A compressor pedal is the butter on the bread, the cheese on the pizza, the froth in your beer and the muscle in your tone. It’s the holy grail of all analog and digital effects.
Ever wondered how you could get that smooth, fat and glossy tone that shine in those professional mixes and is used by your favourite musicians?
But just knowing isn’t enough, is it?
Getting a compressor pedal to compliment your tone is not just a matter of having one in your signal chain, You need to know how to use it to dial out the sound you want. Using a compressor pedal is not as easy as other FX units as there are a lot of ways you could go wrong with it, making your tone worse than it should. In this article we’ll discuss when you should and when you shouldn’t use a compressor, starting with the absolute basics.
A compressor smoothens out your tone by constant & active attenuation of your levels. It’s nearly impossible to play at a constant level, your output level will always fluctuate with every note hit or strike. It will frequently go louder than you want it to or be softer than you intend it to be. The trick to succesful compression is to apply it in a manner that does the job while preserving your dynamics. These dynamics are what that bring the beef to your chunky riffs or the twang to your floaty cleans.