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"Blend" knob on a compressor pedal?

Discussion in 'Bass Pedals, Effects & Preamps' started by Nachobassman, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    I find a blend option in a compressor pedal very unnesesary, I mean, why would you want to add uncompressed sound to the compressed sound, when all you want is to compress the sound?
    Does that makes any sense? What do you think?

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  2. DiMarco

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    Indeed seems rather idiotic.
     
  3. AsturHero

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    they had to made the "Blend" knob, because only 3 knobs/buttons were ugly layout for the pedal :D
     
  4. Florin

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    Because you can do something called parallel compression.
    Basically instead of a clean transparent compression, you set it as a brickwall heavily compressed sound, and mix it with the clean signal. I used parrallel compression a lot!


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  5. Nachobassman

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    Well, that´s a new concept to me. Research starts NOW!

    Thanx, Flo.
     
  6. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, using the comp as an effect can be quite interesting ;)


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  7. Nightmaresandconclusions

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    Also known as New York Compression, Same thing. Its done so you can keep your dynamics. Imagine a compressor pulling down the peaks to reduce the headroom (difference between peaks and RMS) then you add make up gain to compensate, With parallel compression you are bring up the quite parts but not squashing the peaks. I usually do it with a really small ratio but set the threshold quite low so you are getting a good amount of gain reduction then blend in to taste. Great on drums also.
     
  8. shaftbass

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    You have stereo Distressors!
     
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    The Hellborg pre amp has a blend knob for the effects send return so doing parallel compression with any comp is real easy even if it does not have its own blend. I run my distortion the same way.
     
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