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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2002, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seeking guitar compressor recos

I've been playing around with my rack (!?) recently, and I've decided that I really like the sound of a compressor before the preamp. Unfortunately, my G-major already has a compressor, just at the wrong spot in the signal chain.

So I'm looking for a rack-mountable compressor (really only needs to be single channel) that can be switched via 1/4" relay (so the G-Major can control it). Anybody have any suggestions for compressors that can do this? (I currently have an Alesis 3630--great compressor, but unfortunately cannot be switched).

I know there are lots of compressor pedals out there, but my goal is to stay rack-mountable so I don't have any more things to step on!

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--B
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2002, 03:58 AM
 
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There is the Boss Cl50 (half rack)
review and user manual here http://perso.wanadoo.fr/jenfi.home/h...av/effets.html

On the manual it seems to be remotable but sorry, cause i don't know what "be switched via 1/4" relay" mean

( the used price is 50- 80 usd)
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-30-2002, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, since my original post I've managed to sell my rack rig and switch over to a Mesa Mark IV combo setup.

I'm still looking for a compressor, although now I don't care if it's a rackmount or a pedal--I still have available rack space and pedalboard space. My primary concern would be tone--I want to use the compressor to even out my clean tones, so it's gotta sound good clean. I will likely never use it with distorted tones because I like using my TS9DX for soloing so much.

So, all that said, any suggestions now?

Thanks,
--Brent
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 06:56 AM
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I'm still looking for a compressor, although now I don't care if it's a rackmount or a pedal--I still have available rack space and pedalboard space. My primary concern would be tone--I want to use the compressor to even out my clean tones, so it's gotta sound good clean. I will likely never use it with distorted tones because I like using my TS9DX for soloing so much.

So, all that said, any suggestions now?
A second-hand MXR Dynacomp would be my choice. Superb sounding, and if you get bored with it, you can sell it for as much or more than you paid...

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 08:37 AM
 
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I've had all three Boss models, of those I prefer the CS-2...it has a warm tonal character (the CS-1 is too squashy for me, and the CS-3 just not as warm).

I've also had the Ibanez CP9 and an a couple old MXR Dynacomps (block logo). The CP9 is nice, but I found it to change the fequency resp too much for my taste...kind of a mid hump like the TS9. The old MXRs a nice to, fairly squashy and milky smooth.

I'm actually down to the CS-2 and, are you ready for this, the DOD Milk Box. Clean, clear, flexible, and cheap. Other than that I may try one of the custom models from Analog Man or Keeley.
Greg
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-31-2002, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the tips... I've been looking at the Boss and MXR compressors already.

Another one I like the idea of is the ART Levalar tube compressor. For $80, it's got a real tube in it (don't know why that excites me so much). I use a couple ART Tube Channels (tube preamp + compressor/limiter + EQ) in my recording rack, and don't know how I could get by without them. I might try moving one of them to my guitar rack to see how the tube compressor treats me.

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