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Tyring out an Opto Stomp...I don't get it!

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Apr 12, 2010 4:48 AM GMT

Loaned one from a buddy of mine. Tried it at practice and didn't get it. The volume seemed to cut way down unless I had it at 10. The actual compression part I get, but I would want the volume to match my amp, correct?

I saw Jason Ricci mention running the volume on 5 as that was something along the lines of no impact, but when I did that, it cut my volume by way more than half.

I thought the compression didn't add anything I liked, but I want to make sure I did it correctly before I give it back next week.

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Apr 12, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

I have one on my pedal board, and I like it. My chain is JT-30 with CR element -> AKG Flexx wireless receiver -> Opto Stomp -> Ernie Ball volume pedal -> Microhush -> Sonic Stomp -> Gibson GA-18 amp. At first I didn't think I was going to like it much, because I kept trying to crank up the compression until I heard some "magic effect" happen. It didn't. But I also discovered that if I just keep the compression almost at its minimum, the pedal really helps fight feedback. Between my Microhush pedal and the Opto-Stomp, feedback is almost completely a non-issue. Switch either pedal off, and my rig starts to howl at stage volume. My advice is to give it a little more time. Make sure you have it at the very start of your effects chain. If you have a Sonic Stomp, make certain that it's at the end.

Apr 12, 2010 7:38 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Brutus, it makes sense, now that you've said it, that a compressor could cut feedback by not allowing a "spiky" signal through. I've never bonded with my compressor pedal for guitar ... now i'll try it for harp. Thanks!

Apr 14, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
Fugazzi Replied:

Still noodling with it. I noticed it needed to be on 8-9 to match the volume of the amp when disengaged. The comp is less than 3. Will keep trying.

Apr 14, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I had to look up the BBE Opto-Stomp because I wasn't familiar with it. So, it just has a compression and a volume knob, and a switch. What does the switch do? Does switching it help the volume drop?

I'm no pedal genius, but it sounds like it might be compressing some of the sound that you want, even when compression is three. So unless it has some other volume loss problem, it is compressing signal that you want to hear.

Mike, if I remember correctly, you play guitar, too. Does it have a volume drop with guitar?

Off topic, but it sounds like your band is moving forward by leaps and bounds! Congratulations!

Apr 18, 2010 7:08 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

I think you may find the actual affect will be dependent on what mic you are using and where in the chain you are using it. Many mics have a compression effect on the sound already. Never used one myself but have played with many software conpressors. What mic are you using.

Apr 20, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
Fugazzi Replied:

Thanks, OB! I don't play guitar, but I did do a show with the Opto inline. I have to hear the recording this week to decide. I think it is pretty subtle, but things sounded fine on stage. Will udpate after giving a listen.

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