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Volume Booster for Tapping

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Petary791, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    I had a "recital" with everyone that takes lessons with my teacher, and there was quite a few people playing. Most of the songs were either 30 second songs from the Mel Bay books or new Green Day, but I put together an "Instrumedley" (ala Dream Theater.) When I got to the tapping solo in "Metropolis Part I" my volume wasn't as high as I would've liked it to be. I really am opposed to compression, so I don't want to go that route. Would an MXR Micro Amp be good? When i'm about to start tapping, I just hit the Micro Amp and i'm good. What are your thoughts?

  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    This is a job for a compressor. A volume boost won't but make uneven signal peaks more obvious.
    Don't be such a snob. What do you think Myung uses when he plays it ?

    If you don't do it, sound guy will think "what's that crap ?" and compress the hell out of your signal anyway.
  3. Flea666


    Apr 21, 2005
    Lichfield, UK
    Prehaps an eq would be better?

    and alot cheaper
  4. lowmid


    Feb 2, 2005
    listen to what jazz-ad is saying, a compressor is what you need, I've built my own micro-amp type of pedal for boosting my slap work and overdriving my preamp, but it would'nt be nice for tapping beside that you need to be very good at tapping to play whitout a compressor
  5. A compressor is definitely the tool for the job. You don't have to use it all the time, but if you need it when tapping, then use one while tapping.
  6. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Please explain to me how i'm being a snob, sir.

    Alright, I guess i'll attatch my Punch Factory to my board. How high do you think I should keep the gain on it?
  7. lowmid


    Feb 2, 2005
    I (think you should simply try to play and see how it can work so you don't get any volume drops when going from fingertyle to tapping with a sound that stays phat no matter how hard you hit the strings

    useful isn'it it??? sorrry i'm not a fan of compression, neither of tapping so...
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    "I really am opposed to compression" ? :eyebrow:

    How can you be opposed to a tool ? If it sounds better, use it.
    Nobody cares what you use to process your signal.
    If you don't then it's a matter of pride, or snoberry, however you want to call it.
  9. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    This has nothing to do with being a snob. I don't like it because i'm a dynamic player. Chill out, buddy.
  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    "dynamic player", right. I have nothing to add. :smug:
  11. But in this case you're being a little too dynamic, eh?

    I'd squash things as little as possible. Try to set it so that you can't quite tell it's on, but it's helping you sound even.
  12. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA

    Alright i'll give it a try.

    And to the people that I may have offended: I wasn't trying to sound snobby or conceited, I just have found that compressors don't normally work well for me.
  13. I don't think you were at all, don't sweat it man. And I understand what you mean by dynamic playing! Set mildly a compressor can still allow you to keep that touch.

    Perhaps you might want to keep compression for your tapping parts - just kick it in when you need a little help. The benefit of this over a straight boost is that it'll help even out the volume of the individual notes rather than just boosting all of the notes be they loud or soft.

    "Better" is subjective.

    Except for your most important and influential critic, yourself.

    Speaking of snobbery...
  14. I don't think any of us were offended; we though you sounded snobby in a silly way, with an irrational dislike of compression, for the sake of being "dynamic". I'm not trying to be mean or get an apology; I just want you to realize the error of your snobbish ways. :smug: Really, though, I can completely understand not wanting to lose any dynamics, but in this case your dynamics were the problem. Until you learn to be superhumanly even you may need to sacrifice some available range to keep everything in the range you actually want.
  15. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI