#1
I have my Xotic SP in front of my Boss DA-2 in my chain. Interestingly, when the SP is on, it takes away a lot of the distortion from the DA-2. What's the deal here? Should I change their positioning? I like to play with the SP on always, but when I kick on the DA-2 also, it's noticeably cleaner. THen when i turn off the SP, the DA-2 is back to it's normal grind.
#2
Try swapping positions.
Experimentation can be your friend.

Myself, when I run my compressor, its usually the only pedal (besides my MX10 band) that is on.
I only run the compressor clean.
#3
Have you tried turning up the output on the compressor?

It may be that you're actually using it to lower the input to the distortion pedal, which would result in a cleaner sound (much like rolling off the volume on the guitar will clean up a driven tone).
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#4
^I agree.

When I used to put compressor before the dirt pedal, the distortion would become much gainy, without any change of grind in it. Just boost the volume on your compressor.
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I use a compressor in front of an OD to reduce the touch-sensitivity of the OD, so that the amount of clipping doesn't change so much with varying number of notes played or picking attack. As noted above, it is a question of adjusting the compressor output to drive the OD at the level of clipping you want.
#7
A compressor before the signal makes the distortion more even - you get the same amount of distortion when playing softer and when playing harder.
To solve your problem simply turn up the output gain.

A compressor after the signal makes the volume more even while retaining the distortion more dynamic, and it's really useless in the majority of situation - if you have low gain distortion you probably want dynamics, and if you're playing with a high gain distortion you don't have dynamics anyway.
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#8
Pretty much what has been said already, but just to reinforce:

Compression almost always goes before distortion/overdrive/fuzz pedals.
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Have you tried turning up the output on the compressor?

It may be that you're actually using it to lower the input to the distortion pedal, which would result in a cleaner sound (much like rolling off the volume on the guitar will clean up a driven tone).


yeah

or maybe the compression is set so high that digging in on the guitar is having no effect
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yeah

or maybe the compression is set so high that digging in on the guitar is having no effect


Probably this. But I love the effect this makes tho.
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