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Unread 10-13-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Compressor Pedal Recommendations?

Hi all,

So my current setup consists of a Maxon OD808> MXR 135 Smart Gate> through the front of my Triple Rectifier. I play tech death, so I was thinking about adding a compressor to focus my sound and make it punchier. One of my friends recommended Keeley's 4-knob compressor. Any recommendations would be great!


On a side note, I was wondering if I would be better off getting the ISP Decimator pedal to replace my MXR 135 Smart Gate? I hear they are supposed to be good?

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Unread 10-13-2011, 02:05 PM   #2
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4 or 2 knob either are excellent

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also get an ISP if you can
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Has anyone tried the MXR Custom Comp? I've been very curious about that one compared to the Keeley's.

I have the Boss Comp... and yeah, kinda blah.
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Has anyone tried the MXR Custom Comp? I've been very curious about that one compared to the Keeley's.
I would still go keeley because with distortion, an MXR custom comp will make a lot of noise as oppose to a keeley.

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Yep, the Keeley is pretty damn good. And so is the ISP. You might keep the MXR to use with the ISP if you get one for the ultimate in noise stoppage.
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Yep, the Keeley is pretty damn good. And so is the ISP. You might keep the MXR to use with the ISP if you get one for the ultimate in noise stoppage.
I was thinking the same thing!
Periphery used to do this before the days of the axe-fx.
they used it like this:

guitar->compressor->noise gate->overdrive->noise gate->amp

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I was thinking the same thing!
Periphery used to do this before the days of the axe-fx.
they used it like this:

guitar->compressor->noise gate->overdrive->noise gate->amp

And it works very well.
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I was thinking the same thing!
Periphery used to do this before the days of the axe-fx.
they used it like this:

guitar->compressor->noise gate->overdrive->noise gate->amp
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And it works very well.
Thats the setup i have and its just perfection. With mxr od,mxr smart gate, keeleyp comp and isp decimator.

Get an isp and keep the mxr, and now enjoy ultimate silence between chugs!

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I had a pigtronix philsophers tone, amazing compressor and adds tons of sustain, being optical its not as noisy as analog ones
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Yep, the Keeley is pretty damn good. And so is the ISP. You might keep the MXR to use with the ISP if you get one for the ultimate in noise stoppage.
Hah, I guess I'll take that into consideration

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Strymons Optical compressor is quite nice.

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I'd make sure you et an optical compressor rather than a VCA compressor. The latter (voltage controlled amplifier) are very noisy and in a setup like yours will be a nightmare.

Optical compressors include the aforementioned Keeley and the Maxon CP101. I wouldn't bother with the 4 knob Keeley as it's identical to the 2 knob, the 2 knob just has the extra two knobs internally. The Maxon is excellent and a cheaper alternative.

Also, when you get it, put the compressor before the gate and the drive after. I would say a compressor won't add focus necessarily, they're just as prone to cutting highs and attack and boosting low end, detracting from focus, it depends on the situation.
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The trick is not letting it only having 2 knobs (for the comp) fool you I think. I mean Keeley has 4 knobs, so it is like, 2 knobs better, right? RIGHT!?
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The trick is not letting it only having 2 knobs (for the comp) fool you I think. I mean Keeley has 4 knobs, so it is like, 2 knobs better, right? RIGHT!?
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