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Landlord FX A Cheeky Pint Optical Compressor Mini Pedal

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BOSS CS-3 Compression Sustainer

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MXR Dyna Comp M102 Compressor

MXR Dyna Comp M102 Compressor

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Ampeg Opto Comp Bass Compressor

Ampeg Opto Comp Bass Compressor

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MXR M87 Bass Compressor

MXR M87 Bass Compressor

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BOSS CP-1X Compressor

BOSS CP-1X Compressor

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MXR M291 Dyna Comp Compressor Mini Pedal

MXR M291 Dyna Comp Compressor Mini Pedal

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Wampler Cory Wong Compressor Pedal

Wampler Cory Wong Compressor Pedal

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Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

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Universal Audio UAFX Max Preamp & Dual Compressor

Universal Audio UAFX Max Preamp & Dual Compressor

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Universal Audio 1176 UAFX Studio Compressor

Universal Audio 1176 UAFX Studio Compressor

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BOSS BC-1X Bass Compressor

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NUX Sculpture Compressor Mini Pedal

NUX Sculpture Compressor Mini Pedal

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Keeley Compressor Mini Pedal Black

Keeley Compressor Mini Pedal Black

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MXR M87 Bass Compressor Blackout Series

MXR M87 Bass Compressor Blackout Series

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Xotic SP Compressor

Xotic SP Compressor

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Darkglass Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor

Darkglass Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor

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Laney Black Country Customs The Custard Factory Bass Compressor

Laney Black Country Customs The Custard Factory Bass Compressor

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Source Audio Atlas Compressor

Source Audio Atlas Compressor

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MXR M228 Dyna Comp Deluxe

MXR M228 Dyna Comp Deluxe

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Suhr Andy Wood Woodshed Compressor Pedal

Suhr Andy Wood Woodshed Compressor Pedal

£189.00
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JHS Pedals 3 Series Compressor

JHS Pedals 3 Series Compressor

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Fairfield Circuitry The Accountant Compressor Mini Pedal

Fairfield Circuitry The Accountant Compressor Mini Pedal

£189.00
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Keeley Compressor Pro

Keeley Compressor Pro

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EarthQuaker Devices The Warden V2 Compressor

EarthQuaker Devices The Warden V2 Compressor

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MXR M132 Super Comp Compressor Pedal

MXR M132 Super Comp Compressor Pedal

£119.00 £132.99
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MXR JD-M282 Bass Dyna Comp Mini Compressor

MXR JD-M282 Bass Dyna Comp Mini Compressor

£169.00 £182.99
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Electro Harmonix Pico Platform Compressor

Electro Harmonix Pico Platform Compressor

£99.00 £109.00
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Analog Alien Joe Walsh Double Classic Compressor/Overdrive Pedal

Analog Alien Joe Walsh Double Classic Compressor/Overdrive Pedal

£299.00 £349.00
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MXR M76 Studio Compressor

MXR M76 Studio Compressor

£199.00 £224.99
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Jam Pedals Dyna-ssoR Compressor / Sustainer

Jam Pedals Dyna-ssoR Compressor / Sustainer

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Suhr Koji Compressor Pedal

Suhr Koji Compressor Pedal

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Dod Compressor Pedal 280

Dod Compressor Pedal 280

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Origin Effects Cali 76 FET Compressor Pedal

Origin Effects Cali 76 FET Compressor Pedal

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Origin Effects Cali76 Bass Compressor Pedal

Origin Effects Cali76 Bass Compressor Pedal

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Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A Studio Compressor UAFX Pedal

Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A Studio Compressor UAFX Pedal

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Universal Audio Max Preamp & Dual Compressor (Ex-Demo) #23112064001431

Universal Audio Max Preamp & Dual Compressor (Ex-Demo) #23112064001431

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Universal Audio Max Preamp & Dual Compressor (Ex-Demo) #23112064001231

Universal Audio Max Preamp & Dual Compressor (Ex-Demo) #23112064001231

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Universal Audio Max Preamp & Dual Compressor (Ex-Demo) #23112064000672

Universal Audio Max Preamp & Dual Compressor (Ex-Demo) #23112064000672

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About Compressor Pedals

Compressor pedals are the perfect tool to even out your playing, giving a studio sheen to every performance.

The difference between your loudest notes and your quietest notes is known as your ‘dynamics’. A really wide dynamic range can sound a bit sloppy and haphazard. Compressors are used to smooth out your playing; giving it a much more polished, consistent feel.

Compressor pedals work by reducing the volume of your loudest notes and increasing the volume of your quietest notes. Most players aim to use compressors subtly. But some, particularly country players, will use it as a pronounced ‘squashed’ effect, where every note they play is compressed so that they are all the same volume.

Compressors are large studio units which are used on everything from vocals to drums. Compressor pedals, then, can be a bit confusing because they still use a lot of studio language like ‘Attack’, ‘Release’ and ‘Ratio’.

‘Attack’ is the first part of the note where you actually strike the string. The attack control adjusts how quickly the compressor starts working. The quicker it starts the more pronounced the compression effect.

‘Release’ is the end of the note, often called ‘Sustain’ for this reason. If you crank this control, you’ll be able to hold notes much longer.

‘Ratio’ is the difference between the loudest and quietest volume. A low ratio like 2:1 is very subtle whereas a high ratio like 32:1 is quite extreme.

If you are using a lot of overdrive and distortion, your sound is already compressed and you probably don’t need a dedicated compressor pedal. But for anyone using clean amps, compressor pedals are very useful. For this reason, they are a must have among funk, country and pop players who need a bit of polish for their clean tone.

 

Why Should I Choose a Compressor Pedal?

  • Give every performance studio sheen
  • Guitar compressor pedals smooth out haphazard playing
  • Use subtly or in a pronounced, ‘squashed’ way

Frequently Asked Questions about Compressor Pedals

Question: What types of guitar players need a compressor pedal?
A compressor pedal is a must have for anyone who mainly uses a clean tone. This is why they are very popular among funk, country and pop players. They are less popular among players who use a lot of distortion, such as in hard rock or metal.These players get their compression from the distortion itself.
Question: What are the easiest compressor pedals to use?
If you are looking for ease of use, look no further than the MXR Dyna Comp or Xotic SP Compressor. These demystify compressors and make it very easy to dial in great tones.
Question: Where should I put the compressor in my effects chain?
Compressors usually go either before or after overdrive pedals. If you use it before an overdrive pedal, it will keep your gain very consistent. If you use it after, you’ll still be able to get different levels of gain depending on how hard you play, but the compressor will even out the volume before hitting your amp.