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    Default Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    Where is a good place to put a compressor in the chain...and why?

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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    The compressor is usually second in the guitar pedal chain after wah pedals. Compressors are amplifiers; that means they can increase the content of whatever is before them in the signal path. If they are placed after noisy things like overdrives, they will add even more noise. Plus, a compressor placed before an overdrive can fatten up the distortion by increasing the signal going into the overdrive pedal. Many players use compressors just to compensate for the low output of single coil pickups.


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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    And some are more slow and saggy than others...put it first or after a wahbah as said above!
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    or experiment, and settle where you like it most....Music is ART after all!
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    i have a ross clone that i built and its actually the last thing in my chain, mostly because i like the way it sounds there and it really isnt too noisy at all and partly because i havent replaced the volume pedal that i broke ages ago, lol

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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    It varies on use. If you want a "steady" signal hitting the disotortion pedal use it before. If you want dynamics when you hit the distortion pedal use it afterwards. Keeley has a nice discussion of it.

    http://www.robertkeeley.com/faq.php#Effect%20Order
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    Whenever I have similar ?s I look at multi-effects units. Do a Google search for a Boss ME-50 or similar. The way it's laid out you can see the logical order of effects. In the case of the ME-50 it's EQ --> Compression --> Noise Gate --> Reverb --> Overdrive/Distortion --> Modulation effects --> Delay.

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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    What if you are like me, and put you OD before whah? and what do you do to get the increased sustain from a compressor with out it giving that "choke the tone" that is often associated with a comp.
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    I got into effects as a result of listening to Gilmour's stuff, and always put them first in my chain.
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    Mine is first in the chain, and always on
    And is a rehoused one as well.
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    Thanks guys, great stuff as always!

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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    I use mine in front of my amp (I use amp distortion) so my chain goes:

    Wah > eq > noise gate > compression > delay > amp

    I have tremolo and flange in the loop of the Boss noise gate.
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    A compressor usually compresses the strong signals and amplifies the weak signals. If you have some subtle unwanted sound in the signal chain, the compressor may make it so loud that it becomes annoying. That's the reason I always put it ahead of everything.

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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    Compressor before distortion, and reverb after distortion. Noise suppressor usually between distortion and reverb.
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    I like a compressor after my wah and distortion. When you have a compressor before distortion you get (almost) exactly the same amount of gain every time you hit the strings. When you put the compressor after your distortion you get different amounts of gain (depending on your pick attack) but you also can get a similar volume between chords and notes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    I like a compressor after my wah and distortion. When you have a compressor before distortion you get (almost) exactly the same amount of gain every time you hit the strings. When you put the compressor after your distortion you get different amounts of gain (depending on your pick attack) but you also can get a similar volume between chords and notes.
    I've heard of people doing this. It allows you to use your own picking dynamics to control the level of fuzziness, and the compressor gives a consistent volume.
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    I like a compressor after my wah and distortion. When you have a compressor before distortion you get (almost) exactly the same amount of gain every time you hit the strings. When you put the compressor after your distortion you get different amounts of gain (depending on your pick attack) but you also can get a similar volume between chords and notes.
    Ok that makes sense why I like mine before dist. I play alot of metal, so the compressor evens out the sound of my fast riff'ing and power chords...

    For blues or cleans, what you said would probably work best as you'd want to retain those picking dynamics...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rid View Post
    Mine is first in the chain, and always on
    And is a rehoused one as well.
    I wonder if Rid has to hide his Boss Pedals when the boss is around? Kinda like the Microsoft guys gotta disguise their Apple Laptops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by More-Gear-Than-Skill View Post
    I wonder if Rid has to hide his Boss Pedals when the boss is around? Kinda like the Microsoft guys gotta disguise their Apple Laptops?

    Man those carl martin things look properly made, if only i had the coin....
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    Default Re: Compressor...before or after a distortion pedal?

    Why should I hide them???
    Not that they are standart either
    As the post said!!
    It is a compressor guys....and it compresses and limits, and all that without ever annoying me
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