Dbx compressor/gate

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  1. Witcheschair

    Witcheschair SS.org Regular

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    I got one of the dbx compressor/gate rack units for my set up.
    But I cannot hear much of a difference when I do not use it.
    What am I doing wrong, other than being a noob with it.

    I run it with a noise suppressor - tuner - peavey 6505+
     
  2. Rook

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    What are you trying to do with it...?
     
  3. Witcheschair

    Witcheschair SS.org Regular

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    well just clean up the sound a bit, and it give it a little bit more punch and kick, if ya knowhatimean?
     
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    With my 6505+ I run an ISP Decimator G-String with plans to try a Keely 4 Knob compressor and an overdrive pedal. Try running it without the noise suppressor and see if that makes a difference.
     
  5. Witcheschair

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    I will give it a try, thanks
     
  6. Rook

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    You'd get the things you describe with a boost or something, compression is designed to lessen attack and even a the volume of a transient (for example) out along its length. A transient is the response of something to a short, sudden jolt (the pop when you turn electricals on, the sound of a drum when you hit it) and is basically an exponentially decaying sinusoid or similar.

    As input level increases the gain level decreases, and a lot of the bite and punch and attack you want comes from how quickly systems react to changes and a compressor slows that down, consequently, they also act as a low pass filter so you lose a little bit of edge too. The reason your dbx has a compressor is because it will hold the signal you're putting into it inside the threshold level of the gate for longer and make the gate open and close more naturally so you can use harder gate settings. This can be effective in small doses, but you have to be careful not to overdo the compression up front. In the loop it's less of a big deal because the post-gain signal is already pretty compressed.

    If you're using it for the gate, set the gate how you want it and just use the compressor to make the gate stop twitching as it closes or stalling as it opens. Try a boost for your attack and punch problems.
     
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    I read somewhere that the dbx wasn't really suited for guitar.

    I tried the same thing for shits and giggles...didn't change much in the end.
     
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    ^its better as a gate with a bit of compression to help it along than a really musical sounding compressor.

    The gates are excellent, absolutely top shelf.
     

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