If you’re after a more ‘produced’ sound, then a guitar compressor pedal could be for you! This stompbox pedal is one of the most popular effects in recorded music and controls the dynamic range of your instrument. The hard notes get softer, and the soft notes get louder. The compressor pedal works more subtly than increasing the volume on your amplifier or guitar and levels the dynamics of your guitar performance without your guitar going into overdrive. So, when you play something very quietly, a compressor pedal can boost the output to make it more audible. When you strike a string too forcefully, the compressor pedal will dull the sound of your pick attack for a smoother overall sound. Quite often, country guitarists use a compressor pedal with a slapback delay pedal to achieve a distinctive, thick sound, while blues guitar players use a compressor with a light overdrive pedal to fatten their tone even further. Compression pedals are also great for bass players. Whether on stage or in the studio, it helps bass guitarists make more defined sounds and also helps reign in the wide dynamic range of the bass. No matter what kind of music you’re playing, a compressor can help to enhance your sound. At Art of Guitar, we have some of the best compressor pedals around. Here are just some of the most popular pedals for today’s guitar players.
MXR compressor pedals are among the most popular models among guitarists. Countless pros rely on the original MXR Dyna Comp Compressor in the studio and on stage. Now, the updated MXR Super Comp Compressor takes that classic one a step further. Output and sensitivity knobs let you dial in the perfect setting to keep your parts where they belong in the mix. The new Attack Level control lets you keep your initial bite and chunk as you pour on the sustain. If you want tight, snappy clean tones and soaring lead tones, the MXR Super Comp M132 is the pedal for you. Also in stock is the Dyna Comp Compressor, which is one of the most popular compressors of all time. Whether you want to tighten up your signal, add rich sustain, or create the percussive and clicky sound heard on numerous hit records, this compressor pedal is straightforward to use and makes the Dyna Comp Compressor the secret weapon for many musicians.
The Hotone Ampero II Stomp is a top effects processor and amp modeler featuring more than 40 different effects that will allow you to create your own signature sound. The Ampero Stomp II also boasts 87amp models, 6 cab models, over 100 pedal models, and 60 original effects designed by Hotone themselves. You can also buy the Hotone MP-10 Ampero Multi effects Pedal. Described as a ‘game changer’ this Ampero delivers all the real sounds of rock past and present.
While an ordinary compressor pedal can give you an element of control, a great compressor will give you the “feel” that other average compressors lack and that’s where the Wampler Ego Compressor comes into play. The focus on this compressor pedal has been ensuring the playing dynamics could be retained and that the compressor didn’t color the tone at all. By incorporating a clean blend, it allows your original signal to be blended back in so you can get all the benefits of a great compressor but have the option to remove the squash at the front. If you need help looking for the perfect pedal, then get in touch with our experts at Art of Guitar.