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Beyond The MXR Dyna Comp & Boss CS-3 Compressor [J Rockett Airchild, UA LA-2A, 1176 & Origin Cali76]

Published 22 Mar 2024

"Confused about compressors? We explore some cool tones with a handful of comps old and new

Welcome to the show. We’ll stick our necks out and say that compression is probably the least well understood ‘effect’ of all when it comes to electric guitar. Good news - we’re not trying to explain it here! Nope, instead we get into some cool sounds and different ways to think about compressor pedals, starting with perhaps the two most famous of all: the MXR DynaComp and the Boss CS-whatever-number-it-might-be.
Having listened to those stalwarts, we move on to a small bunch of pedals with, shall we say, slightly more lofty ambitions. Without further ado, let’s get squishy. Erm, or not.

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Pedals & Stuff used in this show
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Greer Lightspeed
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• ’70s MXR DynaComp [links to new version]
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• Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
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• Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe
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• Union Tube & Transistor LAB

• UA Teletronix LA-2A
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• UA 1176
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• J Rockett Audio Airchild
UK & Europe: Details to come
Australia: Details to come
USA: Details to come

• Crazy Tube Circuits Sidekick Jr
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• TheGigRig G3S

Interesting bits & go-to sections
0:00 Intro
1:53 How far have we come? Dyna Comp and CS-3
3:30 Today's new offerings
5:05 Amps today
5:20 Deluxe Reverb
6:10 Bluesbreaker love
7:08 Dan’s fave Dyna Comp
10:00 What does a compressor do?
10:56 BOSS CS-3
13:00 Max comp on the Dyna Comp
13:42 CS-3 high compression
15:30 What are we hoping to hear from the new compressors?
18:40 UA 1176 and the Cali76
24:00 Comp and Overdrive
25:30 Secret sauce for low-volume tones
30:00 UA 1176 parallel compression
32:30 Bluesbreaker and 1176
38:10 Teletronix LA-2A?
39:40 Union Tube & Transistor LAB
41:08 UA Teletronix
45:00 UA and LAB into the Bluesbreaker
48:10 What is a Fairchild compressor?
51:15 J Rocket Airchild Six Sixty
56:00 Thoughts on the Airchild?
58:00 Using a compressor as a boost
1:02:00 Thanks for watching
1:04:00 ALL ON!

Guitars used in today’s show
• PRS Myles Kennedy - no specific video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here:

Amps used in this show
• Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker combo (modern reissue) with 2 x 12-inch Celestion G12M Greenback speakers

• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb with stock speaker
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