Compression is a tool used on pretty much every recording you will ever hear, yet this extremely useful and versatile tool is often overlooked by guitar players as part of their rig.
Other compressor pedals are often limited by oversimplified controls and heavily colored sounds. We have created a truly transparent compressor, complete with all the controls found in the studio. The result is a tool that allows for a wide range of sounds from subtly adding sustain to getting the “quack” that country players love.
We’ve also included a mix knob to blend in the dry signal for an even more transparent sound and a gain reduction meter so you know what the compressor is doing at all times.
User Manual & FAQ
Empress Compressor User Manual
Q: I'm new to compressors, can you help me out?
A: (from Jay, the designer of the Empress compressor) The best way to learn is to keep experimenting. The empress compressor can be pretty transparent at modest settings so sometimes it's hard to hear it working. I've used compressors for a long time, and it really takes a while to get used to them.
Some things to note:
1. When you set the attack really fast it can make the sound less open, because it lowers and affects the transient.
2. With regards to the release; faster is better until it sounds bad. You'll notice if you set the release to the fastest and are doing a lot of compression at high ratio as you let chords ring out it sounds really un-natural. Also, you'll notice with some strumming patterns it can get a bit distorted almost with too fast of release. So, with the release, start it at its fastest, and then slow it down until your sustains sound natural.
3. A great way to get a feel for compressors is at extreme settings. When you're experimenting with the attack and release and ratio, don't be afraid to set the input so you get 15-20dB of gain reduction. It'll make it easier for you to hear things.
Q: Any suggestions for using the compressor with bass?
A: As a starter setting for bass, if you want transparent control, I'd try: 4:1, attack at 10oclock, release at 2oclock, full wet mix and adjust the input and output so you're doing 8-12dB of reduction in loud parts. It should give you good clean control with a nice attack if you're playing with fingers, if you're playing with a pick change the attack a bit.
For a grittier dirtier setting, try 10:1, release at 10oclock, and doing 15-20dB of compression, then maybe use the blend to mix to taste. You'll introduce some harmonics with this setting that will thicken things up a bit. It should be great for sustain too.
Q: The red LEDs aren't working
A: If you have a cable plugged into the sidechain, it has to make a complete circuit. Try unplugging the cable. If that works, then something in your sidechain isn't stopping the signal.
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