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How do you set up your Compressor block?

Discussion in 'Axe-Fx II Discussion' started by Brian Angiel, Jun 12, 2018 at 9:38 AM.

  1. Brian Angiel

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    I’ve never used a compressor before the Axe-Fx, so I’m still trying to learn how to dial it in. I’ve read the manual and understand what each control does for the most part, but I’m trying to determine the best way to walk through and set the controls.


    What I want is (what I understand to be) a pretty mild compression—just something to calm the higher transients, not necessarily to squash my playing or unify the dynamics completely. So here’s how I went about dialing it in:

    1. Set up a blank, straight-through preset.

    2. Strum casually though weakest-output pickup setup and determine average output

    2a. For me, that’s the coil-split bridge and neck combo

    2b. I saw an average output of -15dB on the on-board output monitor (just eye-balling it)

    3. Set the compressor threshold slightly lower than the above number

    3a. I set it at -18dB again just to calm some of the higher transients that popup from using a louder pickup or stronger strumming pattern

    4. Set the ratio to yank down those higher transients in a way that feels best

    4a. I bounce between 2 & 4 (though 4 does feel a bit strong at times)

    5. Adjust the output of the compressor to match the output from the straight-through preset above

    5a. I had to add 4dB to bring the output of the compressor back up to the -15dB neighborhood


    So how do you set up your compressor? Setting recommendations are welcome, but I’m also interested in the process you used to arrive at those settings. Thanks!
     
  2. Brownmatthall

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    I set the threshold to an extreme setting so every other parameters adjustment is obvious, set my attack and release (generally 15-30 and 50-100 respectively), make up gain, adjust my look ahead, and then back it off til it sounds right to me. I also set it to peak+rms as well
     
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  3. Brian Angiel

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    Interesting. That’s a very different approach then I took, so I’ll have to try that. Thanks!
     
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  4. #4 bread, Jun 14, 2018 at 7:56 AM
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    Change the default RMS value to PEAK for higher gain and RMS+PEAK for cleans. I prefer these settings ... see if you like them.

    Edit - on the Studio Compressor.
     
  5. Brian Angiel

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    Good tip, thanks! I haven’t played with any of those settings, but I’ll probably get to that tonight.
     
  6. iaresee

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    Here are my magic, always-on, compressor settings. Provides some subtle smoothing out between low and high power signals in the chain. As you can see, I run it post-drive blocks. These settings were arrived at many, many years ago when I was matching the compressor block to my two-knob Analogman CompROSSor pedal.

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    thanks laresee, that's the best Compressor setting i've found.
     
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    Any reason you're picking the pedal comp over the studio?
     
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  9. iaresee

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    Pedal 1 matches the Ross compressor's compression behavior I was mimicking with these settings. Bonus: uses less DSP power.
     
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    Great thread. I look forward to more input and examples.
     
  11. Eliju

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    I do miss the orange squeeze side at times. Especially on my 335. Do you have a block that approximates that?
     
  12. iaresee

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    I don’t but could put something together.
     
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  13. Brian Angiel

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    Just checking back in to say I've tried all of the suggestions in here--great stuff! It's definitely helpful to get different perspectives/workflows on how to set these up.
     
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    If you do definitely post it. That'd be awesome!
     

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