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Compressor??? How? Where?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Oct 23, 2002.

  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    hey all,

    i'm trying to help a friend "install" a compressor into his rig, but honestly, i have no idea where and how to insert it into his rig, cause i dont use nothin' but my pre and power amp. he's using an HBP-1 and Peavey DPC power amp.

    he's got an RNC compressor, the little box. help?
  2. zoran


    May 10, 2002
    i put my dbx: preamp-compressor-amp-cabinet
  3. submelodic


    Feb 7, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    I'd put it in the effects loop.
  4. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    mine goes first like this:
    bass-> comp.->PB1>Carver->410---> KABOOM!!!
    sorry, I couldn't help myself
  5. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    Hey, Joker, are you sure that "friend" isn't you...?

  6. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    hehe... good try Lar, but i actually turned him onto DPC's and Demeter's! just spreadin' the good news... ;)
  7. I put mine in the effects loop also.
  8. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    thx for all the suggestions guys,

    but how in the world do i use this thing?!?! my bud's a little all over the place with his dynamics, so we thought an RNC compressor would help things.

    i've never touched a compressor before, so its a little alien to the both of us. what does each knob do? and how do we get a smooth even dynamic feel?

  9. I agree, When you put the compressor right after the bass you are limiting the signal before it hits any input stage of the amp. If you put it into the effects loop, input spikes are still hitting the pre-amp before getting to the compessor.
  10. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    Here's how I'm remembering it, in layman's terms:

    Threshold - how soon for the compression to kick in - on a note hit softly to a note hit hard. If you play with a very heavy attack and only want the hardest hit notes squashed, you'll want your threshold higher. If you want all of them compressed, lower

    Ratio - how much you actually want it compressed, usually expressed as a ratio.

    Attack - how quickly the compression kicks in one the threshold is reached.

    Release - how fast the compression released the note being squashed

    Gain - It is an active animal and therefore you can dial up a bit of boost.

    I don't make any claim that this is absolutely exact or anything, just very close.
    I take it you don't have tha manual?
    My Boss CL-50 manual gives a good explaination but I don't have it with me.

    HTH, K
  11. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    thx Kfrog.

    one question, the more the "ratio", the more the squashed signal right? just makin' sure.
  12. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA


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