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Old 05-13-2022, 08:30 PM
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I've been thinking about getting myself an MXR Dyna Comp. I've got a pedal board and I've got a reasonably good idea of how to set up pedals in terms of where to place them in your signal chain but I don't know a great deal about Compressors. Where abouts in your signal chain is the ideal spot for a comp?
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Old 05-13-2022, 09:41 PM
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I've been thinking about getting myself an MXR Dyna Comp. I've got a pedal board and I've got a reasonably good idea of how to set up pedals in terms of where to place them in your signal chain but I don't know a great deal about Compressors. Where abouts in your signal chain is the ideal spot for a comp?
I have mine early, right after the tuner and then wah on my electric board, and ahead of the gain, grit, modulation, and time-based effects.
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Old 05-14-2022, 07:07 AM
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I've been thinking about getting myself an MXR Dyna Comp. I've got a pedal board and I've got a reasonably good idea of how to set up pedals in terms of where to place them in your signal chain but I don't know a great deal about Compressors. Where abouts in your signal chain is the ideal spot for a comp?
No ideal spot, really. Practically everyone keeps it before effects. Most common is probably before dirt pedals, but Roberty Keeley always recommended putting them after dirt instead. I dont rememeber his logic, but it's easy to try.
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Old 05-14-2022, 08:44 AM
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I can tell you what the knobs do. I just have a terrible time getting them to do what I want
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Old 05-14-2022, 08:57 AM
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You want to put compressors early in the signal chain. Keep in mind that any overdrive/distortion pedal is also creating compression, so you may want to place it after those. That will keep you from over compressing the signal.
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Old 05-14-2022, 11:20 AM
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Mine is second, after my tuner, but in my noise reducer's send-return loop.
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Old 05-14-2022, 12:18 PM
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I was trying to keep a Plexi model really clean on chords but still allow some bark on the pick attack. Getting attack/release/makeup/threshold right seems straight forward but getting the right balance for the desired result is not always obvious.
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Old 05-14-2022, 02:12 PM
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….I would strongly recommend considering a different make of compressor….yes the MXR is a classic and yes I’ve owned one……but others I have owned were noticeably cleaner and more usable….my three faves…..Barber Tone Press…..(allows you to blend the straight signal with the compressed signal)….Wampler EGO compressor….(I think it has a blend feature too)….and a Keeley….(I’ve only had the two knob but I’d imagine the 4 knob to be even more usable)….they’ll set you back a bit more even buying them used but well worth it I think….
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Old 05-14-2022, 11:01 PM
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No ideal spot, really. Practically everyone keeps it before effects. Most common is probably before dirt pedals, but Roberty Keeley always recommended putting them after dirt instead. I dont rememeber his logic, but it's easy to try.
I've met Robert Keeley. He puts a lot of thought into what he does. I don't own a compressor at the moment, but if I did I would follow his advice--he's not playing around.
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Old 05-15-2022, 04:21 AM
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My MXR Dyna Comp is 2nd in my chain after the POG, before the Distortion. I set the knobs so the reference lines face each other.
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Old 05-15-2022, 04:50 AM
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Compressors should be just about first in the chain, (but not before a wah pedal)
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Old 05-15-2022, 09:44 PM
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Mine is first in the chain. In front of the amp, before the overdrive.
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