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So I went into a pawn shop chasing a noise gate for my effects loop (I have one at the front, but my amp is still quite noisy, so I wanted to try having one in the loop as well), and while they didn't have a pedal, the guy showed me a rack mount compressor/limiter module.

I've really got into rack gear since I discovered the Laney IRT-Studio (my current amp), and since becoming aware of compressor units, I really like the idea of having one unit bolted up rather than several pedals in a shelf or on the floor, taking up floor space in my bedroom.

What I really want to know is, are the gates in compressor/limiter units as effective as a dedicated pedal, and are there any pros or cons towards one device over the other?

I've had a look on Thomann, and one unit that strikes my fancy is the Samson S-Com 4, as I also play a bit of bass, and the extra two channels could well come in handy for noise gating my bass amp if needed.

http://www.thomann.de/intl/samson_s-com_4.htm
http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/processors/s-class/scom4/

I'm thinking about using a channel at the front and a channel in the loop (and the same if I were putting the thing on a bass amp), would that work out alright?

If you guys have any ideas for better or other decent budget rack mount compressors (ideally four-channel and obviously with gate functions), or a convincing argument to just have two gate pedals, throw them at me!

Thanks

EDIT: just came across DBX units, specifically the 166XS and 266XS. The 1074 looks handy, but costs WAY more than either of the first two new (so maybe I can find one used), any opinions on the DBX units?
Last edited by staceap at May 5, 2014,
#3
Only pedals I like are the Carl Martin and Wampler compressors, and even that's kinda pushing it. I feel like there's just too much going on in a compressor to fit into a pedal for a proper sound.

Alesis 3630 is my current favorite, sounds great. Just $100 too. Could you use two 3630s if you needed the four channels? Apologies if it sounds stupid or can't be done or something. I'm still learning how to use rackmounted stuff that isn't an AxeFx with a power amp, and even with those things I barely know what I'm doing.
I'm always screwing with my rig. Muh chilluns:
Warmoth NRFR strat JB/Jazz
Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic, Diezel 2x12
Turbo tuner, J Cantrell wah, Alesis 3630
Green Rhino, Wampler Velvet, Strymon ElCap/Lex, Phase 45
Last edited by Guy_Mitchell at May 6, 2014,
#4
Quote by staceap
What I really want to know is, are the gates in compressor/limiter units as effective as a dedicated pedal, and are there any pros or cons towards one device over the other?
The ones in pedals usually sound worse, and half of the controls are missing while the names of the other ones are made up.
Quote by staceap
I'm thinking about using a channel at the front and a channel in the loop (and the same if I were putting the thing on a bass amp), would that work out alright?
Yeah, but why would you?
I mean there are reasons to do that, but they are fairly rare, so why would you in particular do that?
Quote by staceap
If you guys have any ideas for better or other decent budget rack mount compressors
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Quote by staceap
(ideally four-channel and obviously with gate functions)
Four channels?
What you described is achievable with your everyday stereo compressor/expander.
The 3630 for example.
Quote by staceap
a convincing argument to just have two gate pedals, throw them at me!
**** dbx (cheap but not really good sounding stuff) and **** compressor pedals (see above).
Name's Luca.

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