A full compressor with character.
One of my old friend working as a sound engineer once told me he was sick of pristine
clean compressors. So I came with the idea of doing a compressor that can either be dirty (or say, with a fair amount of temper)
If you think of a compressor as an amp with automatic gain adjustment, it's audio
qualities are defined by :
– The amp part : in this case it's a JFET amp with a fair amount of gain, which means
that with high input values, you can get a bit of tube-like distortion. But with low
values, the sound is clean and hot. I suggest you start by setting the comp at zero
and play with the gain/volume knobs and the bad switch, to really hear were the
pedal can go with your instrument... I know that with a guitar you could get nice
crunch tones. With a bass it's a bit different...
– The automatic gain adjustment part : it is an optical compressor, meaning I used a
photoresistance named “vactrol” to control the gain automatically. The vactrol is
known to be a bit slow, specially for the release. So I tried to compensate by
designing the fastest automatic control I could, achieving around 5ms attack time on
the “fast” setting...
Compressors users should know that this one has a ratio of about 6.
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