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Landlord FX A Cheeky Pint Optical Compressor Pedal

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BOSS CS-3 Compression Sustainer

BOSS CS-3 Compression Sustainer

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MXR Dyna Comp M102 Compressor

MXR Dyna Comp M102 Compressor

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Xotic SP Compressor

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Ampeg Opto Comp Bass Compressor

Ampeg Opto Comp Bass Compressor

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BOSS CP-1X Compressor

BOSS CP-1X Compressor

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Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

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MXR M291 Dyna Comp Mini Compressor

MXR M291 Dyna Comp Mini Compressor

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TC Electronic Hypergravity Mini Compressor

TC Electronic Hypergravity Mini Compressor

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MXR M87 Bass Compressor

MXR M87 Bass Compressor

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Strymon Compadre Compressor

Strymon Compadre Compressor

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BOSS BC-1X Bass Compressor

BOSS BC-1X Bass Compressor

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JHS Pedals 3 Series Compressor

JHS Pedals 3 Series Compressor

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Suhr Andy Wood Woodshed Compressor

Suhr Andy Wood Woodshed Compressor

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MXR JD-M282 Bass Dyna Comp Mini Compressor

MXR JD-M282 Bass Dyna Comp Mini Compressor

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Jackson Audio Bloom V2 MIDI

Jackson Audio Bloom V2 MIDI

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NUX Sculpture Compressor Pedal

NUX Sculpture Compressor Pedal

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NUX Komp Core Deluxe Compressor Pedal

NUX Komp Core Deluxe Compressor Pedal

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Way Huge Saffron Squeeze MKII Compressor

Way Huge Saffron Squeeze MKII Compressor

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EarthQuaker Devices The Warden V2 Compressor

EarthQuaker Devices The Warden V2 Compressor

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MXR CSP102 Script Dynacomp

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Orange Kongpressor

Orange Kongpressor

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Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Compressor

Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone 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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Jam Pedals Dyna-ssoR Compressor / Sustainer

Jam Pedals Dyna-ssoR Compressor / Sustainer

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Empress Effects Compressor Mk2 Blue

Empress Effects Compressor Mk2 Blue

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Empress Effects Compressor Mk2 Silver

Empress Effects Compressor Mk2 Silver

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Fairfield Circuitry The Accountant Compressor

Fairfield Circuitry The Accountant Compressor

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Aguilar DB 599 Bass Compressor

Aguilar DB 599 Bass Compressor

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All Pedal Galactavise Compressor

All Pedal Galactavise Compressor

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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.

What makes compressor pedals different?

  • Give every performance studio sheen
  • 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.