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  • Boss CS-3 vs. CP-1X compressors?

    Does anybody have experience with both of these compressors? Are there reasons for both of them to exist simultaneously in the lineup? I think it is fairly easy for a compressor to be terrible, so naturally I am trying to avoid that situation on my own pedalboard.

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    Those are different beasts.

    If you do not trust your ears or understand ratio, get the standard CS-3. Neither is that hard to work with a little research on the actual knob function, but the CS3 is just "easier" for people who don't need the fancy

    * Disclosure - never played a CP1X. Know enough about compressors though to advise.


    CS3 -
    • Want the note to get squeezed (a predetermined amount) faster? Squash the nasty transients fast, Attack left. Want the attack to get in and then be squashed (if necessary at that point), attack right. It's the delay before the squash sets in. Short and long would be better labels.
    • Want the note to sustain naturally? Sustain to the left. Want to hold it up a little, or a lot longer? Sustain to the right.
    • Did squashing take the edge off? Use the tone control.
    • Did squashing impact the overall volume? Use the level.

    CP1X is like look at meter while playing, adjust comp level to determine where compression starts, eyeball what you believe the ratio is to bring it to the target level of output, adjust the attack to get it there at the right time/fast enough, back to compression level to adjust if that is enough, review the comp level again, play and see if the input is comping properly based on the level indicator....lather rinse repeat and go crazy.


    You want the CSX1 - ignore the little light show. Honestly, I think the CP1X is simultaneously a bit much and not enough.
    Last edited by Aceman; 06-25-2021, 06:13 AM.
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    • #3
      Oooh, now I want both! But are there other brands I should look at? Like Keeley, Wampler, JHS, or others?
      I am either a thirtysomething actress or a small farm animal.

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      • #4
        The CS-3 is analog, the CP-1X is digital. I've used the CS-3, as Ace said, good, easy to use compressor, haven't tried the CP.

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        • #5
          I kinda liked the CS-2 better than the CS-3. Haven't played the CP-1x, but it certainly looks interesting. The metal knobs with white dots are going to be really hard to see to adjust settings in the dark though.
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          • #6
            The CS3 isn't 'transparent'- at any setting, you can hear (and feel) it on. It is a great pedal when you want to use a compressor as an 'effect' rather than to just gradually smooth transients.
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            • #7
              What are some good compressors for when you want it musical and less obvious?
              I am either a thirtysomething actress or a small farm animal.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
                What are some good compressors for when you want it musical and less obvious?
                I use a Keeley 4-Knob, it's my "always on" pedal. I've also used a Wampler EGO in the past, right now the Keeley is on my main board...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Liam1963 View Post

                  I use a Keeley 4-Knob, it's my "always on" pedal. I've also used a Wampler EGO in the past, right now the Keeley is on my main board...
                  How would you compare the two?
                  I am either a thirtysomething actress or a small farm animal.

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                  • #10
                    Alesis 3630 is transparent but it's a rack so won't help expand your Boss collection...lol. It's more for recording with the noise gate and ducking capability.

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                    • #11
                      My experience with the CS-3 it only works for clean not distortion. And the sustain doesn't make the note ring longer but hold the compression longer. Maybe I am using it wrong I don't know...

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                      • #12
                        the duncan vise grip is a great compressor that can be set to sound transparent. my first was stolen but i liked it so much i got another. keeley is well known for making a great compressor too

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                        • #13
                          Duncan do not make the regular Vice Grip guitar compressor anymore, do they?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
                            What are some good compressors for when you want it musical and less obvious?
                            Any compressor with a blend knob will let you easily dial in less 'effect-y' sounding compression. I'm using an Xotic SP compressor now, and find it easy to get anywhere from light compression by using the blend.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post

                              Any compressor with a blend knob will let you easily dial in less 'effect-y' sounding compression. I'm using an Xotic SP compressor now, and find it easy to get anywhere from light compression by using the blend.
                              This is true. My favorite is one I had to build, a BYOC 5 Knob Compressor. I don't see the Vise Grip on the compressor page, but I think you can still find them new at dealers. That would be my #2. It is an exceptional, transparent compressor.
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