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    Compressor pedals - how / when do you use them?

    Always on? When do you not like to use them?

    I got me a Wampler Mini Ego. Going into my MXR Modified OD into my recto, it sounds crushing during riffs and leads. I wonder- when and why would someone not use a compressor? I can only think of delicate nuanced stuff where you'd maybe turn it off (like the Diary of a Madman intro). Is that basically how people go about it?

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    never bothered with a pedal before but in my HX stomp, i put it before the overdrive so the guitar signal always hits the OD exactly the same. that way when I pick like shit because i suck, it still sounds pretty much the same.

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    So... think of it as a tone and feel shaper, and just leave on all the time, and if i want dynamics, just purposefully play extra dynamically?

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    I use a Keeley compressor pedal in front of my Kemper. It gives me the perfect input vs clipping like crazy and I have to lower the clean sense to like -9.

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    Compressor is a god send for tapping and finger picking, especially clean. They also work as a pretty good clean boost, less like an OCD or Klon and more like a high output pickup, but without coloring or overdriving your sound. I rarely turn mine off, TBH.
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    I use a hypergravity mini with cleans. I dont like a lot of squish i just like it to even things out a bit and get a bit more sustain.
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    this thread made me realize compressors are training wheels for control over dynamics. kinda feels like cheating now. ehh still gonna use it

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    I typically only use mine on cleans. However, for complex tapping it could be very useful. A good example of someone who uses one a lot while soloing is Neal Schon - he still uses a compressor even when using brutal amounts of gain.

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