12
Well, feel free to head to the Recordings forum (mainly our chat thread) if you ever wanna explore more about those things

But yeah, I think that a lot of guitarists would greatly benefit learning what we often do, as audio engineers, to correct and enhance what the stereotypical guitarist 'gives us' both in the studio and as a live FOH guy!

Regarding EQ, I think without a decent graphic EQ, guitarists should be a lot more careful with the 'Low' tone control on amps... far too many think they're gaining a lot of thickness by cranking it, when all they're doing is creating boomy rumble from the cab whenever they palm mute. Midrange is the most important tone control on amps and typically the one I set highest. And in most modern mixes, the guitars are high-pass filtered at like 125Hz or higher anyway, to avoid clashing with the bass, so I would recommend guitarists to care more about the mids and highs (enough for definition... not too much to be shrill or fizzy), if they actually wanna get heard on-stage.

As for reverb, the key to understanding reverb is very similar to compression actually - understanding the pre-delay (or Attack, for comps) and the sustain, and the decay, as well as the level in the mix. There's also different types of reverb, but they're a bit more obvious (i.e spring reverbs have a very boingy or 'bouncey' sound for obvious reasons, plate reverbs tend to be less bright and have a slower, swelling sound, and digital reverbs can be almost anything hehe).
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