#1
I play in a punky Dinosaur JR, Eagulls type band. A friend is selling an MXR custom comp and am wondering if I should pick it up...

I want to keep my amp loud and feedy - will the comp take that away? What are the benefits for me? I should probably mention that though I'm quoting Dinosaur JR, we don't have any lead solos, just some small simple lead riffs here and there - mostly power chords.

Let me know thoughts, thanks!
#2
It can't hurt to try it....

The compressor will take away or add what you tell it too though. Set it with a high output, you'll increase your drive, set it low & you'll decrease it.

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I was looking around for a compressor, I loved the dynacomp over a number of other compressors. but the custom comp is not in stock in my country so I would have to wait for about 2 months to try it out :/ everyone says that it is an improvement over the dynacomp and its more transparent.
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You could buy it for fun; but i would think for a band sound like you describe, you would want a more raw dynamic crunch. I think a compressor will smooth and even it out more, and reduce your attack. Thats just my opinion though
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It can't hurt to try it....

The compressor will take away or add what you tell it too though. Set it with a high output, you'll increase your drive, set it low & you'll decrease it.

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What? That's not what a compressor does at all. Sure you can use the output level to add or drop the signal volume, but it's not adding or removing any overdrive.

All a compressor does is reduce the dynamic range. It raises quiet sounds and lowers loud ones so everything comes out at the same volume. Because of this you also get a lot more sustain. It also greatly reduces attack so you can lose some of your note definition especially if you're using distortion.

Personally I think they're great if you're playing a lot of open or spanky sounding clean stuff as well as for any kind of melodic lead playing.
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What? That's not what a compressor does at all. Sure you can use the output level to add or drop the signal volume, but it's not adding or removing any overdrive.

All a compressor does is reduce the dynamic range. It raises quiet sounds and lowers loud ones so everything comes out at the same volume. Because of this you also get a lot more sustain. It also greatly reduces attack so you can lose some of your note definition especially if you're using distortion.

Personally I think they're great if you're playing a lot of open or spanky sounding clean stuff as well as for any kind of melodic lead playing.

This depends how you use it.

If you use it to boost the input heading into your drive pedal/amp, the end result will be more drive than you had without it.
If you use it to lower the input going into your drive pedal/amp, the drive will be cleaned up (much like when you roll off the volume on your guitar).
If you have it set at about the same output level as you have without it, then it just reduces the dynamics as you said.

There's a lot of ways to use a compressor. Personally I use them to boost the input going into my drive pedals so I get more bite - I actually hate using them for clean sounds!!
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i hated the dynacomp. sold it a few days later, for a few bucks more. it wasn't great plus it was noisy as hell.

i am going diamond or the wampler ego, but again i am looking to spend $150+. they do a really good job in comparison. i havne't tried the diamond, but it is extremely well received.

i played the wampler and loved it. the blend knob is cool and really makes a difference.

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some compressors have more "tone" than others. some are known for certain spanks or squish. some that are not as good, may just evel out the highs and lows but not add character. to me thats like all the negative of no dynamics but no benefit to tone.

when i click on my compressor, i am going for a certain tone or dynamic that suits teh music i am playing.
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This depends how you use it.

If you use it to boost the input heading into your drive pedal/amp, the end result will be more drive than you had without it.
If you use it to lower the input going into your drive pedal/amp, the drive will be cleaned up (much like when you roll off the volume on your guitar).
If you have it set at about the same output level as you have without it, then it just reduces the dynamics as you said.

There's a lot of ways to use a compressor. Personally I use them to boost the input going into my drive pedals so I get more bite - I actually hate using them for clean sounds!!


I think more drive might be the wrong choice in words. You'll be pushing the front end of the amp harder with a louder signal, but no compressor I've ever used actually creates an overdriven tone. On amps that are already over driven it'll add saturation and drive, but on a clean amp it'll just be louder.

But it's kind of beside the point. Yes, you can use them to hit the front end of your amp harder, but that's not what they were designed for and they don't do that particular job nearly as well as a clean boost pedal would.
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I think more drive might be the wrong choice in words. You'll be pushing the front end of the amp harder with a louder signal, but no compressor I've ever used actually creates an overdriven tone. On amps that are already over driven it'll add saturation and drive, but on a clean amp it'll just be louder.

Semantics

I was only talking about an amp with drive engaged though to be fair, maybe I should have been more specific with that.

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But it's kind of beside the point. Yes, you can use them to hit the front end of your amp harder, but that's not what they were designed for and they don't do that particular job nearly as well as a clean boost pedal would.

It's far from besides the point - all you've done with comparing them to clean boost is merely express an opinion, mine differs.

FWIW, I use clean boost for the same job as well at different times. Sometimes the compressor works better, sometimes the boost works better.
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