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    hi guys,
    I would like to know do you guys use more then one compressor together, I see a guy on youtube using three in a row, adding more and more compression with each compressor, do you guys use compressors like this???????
    all the best, bluesfloyd,

  • #2
    Re: two compressors

    I can't imagine needing more than one at a time unless you were looking for a very specific effect ...


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    • #3
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      Maybe that was a bass

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      • #4
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        I can definitely see having multiple compressors if its really an integral part of your sound, but I would expect them to be used individually to provide multiple settings. Maybe setup a subtle one, then another with a lot of squash for a specific song. Gilmour's live board had two CS-2s on it, I think they were either/or, not combined.
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        • #5
          Re: two compressors

          hi guys,
          thanks for your replies, very interesting what you say about Dave Gilmour's board,

          all the best, bluesfloyd

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          • #6
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            Friends don't let friends use too much compression on guitar.
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            • #7
              Re: two compressors

              Yeah….

              Three DIFFERENT comps.

              One for Ultra quiet mega sustain
              A Dyna comp for clucky pumping
              And maybe a general one for basic "sit--unruly-guitar-in-the-mix"

              But three on at once????

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              • #8
                Re: two compressors

                When tracking DI for later reamping I ALWAYS cascade 2 compressors. The first one is set for a slow attack, mild (3:1) ratio, and about 3dB of GR. The 2nd comp is more aggressive (6:1) and more GR, about 6-7dB.

                There are a couple of problems to be on the watch for:
                Pumping from too much compression
                Noise floor

                Otherwise, you can get fantastic results.

                I can guarantee that your favorite guitar tones post 1950 have more than 2 compressors between performance and your ears!

                Best to try it yourself. Don't take what you read online too seriously ... Including this post!
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                • #9
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                  Lot of uninformed nay-saying 'expertise' here already.

                  This thread will self destruct soon.
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                  • #10
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                    I'm not going to disagree with you. I don't record. But grew up playing in the 80's. I know my compression.

                    I also have a deep philosophical issue with the use of multiple attack settings simultaneously. Duncan Double Back as an example.

                    I just don't see the point. If you let the attack through, you let the attack through. Having a faster onset is wasted at that point. If you let the unaffected sound through, it is uncompressed.
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                    • #11
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                      ^ This proves that you know very little about compression, how it works, and how transient shaping/design works.
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                      • #12
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                        I have run two compressors for quite some time. First is a modded and much warmer sounding boss with a fair amount of choke set.
                        Second is a regular Boss CS3 with the settings being higher gain, less compression and brighter in tone.
                        Sometimes there just is a place where it works well together with a telecaster.
                        The first comp on its own is mostly used with a tele or strat, the second on its own is sometimes used with a Les Paul w/P90 pickups.
                        In clean settings if I don't have time to switch between my pedal steel and gtr I will use my volume pedal and both comps to simulate my steel or to add singing tones with a tele during a ballad.
                        Overdriven with a P90 Les Paul two comps can make her sing and hang notes in the air.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by TwilightOdyssey View Post
                          ^ This proves that you know very little about compression, how it works, and how transient shaping/design works.
                          Essplain it Luchee.
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                          • #14
                            Re: two compressors

                            hi guys,
                            I read the above posts with interest, I am new to this guitar world thing, no right or wrong way with pedals etc. thanks for your help so far,

                            all the best, bluesfloyd.

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                            • #15
                              Re: two compressors

                              I could see using two compressors with one at the beginning of the chain and one at the end. Would it be my tonal choice, no. However I could see how it someone would be inclined to do so. It would probably give an incredibly tight focused sound.


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