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talk to me about compression

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by eastcoasteddie, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    why do so many use compression?
    I'm a moron and I've never used it. What does it do for sound and why do so many players say "I can't imagine playing without it"?
    The only compression I ever had/used was on one of the first run SWR workingman's 12 combo's. It has a compression/limit knob that I hated using because I didn't like how it held back the big thumps I wanted.
  2. check out Bongomania's signature...he has very thorough explanations/reviews of compressors that no thread here will answer for you. Oh, Bongomania's a username...he posts in this forum a lot...
  3. musicelectronix


    Jul 8, 2007
    Hüstın, TX
    Lead Designer, Zeibek Boutique Pedals
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    All amp onboard compressors suck. First rule of compression. If it's on your amp, it sucks.

    BTW, I'm totally in the don't want compression camp. Liked it for a little while, now I don't. It's certainly not necessary for having a good live sound. It can be a lifesaver in the studio, but it's very much optional.
  5. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    As with many things in life, too much can be horrible.
    Just a touch at a 4:1 ratio will smooth out peaks and make your fabulous bass stylings more equal in volume. Can also make your groove groovier.

    Now that I think about it, I too have never owned an amp woth a good built in compressor although there are many single knob (with volume control) units that work very well
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    When I use it (I go back and forth all the time) I just use a simple, inexpensive BBE Opto Stomp pedal. 2 knobs, easy to use, and doesn't change your tone - to my ears anyway. I do like how it evens things out with my occasional slapping - Peg, Brick House, Jungle Boogie - but am not sure if I really NEED it on all the time.

    A little goes a long way.
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    The bigger question is "if I decide to use compression, how do I do so effectively?"


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