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Opto Stomp Compressor?

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Jan 27, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
Jason loves it. Why do I need one? ;)

I found a couple used for around $50. Seems like a great price. However, I am confused as to what its going to do. I can find several great clips of the Sonic Stomp being turned off and on, but no the Opto.

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Mar 09, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

It will just tighten your sound up, make your highs even with your lows in volume, reduce feedback, and give the illusion of a little drive with all the above in effect...

Mar 10, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
John P Replied:

Compression is cool and useful if you are running a lot of effects. It will smooth the signal that is being processed, and make it more "electric" and even and a little rounder. Also it can make drive and distortion "tighter" and much morecontrollable. However, If you're not using a lot of effects and/or not driving an amp hard for distortion, it may just dampen your dynamics, which is not a good thing. But, for player who uses a lot of effects, it makes everything smoother and more responsive, and, IMHO, is a must have.

Mar 10, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I love my compressor for guitar. I need to try it for harmonica. Thanks for the tips.

Mar 10, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Beware: Not all compressors are harp friendly and those they are not can be worse than disappointing.

Mar 10, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

The BBE is defintly harp friendly...john is so right!

Mar 11, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Another harp friendly unit is the dbx 376 Tube Channel Strip. Tube preamp, 3 band EQ w/sweepable freq. on the midrange control and a harp friendly compressor. Rack mount, (1 space) and has all kinds of digital conversion stuff i never use. Also has an effects loop. More complicated thansomethinglike the Octo Stomp, and certainly not as compact. Probably would not coordinate well with a pedal board set up. But a nice unit well suited for harp.

Mar 11, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
Manlio Replied:

the great thing with the opto stomp is that it's so easy to use that even a complete idiot like me can work with it. It's cheap compared to other good pedals and really it does its work without affecting the tone, it just increases it.

I've tried it last month, I ordered it 2 weeks ago... great addon to my toys.

Mar 12, 2009 2:14 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

I'm impressed with the company. I've got their power supply and a Sonic Stomp, and I plan to get an Opto Stomp, all on the Cat's recommendation. Jason, which was the first of their products you tried?

Mar 14, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Jason, what the positions of knobs at your opta stomp?

Is opta stomp compessor-sustainer or compressor limiter?

I try some compressors, but don't find them useful, wanna try opta.

Mar 29, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Just ordered a brand-new Opto Stomp off eBay for $62.50, free shipping. One more available from the seller at that price. Here's the link.

Mar 31, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

I run the volume at 5 which is (neutrel) and the compression a little under three.

Mar 31, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Where do you leave the Pad switch, Jason? 0dB or -15dB?

Apr 04, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

My OptoStomp arrived yesterday. The owner's manual explained that the -15dB pad setting is for active instruments. Mystery solved. I'm getting it positioned on my pedalboard and I hope to have a chance to try it out tonight or tomorrow. I'll start out with Jason's settings and experiment with variations. Stay tuned....

Apr 04, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Recommendation: Start by putting it first in the chain of effects.

Apr 05, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Here's the way I currently have my pedalboard configured: Wireless Receiver -> Volume Pedal -> Opto Stomp -> Microhush -> Sonic Stomp -> Amp.

Apr 05, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Had a chance to play with my new toy. I was initially disappointed in the effect--i tried all kinds of settings, but by the time I got it to take effect, I was getting a metallic POP when the effect kicked in. Then I decided to heed JohnP's excellent advice of putting it ahead of the volume pedal (Wireless Receiver -> Opto Stomp -> Volume Pedal -> Opto Stomp -> Microhush -> Sonic Stomp -> Amp), and suddenly the effect came into its own. It does add a noticable edge to my tone, without adding harshness. Switching either or both BBE boxes on and off while playing really makes it clear how they improve the sound. Even a really good sounding rig sounds thin by comparison with both pedals off. I'm already very pleased. I'm still working on settings for my little Skylark, then once I find settings I like I'll try some other of my mid-sized amps. Stay tuned....

Apr 05, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Correction: That signal chain would be Wireless Receiver -> Opto Stomp -> Volume Pedal -> Microhush -> Sonic Stomp -> Amp

Apr 05, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Be aware that while compression is cool, too muchcompressionwill dampen the dynamics and texture of your sound. So, while alittlecompression is great, it is definitely possible to have too much of an otherwise good thing. So, pay attention to thesettingson the device.Brutus does not say what type of mic he is using which makes a difference regarding how much compression to use.

Btw, on some compressors, extreme settings can generateprettywild effectsespeciallywhen used in combination with other devices. But, in general, littlebit is usually all you want or need.

Apr 05, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

White label CR element in a JT-30 shell. Definitely doesn't like too much compression--it seems like it sounds best with volume on 8 and compression between 1.5 and 2.0.

Apr 06, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
John P Replied:

Because bullet mics usually have a higher gain or "hot" signal output, I think their output characteristics are probably more dramatically affected by compression. Too much compression and you lose some articulation and "bite." This may be good or bad,dependingon what sound you are looking for.

I've never actually tried a BBEcompressorpedal, but I've fooled around with some other compressors quite a bit, so i am generalizing based on myotherexperiences.

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