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Compressors that warm your tone

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by psi, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    Does any one know of a compressor that is NOT transparent but instead adds warmth to your tone for a vintage sound? I read some where that tube compressors are the best bet. Suggestions?
  2. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    PedalworX Squeeze Factor.

    I did a review here
  3. MrBEAR

    MrBEAR In Memoriam

  4. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    In the compressor review thread there is a post listing all of the tube (or tube-emulating) compressors I know of. Of course tubes are not actually a guarantee of "warm tone". The Ross clones and Squeezer clones (like the Pedalworx and Diamondpedals units mentioned above) are non-tube units famous for warm tone.
  5. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    IMO, ART Levelar is a very nice, and very inexpensive, LA type compressor. It might be the ticket for you, and can be had for as little as $50 if you watch for one.
  6. Mattski


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    +1 on the ART Levelar. I also am currently addicted to my Carl Martin compressor. It's a nice thickening agent once I learned how to use it.

    Others I like: Toadworks Mr. Squishy, EH Black Finger.
  7. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    For $25-40 you can find an old ART Levelar compressor on Ebay. It is a tube compressor mine works pretty nicely.

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