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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Max Roberts, Oct 14, 2006.
What compressor is good for stopping volume spikes from a q-tron?
I've been looking into this, too. So far, I've been tempted to buy an EMMA Transmorgrifier, Aphex Punch Factory or T-Rex Compnova. Good luck.
Come on! Some-one must know of at least one.
I use EBS multicomp for that and it helps a lot.used to own a qtron,excellent filter.but had to let it go due to its size (also an extra adaptor need).Now I am using Ibanez sb7(hoping to get a maxon af9 soon).I really like sb7 as an envelope filter,you can get some wet funky sounds from it,but what I do is,I blend the wet/dry signals via boss ls2 (some where around %70 wet,and %100 dry).this way the volume spikes arent that loud (still have the compressor after LS2 to cool down the volume spikes) and I still have a wet funky sound coming through,and also have the dry sound keeping the bottom end.I tried that with qtron too,and it works the same.there is a mix mode in qtron which I beleive the blend was 50/50,with the help of a compressor you should be able to control the dynamics.Another thing with the envelope filters is (my experience),the settings you have on it,say for example with your practice amp,your giging amp or just going through the PA might not be the same.(even the sound level plays a role),so you may have to adjust the settings,gain,peak etc.
well,any good compressor should help you,EBS multicomp is good,you also have 2 more controls(high/low band adjustments) in it,but there may be other cheap/expensive better compressors out there.Sansamps are good for that too,if I turn the blend up on my PADDI,that acts like a compressor.anyways it is all trial and error,got to try which way you get a good sound I suppose.
hope that helps
+ 1 for the EBS. That is exactly why I am using a compressor: evening out peaks from my Korg G5!
The Aphex is good too but is trickier to set the levels. When you hit the active pad switch, the bypass sound gets padded too.
Sounds like you want a compressor that does limiting well. Also, since you don't mention wanting to change the tone, I will assume tranparent too. I would recommend an RNC 1173 for that application. Set the threshold to about -10 dbU, ratio to 25:1, attack to 0.2 mSec, release to about 200 mSec, and gain at 0. Then adjust threshold to taste.
Sorry but what is a RNC 1173?
That's good to know. I think I'll take that one off of my list. Thanks.
+2 for EBS
+1 for Aphex
I would like to add the Alesis 3630 to the list
Another +1 for the Aphex Punch Factory!
i use a punch factory set pretty low for exactly what you are talking about.i dont really like compression but i like the limiting as i play pretty hard.keeps those spikes in check.i used to have a demeter compulator-also a nice compressor,but i prefered the punch factory.
FMR Audio RNC 1173
Boss LMB-3 Bass Limiter Enhancer. Not only can you set the level at which the limiter kicks in, but you can also adjust the level of compression. It is a great pedal.
Have you checked this out?
Keeley is good with his effects mods. I would assume his pedal is good, but I haven't used one.
Another vote for Aphex Punch Factory.
I got one this year and works great taming my volume peaks in a "musical" way.
I´ve also read good reviews of EBS Multicomp and Demeter Compulator, but I hadn´t tried them.
I use both the Q-Tron and the 3630 Alesis compressor. The trick to using the Q-Tron is knowing how to hit the strings at the right levels and getting what you want out of it. The Q-Tron can be very sensitive to your playing levels. Moreso than some other pedals.
A good comp can help out, but YOU are ultimately the key to making it work right. The QT has it's own release times too and you'll need to set the 2 to not walk over each other. I can tell you, it's a very thin line.......
I picked up a tech21 compactor for next to nothing- it also does the job.
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