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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2012-11-26T16:25:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=12878 2012-11-26T16:25:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114682#p114682 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]>
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Jakeblues, bummer you lost Dynacomp...the old ones have retained some value. I have a couple dynacomps but my favorite compressor for guitar is Strymon's OB.1 because it's a very soft compression. I can use it and you hardly would know but for the nice sustain it gives. The boost function is really nice for popping up to do a solo too.

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2012-11-25T07:12:06+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114664#p114664 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]> Peace.

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2012-11-25T02:43:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114661#p114661 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]> Statistics: Posted by Jakeblues — Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:43 am


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2012-11-24T20:41:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114659#p114659 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]>
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2012-11-24T20:16:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114658#p114658 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]>
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2012-11-24T17:33:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114656#p114656 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]>
j bird wrote:
Compression in short reduces dynamics. If you were to set the dials on a compressor to max, you would not be able to discern a volume difference between a light and hard strum on the electric. You can use it subtle to smooth dynamics a hair and increase sustain. Some compressors add tonal color as well. That increased sustain works really well for lap steel and slide.


That's a good start in describing something that's had to describe. In fancy terms, it reduces the dynamic range (the difference between loud and soft). In more meaningful terms, it "smooths" the volume differences and adds sustain w/o distortion. A lot of country players use compression on clean sounds. Lowell George used compression on his slide sound to get sustain while remaining clean (for the most part). Some people don't really consider it an effect, more of processing. It can be subtle, or it can be so "squeezed that it sounds almost alien.

Compression is used a lot in production to smooth things out and keep the overall volume higher. It's also used in broadcast to keep the audio from pushing the transmitter out of the licensed bandwidth. Listen to the the audio on most recordings made through a video camera's mic, and you'll hear compression.

If I get a chance today, I'll record a little clip.

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2012-11-24T04:26:04+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114652#p114652 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]> Statistics: Posted by j bird — Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:26 am


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2012-11-23T21:13:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114649#p114649 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]> http://www.shakeylee.com[/quote] On clean sounds, compression and maybe slap-back echo. [/quote]

I hope I don't get laughed out of the house for asking this naive question, but when I was good enough to play in straight-up blues bands, the only pedal that was available was a wah wah, and even that was cutting edge technology (the first ones were home made). I was using a Gibson SG Les Paul Custom (SG shape but Les hadn't had his name disassociated at that time ; but you know the story) into a Vox AC30.That's all. For the dirtier sound it was just a case of turning up the volume. So by the time pedals became standard, I was into building my house, raising my family etc and apart from a brief period playing in the church band (early Ibanez Les Paul knock off), guitar playing took second place. And I've only been back seriously since illness took me out of the workforce about eleven years ago and it's been acoustic all the way. But in that period I missed out on lots of developments. So at last my laughable question. What exactly do compression pedals do, what sort of sound do they create and why would you want that sound? Thanks Jake. :D Peace.

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2012-11-23T01:15:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114644#p114644 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]>
bottleneck wrote:
I THINK an overdriven tube amp is the best effect.otherwise,i don't use effects.

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My favorite tones are from just that. I seem to tend up with 12AX7's/6L6's, but I doubt I could tell the difference between different tube tubes/configurations. I have an '80's Mesa 50 Calibre, and love the tones. The fact is, I mostly record direct, but it's still a tube overdrive sound and some reverb. On clean sounds, compression and maybe slap-back echo. Lots of pedals aren't really my style, especially for blues.

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2012-11-15T22:45:23+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12878&p=114592#p114592 <![CDATA[Re: Footpedal Suggestions]]> Statistics: Posted by texas blues — Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:45 pm


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