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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Compression: Give me an extreme example

ejm

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Apr 8th, 2017 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know what it is.

On many country songs from the 80's-90's (Alan Jackson) you can hear feel it used by Brent Mason in a subtle way.

However, can anyone give an example where it is used in a more extreme way as an effect?

Thanks in advance.


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Apr 8th, 2017 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Extreme compression: death metal distortion. :)

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Apr 8th, 2017 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I cannot think of an instance in recorded music (that I've heard) where extreme compression is used as an effect.

I think the reason is because it makes the track sound lifeless when dialed up for maximum squish. Compression has to be used mildly for maximum effect. It helps balance the loudness of what's already there.

Normalization is similar to compression, and when overused, it too makes a track sound lifeless and mechanical. Sort of like the early drum machines that sounded like...drum machines.

celius

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Apr 9th, 2017 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some of the work by Tom Morello in Rage Against the Machine, and particlarly when he uses his Wah for effects and during lead passages, sounds extremely compressed to my ears. And if you like that kind of music, it was not considered dull and lifeless. He is considered as one of the most innovative guitarists of that era/genre. I agree with those assessments; Rage wrote execellent songs and his compressed guitar was a big part of their sound and commercial success.

(This message was last edited by celius at 10:20 AM, Apr 9th, 2017)

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Apr 9th, 2017 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The first examples that come to mind:
- the guitar intro to Roxy Music's "More Than This"
- pretty much anything Nile Rogers has played on (Material "Holding On" is representative)
- the guitar on Peter Gabriel's "Big Time"
- (As you have already mentioned) Brett Mason in the '80s/'90s

Paulsy

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Apr 10th, 2017 01:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not used on a guitar, but the final chord on The Beatles "A Day in the Life". The extended sustain of that was only possible through the use of extreme compression.

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Apr 16th, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Roger McGuinn has stated they (Wrecking Crew) used TWO compressors on his Ricky 12 string while recording "Tambourine Man", "TURN TURN TURN", "Feel A Whole Lot Better", "Eight Miles High", etc.

Recreating that sound was the goal of the guy who created the Janglebox. Indeed, it's what McGuinn uses at every gig since its invention.

I used to own a 1966 Ricky 360-12 and bought a Janglebox. It works!

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(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 03:32 PM, Apr 16th, 2017)

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Apr 16th, 2017 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lowell George chained 2 compressors together for his slide work. His unmistakable singing sustain is an example, it's not just the slide it's the compression. Check out the link, scroll down and listen to the guy playing the Strat.

External link Slide Rig

wborys
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Apr 23rd, 2017 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

if my oldFart brain cells recall correctly,
dig up 'Bluebird' from the 2nd Buffalo Springfield
album. Steven Stills's acoustic seems HIGHLY
compressed, and he really gets to cooking on
his solos.


Tyrone Shuz

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Apr 24th, 2017 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The intro to "Under The Bridge" by the Chili Peppers is extremely squashed. The whole rhythm track is, but that finger-picked intro is so squashed it's pumping and breathing.

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Apr 24th, 2017 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic



That guy is a pretty darn good slide player too!!!!

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Apr 24th, 2017 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Compressors and slide kind of go together. Bonnie Raitt, Sonny Landreth, Ry Cooder, Joe Walsh, etc., all use compression as a big part of their slide tone formula.

OTOH, I don't think Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, or Duane Allman use any compression...

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Apr 24th, 2017 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Haynes and Allman use plenty of compression--the kind that happens when the amp distorts.

I believe the same to be true of Trucks, although it sounds to me he does use compression on his clean tone.

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Apr 24th, 2017 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm pretty sure Derek is a guitar > cable > amp guy.

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Apr 27th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What about the guitar intro to Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House? Is that a lot of compression I hear or something else?

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Apr 27th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most of Brad Paisley's lightning fast Tele solos are highly compressed.

Like this one

Weezie

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May 18th, 2017 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is some of the most compressed guitar of the 80s:

The Fixx -- One Thing Leads to Another

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May 20th, 2017 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The guitar solo in American Woman by Guess Who

The guitar solo in "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush, played by Ian Bairnson.


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May 20th, 2017 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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