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How important is gain reduction meter on comp to you?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bobicidal, Feb 13, 2014.


  1. bobicidal

    bobicidal Supporting Member

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    Hi all,

    Maybe a dumb question but it seems that is all I post:

    Is a gain reduction meter on a compressor important only to guys like me (who apparently, if you read comments from people here) have poor/damaged hearing? Because I am convinced my next comp must have one and it is limiting my purchase options, particularly when trying to avoid a large rack unit. I think it would also be nice to see on a meter when it is helping "sustain".

    Thoughts? Discussed to death somewhere already?

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    it's nice to have one, but it's not that important to me, especially in pedal form, since I just adjust my compressors by ear and feel.
     
  3. bobicidal

    bobicidal Supporting Member

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    Yeah I convinced myself today I don't need it after pulling out an old rack mount presonus and listening with my ears. I gotta say the 160 comp model in the Boss GT10B is not too shabby so i think I am over the comp gas!
     
  4. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Zero important on a petal.
     
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  6. Swift713

    Swift713

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    I liked the LED on the Maxon that lit when the threshold was crossed but now I'm doing fine with no such indication on the Zoom B3 compressor models. The ears are the final judge.
     
  7. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    I find it VERY helpful, maybe I don't have the ear that some others do. But I've used both the MXR and Empress and their metering capabilities are a huge help dialing in what I want.
     

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