Compressor Pedal Suggestions

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  1. TeeWX

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    I'm looking for a compressor pedal to use with my clean tone on my 5150 and 5153. I honestly don't know very much about them. If anyone has good recommendations I'd love to hear them.

    I see a lot of $25-40 no name pedals on Amazon. Then everything with a recognizable brand seems to hit $1-200+. What am I missing with the cheaper pedals?
     
  2. lewis

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    best compressor Ive ever owned/used is the Keeley 4knob. They do a 2knob variant too for way less (and the other 2 missing options on the cheaper 2 knob version, are trim pots inside anyway)
    Its so so transparent and just makes everything sound absolutely fantastic.

    runner up would be the Maxon C9Pro+.
     
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    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    My 5153 was my main amp for a long time and I really like using my Xotic SP Compressor with it for cleans :yesway: it looks pretty simple, but the internal dip switches give you a good amount of control, and the blend knob is great for determining how drastic or subtle the compression sounds over your signal. They go used for $80-100, and the tiny footprint is just a nice bonus.
     
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    I see a lot of these tiny pedals have interior switches or pots. Do you find yourself changing it often? What do you keep yours at?
     
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    actually thats a good point. Why doesn't every compressor on the market have a "blend" control?.
     
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    I have mine set with the volume at or just above unity, compression on "LO" and the blend around 2/3 of the way up. Sometimes I put the compression on "MID" and put the blend around noon if I want a more pronounced squish.

    As for the dip switches, I almost never touch them. I actually had to open up the pedal just now to loom at my settings :lol: the manual does a good job of explaining what each one does. In order of 1, 2, 3, 4, I have the switches set as up, down, down, up. This gives me no input pad, no high or low end cut, a medium-slow attack, and a medium-fast release.

    The compressor isn't working terribly hard, just cleaning up some peaks and giving me a bit of life on top of my unprocessed signal. It can act as a totally clean boost or Nashville squash depending on your settings, though.

    I honestly don't know why more compressors don't have blend controls, maybe just "tradition" like most other guitar stuff :lol:
     
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    If you want a compressor with no "sustain" try the Keeley Compressor Pro, it's a DBX-style compressor very similar to that Maxon C9Pro+ lewis mentioned above. I like it better than the Keeley 4-knob for guitar however the 4-knob is based off a Ross compressor circuit. I do not like the added gain the sustain knob introduces on a Dyna-Comp, 4 knobbed Keeley, etc... I am more than happy with the Compressor Pro as I can get the same sounds pumped compressor tones with no added gain or noise when I need them. I have switched compressors around for a long time and have finally landed on this one, it works great for all kinds of cleans, which is where I always use compressors for.
     
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    They also make the cheaper smaller version, the keely gc2 limiter. Its got less knobs and switches, and 1 light for showing comp levels vs the multi led on the pro.
    They are just about the same according to keely, the gc2 is set on hard knee and no switch to change it.

    I got the Gc2 for use with high gain tones as a limiter/smoother.
     
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    Xotic SP for me, its tiny, its subtle, and does the job, its the only compressor I've had that i have kept for more than 2 years and not taken it off my board. Ran at 18V, it has so much headroom and is one killer pedal to have for solos or as i use it, for cleans with some chorus and delay just to make things sound that little bit more massive.
     
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    How does one run it at 18v exactly??
     
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    like everything depends what you want to spend . comps can add allot of noise when poor quality or set up poorly

    I have spent time with a few and the empress comp was by far the best and most flexible . I really regret selling it in a pedal clean out fury .but overkill for you if you just want to try a compressor


    I'd say the xotic is pretty much a no brainer for you . simple and quality sounds at a good price
     
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    I don't have any experience with the expensive compressors mentioned but as far as cheaper compressors go my favorite has been the Marshall ED-1. I set it with the compression knob very low and still I love what it does to clean tones. The "emphasis" knob is also a great feature. I even found the owners manual to be helpful and the suggestions useful. I think I paid 35-40$ for a used one about a year ago.
     
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    I got someone a Mooer Yellow Comp for Christmas. It is highly regarded as an "always on" type of subtle Comp that you really don't notice, but suddenly you notice everything sounds worse when you turn it off. I played wit it some also, and liked it a lot. I might get one for myself. It is a nice pedal that you really don't notice, but somehow everything sounds better with it on.

    Usually the Ross/Dynacomp based pedals have more of a swelling squish to them. You hear and feel them kind of swelling in and out as you play. The Mooer Yellow Comp is an Optical type of comp, so it is more subtle.
     
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    Xotic SP is a great option for a simple one. I've also been really happy with the TC Spectre. Huge range of functionality available with the tone print stuff if you want it, but it also just works well out of the box. It's marketed as a bass compressor, but it works fine for guitar and works particularly well for 7/8-string low tuned stuff.
     
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    Are they actually the same? The 2 knob ones are so much cheaper... might have to jump on that
     
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    yeah as far as I was told, the 2 missing knobs are trim pots inside and that was it. Tonally etc Im led to believe they are identical.
     
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    I just run it at 18V using one of my spare 18V connectors. I saw it on TGP and it works. It just raises the headroom for me. Ive ran it like that for the three years ive had the pedal, i tried the 9V way and it is damnd good, but the 18V just lifts it and makes it sound better for me.

    It was sold with the Xotic Voltage Doubler for a while, and is okay on the Voltage Doubler chart:

    https://xotic.us/effects/voltage-doubler
     
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    I also have an SP Compressor and I gotta say for anyone looking for a compressor, a blend control is an absolute must. With the blend maxed it feels very unnatural to me. Dial back the blend and it levels out your playing much more naturally.
     
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    Just thought I'd bump this thread to let you all know my thoughts on running the SP Compressor at 18v :yesway:

    I got to play around with it a bit this evening and compare between 9v and 18v and while it isn't a drastic difference, I do prefer 18v. I feel like it has better response in the extreme ends of the frequency spectrum and I can push the volume and blend up higher without worrying about any clipping. I still set it up to unity gain, though, which required me to pull the volume knob back slightly from where it was previously. I'll definitely be leaving it at 18v :)
     
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    Just to update. I ended up getting the Xotic SP Compressor per the recommendations here. I love it so far!

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