Imagine you could have smooth even tone without having to worry too much about your right hand technique? Compressor pedals do that and so much more and we’ve got loads for you to choose from here at Andertons Music Co.
Firstly, we should point you in the direction of our ultimate guide to compressor pedals where you’ll find all the information you need on which compressor pedal to buy.
To put it very simply, it reduces the dynamic range of the guitar. So, it slightly boosts the volume of notes you pick softly and brings down the volume of notes you pick a bit harder. So, you end up with a much smoother sounding guitar tone. That dynamic range can be adjusted with the ratio control on most compressors.
It will give you more sustain and get rid of any harsh high frequencies because a compressor will put a rein on your signal. Some of our most popular options include offerings from Origin Effects, Wampler and MXR, among others.
Check out our selection of Compressor pedals below and take advantage of our interest-free finance packages and free next day delivery in the UK on orders over £99!
Compression Pedals FAQs
What do compression pedals do?
At a basic level, a compression pedal reduces the dynamic range of your guitar. This means that notes played softly will have their volume level slightly boosted, while notes played harder have their volume lowered. The dynamic range can then be tweaked using the ratio control, which is a common feature on the majority of compressors.
Where does a compression pedal go in the signal chain?
It makes the most sense to put a compressor at the start of your signal chain. Because compressors amplify any signal sent through them, if you place noisy pedals in front, this noise will be louder heading into your amplifier - in turn, potentially ruining your tone. You could also position a compressor after your distortion and overdrive pedals, as it can help to iron out both lead and rhythm tones.
When should you use a compression pedal?
It can be used in a number of situations. Use it to achieve natural dynamics; harness almost limitless sustain; blend your sound, making for a fuller overall tone; make sloppy notes during solos sound more fluid etc.