Compression is one of those magical effects that can change your guitar tone from good to great. The TC Electronic HyperGravity is one of the most advanced compressors ever put in a guitar pedal format with more than enough features to get the sound you want.
What Does A Compressor Do
A compressor works by increasing the volume of quieter sections and lowering the volume of louder parts. This ends up doing one three things.
- Gives your a guitar a faster attack, perfect for funk and soul styles
- Flattens out the peaks giving your a guitar a more consistent output level.
- Increases your guitars sustain by increasing the output level as a note starts to die out.
One of the main things that really separates a standard compressor and this pedal is that the HyperGravity is a multiband compressor. As a compressors job is to make loud things quieter and quieter things louder give you a more even sound one blanket frequency is hard to get right.
For example if you set up the compressor based on you playing on the low E string when you get to the higher strings your tone will sound squashed with very little dynamics. If you do it the other way you will hear next to no effect on the lower E string.
By using a multiband design the pedal is automatically set up to spread the compression evenly across all strings for the perfect amount of the effect.
Thanks to a mini toggle switch you can go between a couple of different modes. Spectra is an ultra transparent compressor that is perfect for your more modern styles where you don't want to colour the sound. Vintage as the name suggests is a re-imagining of a vintage guitar compressor that adds some warmth to your tone just like you would have had using this classic effect.
Finally the last mode is the Toneprint option. Using toneprint you can create your own custom compressor settings using the tone print editor on iPad, PC or Mac letting you dive in deep to the hidden settings underneath. You can also beam some of your favourite artists presets down your pickup straight in to the HyperGravity.
Here's what TC Electronic say about the Hyper Gravity
HyperGravity Compressor is the missing link that will take your tone from good to great. Featuring no less than three amazing compression modes; including a state-of-the-art multiband compressor, a cool vintage compressor, plus endless compression combinations through TonePrint. HyperGravity Compressor is the key to getting that much desired pro tone with even dynamics. Kick it in and be prepared to shine!
Compress Without Compromise
HyperGravity Compressor's highly advanced multiband dynamics algorithm is the same MD3 compression algorithm that can be found in our studio production masterpiece, System 6000 which has been the preferred dynamics tool for top producers for over 10 years. Its technologically superior engine applies perfectly tailored compression for your highs, mids and lows, and leaves you with an ultra-transparent and in the end, more musical compression than what can be achieved with standard single-band compressors. This lets you to go from subtle airy shimmers, to full-on straightjacket tone-holds and anywhere in between, without ever compromising your original tone.
Squeeze Into Some Tight Tones
Jump straight into those old-school compression tones of yesteryear with HyperGravity Compressor's warm vintage mode. You get all of the squeeze and squash you could ever want, alongside that extra presence associated with those classic stompbox compressors we all know and love. Perfect for percussive country tones, tight funk sounds or sweet Gilmour sustain.
TonePrint - Customized Compression
With our proprietary TonePrint technology you can finally realize the full potential of your inner compression-geek. The free TonePrint Editor and its wealth of parameters, lets you tailor that fully focused compression tone completely to your liking. But hey, if you'd rather rely on the sonic wisdom of others, then we have a solution for that too. Via the free TonePrint App, you can beam custom-tweaked compression tones made by some of music's finest to the pedal. It's time to unleash those dream tones inside your head!