Spectracomp in a pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by silky smoove, Apr 15, 2014.


  1. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I've always really liked the sound and feel of the Spectracomp in the TC Electronic RH series heads. I've been wanting a different flavor than my current compressor, an MXR M87, and would love to get something with a similar vibe to the Spectracomp circuit. It needs to be powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ (ie 9V, or unregulated 12-16V). Suggestions?
     
  2. AndyLES

    AndyLES

    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    Subscribed....I've been wondering the same thing.
     
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  4. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I'm surprised that TC hasn't put the circuit into a pedal already. Evidently they don't think there's much market for it. I'd buy one yesterday if they were available. It's the last thing I'd reach for in the studio, but for live use I always found it to be really effective.
     
  5. There's a Spectracomp Toneprint for the BG250 amp - does anyone know if that can apply to the pedals?
     
  6. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Anybody else care to weigh in on this?
     
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
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    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Even TC's various rack compressors don't have the exact same function as the Spectracomp, from what I have read.
     
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'll be honest I didn't really notice a difference in the Spectracomp circuit over a conventional compressor. I think FEA labs would be the closest they have a dual band compressor that has separate controls for the low and high bands.
     
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  9. Gazonga

    Gazonga

    Apr 17, 2014
    Australia
    Isn't the EBS MultiComp an option? I LOVE mine.
     
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    Disclosures:
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well there is the question of how many bands the signal is divided into, and how each band is processed. The EBS is two-band, the Spectra is three or four bands (unclear from what TC says). And there are other three-band comps out there, but they may not have the same programmed response as the Spectra.

    TC's discontinued Nova Dynamics pedal has a multi band mode that might be similar.
     
  11. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I've tried the Nova pedal, and it sounded very different from the Spectracomp.

    The dual band FEA has been on my radar for a while. I'll probably end up going that route.
     
  12. mouthmw

    mouthmw

    Jul 19, 2009
    Croatia
  13. chumbo73

    chumbo73

    Nov 8, 2012
    What is that only knob? Why so few controls?
     
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  14. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    Montana
  15. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    Do you know about TC Electronics TonePrint app? You use a smartphone to beam a new preset, that can be selected on your phone and edited on your computer, to the pedal. They're usually very intuitive.
     
  16. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    Montana
    So it easy to use, but a lot is done. Watch the vid for the explanation. If you want to tweak it you can always use the Tone Editor.
     
  17. Nunovsky

    Nunovsky

    Sep 4, 2004
    Portugal
  18. ga_edwards

    ga_edwards

    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Becuase it's the same control as the spectracomp compressor built into their amps.
     
  19. ga_edwards

    ga_edwards

    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    All we need now is a TC Tubetone pedal, then you can get all the tones of their amps without having one of their amps.
     
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  20. placedesjardins

    placedesjardins

    May 7, 2012
    Hmm, I saw this today in an e-mail from tc electronic.

    I like the Spectra Comp effect in my BH250. Not surprised they have put it into a pedal, but wondering why they didn't do it sooner.