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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by scubaduba, May 21, 2018.
Oh that’s a rowdy bunch.
After you do some A/B'ing, try the Cali in front and swap each of the others behind it. Don't forget to report your findings.
Thanks! I didn't want to get too far ahead of myself, but yes, good suggestion! I do have another pedalboard set up for Round B of testing (compressor sandwiches). I think maybe this will sound good:
But first things first. Round A of testing is, just try each of the five on its own.
I would try the Lab first so you can get it boxed up and ready to ship to Ontario sooner.
Whoa. That is quite a collection of awesomeness.
WhhhhoooooooooooWEEEEEEEE! That's a lot of good lookin' compressor meat right there!
That's cool. I bet that is a nice sounding little board there. The only thing better than the TiBox is the DiVision.
Now I have to show mine!
Before I get into compressor testing in earnest, here is a fun and silly detour: In the process of setting levels on my audio interface, I asked myself, "What does each of these compressors sound at maximum compression? Let's push them to the limits and hear their MAX SQUISH!!!"
These clips aren't supposed to sound "good" so please don't cross a compressor off your list, just because it sounds "bad" here. My purpose in doing this was simply, to stress-test the character of each compressor at its "goes to 11" setting. To my ear, the dry signal (the first 30 seconds of the clip) sounds better than any of these compressors, because too much compression is worse than no compression at all. But still, it was a fun experiment!
The order of clips is dry bass into TI Box, no compressor (0:00) then Fairfield Accountant 9 volts (0:28), Origin Cali76 18v (0:55), Broughton Monocomp 24v (1:23), Union Lab 9v (1:50), and Doc Lloyd PDR Vactrol 18v (2:19).
The big surprise was the Doc Lloyd Vactrol. The waveform looks really strange in my DAW. It has huge transients, but only on one side of the waveform. Hitting the Phase button on my DI flips the peaks to the other side. Any of you compressor gurus ever seen a compressor do this before, compress only one side of the waveform? Would a signal like this be potentially harmful to my amp or cabinet, at loud volume?
Anyway I will be posting better-quality sound clips, with more reasonable settings, over the next few days, but I thought some of you would enjoy this fun warmup exercise, the unpleasant sound of 5 different compressors running at torturous MAX SQUISH settings.
Looks like just the attack delay? Since you're playing fingerstyle, all of the strings theoretically start moving in the same direction, which means the waveforms for each note will all start in the same direction.
I follow your logic, but it's shockingly different than the behavior of the other 4 compressors. It just sort of jumps out at me visually, none of the others are so drastically lopsided:
But like I said above, these are intentionally "bad" sound clips, so I'm not too worried. It's just weird and I feel like there should be some electronical explanation, why that circuit is giving such different output than the other two optical compressors.
Might have to do with release times as well? My guess is that the PDR has a longer release time than the others. But yeah, you're never going to actually use the compressors like this.
I recently bought a Keeley compressor pro from someone and am wondering what happens to the attack and release section when Auto mode is engaged? Or rather how is it working to automate and make the adjustments to the signal? Also, Is there a manual for the pedal that goes more in depth than the information that is given on the Keeley website?
According to the manual the Compressor Pro looks at the input signals (like guitar, bass, vocals or drums) and determines the correct attack and release times depending on what you’re playing and what signal levels are being detected. In real world usage, it works too. When in auto mode, you essentially have the Keeley GC-2. Threshold, Ratio, and Gain all function in auto mode just like the GC-2.
Here’s a link to that Bassist/GC-2 manual https://robertkeeley.com/woo/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/GC2BassistManual.pdf
Did you try turning all the compressors on at the same time?
Please report your findings.
Shout-out to Russ at Doc Lloyd for the excellent customer service!
I took down the sound clip temporarily, until the playing field is leveled. Each of these compressors deserves a fair shot at the championship.
What’s the issue with the PDR?
Unclear at this time, and I don't want to speculate on any half-baked theories.
We'll get to the bottom of it, I'm confident!
I have a rane dc24 here is anyone is looking for one
Does anyone know anything about this one? I ordered it anyway but I'm curious if anyone has one.
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