ENVELOP FILTER VS COMPRESSOR

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Irem Hernandez, Feb 28, 2018.


  1. Irem Hernandez

    Irem Hernandez

    Feb 19, 2018
    Chicago
    As my pedalboard arsenal keeps growing, I can't help but to ask questions about certain pedals.. What's the main difference of an envelope filter compared to a compressor? I know a compressor compresses your low and high tones to balance the sound flat out...so with that said, a compressor makes your bass sound even and smooth. right? million dollar question, would you use your compressor pedal on at mostly all time to get that even smooth sound throughout your bass playing with other pedals? such as delay and/or fuzz? and also whats the difference of also having an envelope filter? is there really a need for both pedals on one board?
     
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  2. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    I don’t really know how to answer your question but I’ll take a stab at it...to be honest I don’t know what you’re asking, those are two opposite effects. A compressor sets a “floor” and “ceiling” for your signal. It will bring loud notes down and quiet notes up so that they sit within the parameters that you’ve set on your pedal. An envelope filter is an effect for the “auto wah” sound for funk and things along those lines. If you are talking about HPFs and LPFs I guess I can vaguely see the comparison but comparing a straight envelope filter to a compressor is silly. Totally different effects. As far as what’s more useful...depends on your band. A compressor is a tool anyone could get use out of. An envelope filter, not so much. Depends on your band, your style, and your needs. Only you can answer if there’s a reason for both pedals on your board. I have a compressor in my amp and I run it all the time, I like it. It’s not crucial but it’s nice. An envelope filter is much more “effect like” and less of an “always on” tool. I don’t know if this helped you at all but I hope my rant gave you some insight.
     
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  3. Irem Hernandez

    Irem Hernandez

    Feb 19, 2018
    Chicago
    Oh yeah man thank you! this definitely gave me more insight on what would be more useful to me.Thanks again
     
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  4. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    No problem man
     
  5. Irem Hernandez

    Irem Hernandez

    Feb 19, 2018
    Chicago
    let me ask you another question.. where would a compressor go in the pedal chain?

    my chain goes from bass - distortion - wah- chorus - delay-boost - looper - amp...
     
  6. dannybuoy

    dannybuoy

    Aug 3, 2005
    Earth
    It can vary, but definitely before the boost and looper. Some prefer it at the start and some at the end, see what sounds best to you.

    But yeah, totally different effects, one evens out your volume spikes, the other makes your bass go bow-chicka-wow-wow. Nothing alike!
     
  7. crguti

    crguti

    Feb 14, 2011
    Scandinavia
    ^ for me, it goes as early as possible but after frequency effects; e.g. wah, whammy, octaver, envelope, phaser. Frequency effects tend to emphasize peaks of the effect giving them their on character. Compressing after is more effective.
     
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