a compressor can help with the mutron and with the octave + mutron combo so you don't get those spikes on either side of the spectrum. A wisely used high quality compressor with a super loud rig can help shape the tones of the above bomb/ice pick making pedals and really hep the normal sound in a positive way. I use a compressor with my EF and octave POG to keep the speakers from busting ear drums with certain frequencies. I sometimes use it for a OD pedal too. It can help the system be more forgiving IMO. Tube amps have a natural compression going on that makes them a bit more forgiving too. A 1000 watt SS amp is not on the forgiving side, I wouldn't guess. I don't use it all the time, but it is helpful to have around if needed.
NOTE: JK's is also a limiter, that could be what he is mainly using it for. He has been know to show up around here before, maybe this thread will catch his eye and explain some of his approaches. I am also wondering about the fuzz pedal too, the settings seem to be low enough to get a workable tone. Maybe the Altoid can has picks in it, not much else would fit, in terms of guitar gear
. I have also wondered if a compressor/limiter was ever used on Healy's side of the controls for Jerry's/the bands sound(s).
Thanks Jonnyboy. I figured the comp is used for gate purposes. Interesting thing about the mutron and octave. I don't play with an octave, but I do use a Qtron. I normally turn down my volume when I play with the Qtron on, so my sound is smooth and full. If I don't, then the Qtron sounds distorted. Very similar to the Mutron sounds of '77 which were somewhat distorted, compared to the smooth dynamic clear sound it has on the "Fire on the Mountain" from 12/31/1978. When it comes to tweaking pedals, I feel the envelopes are the most difficult.
This may be off topic, but I don't see why JK still insist on using that QSC power amp. I'm not sure what model it is, but it has to be at least 250 watts strong. He can't use all that power, which is enough to blow an E-120. I would imagine it doesn't color his sound at all. Seems he'd have much better luck with an actual guitar power amp. So, I looked at all the solid state power amps available on the market today. Found a couple which have nothing special about them, then I found the Roctron Velocity 300. Wow! It's a one unit rack power amp with two 150 watt channels. I would prefer 50 watt channels which is what the Roctron Velocity 100 has. But, the 300 has something called a“Reactance” circuit knob, the 100 power amp doesn't have this. The "Reactance" knob allows you to adjust the power amps sound, from a solid state sound to a tube amp sound. So, you can take it from solid-state sound right through the tube sound of say, a Marshall all the way up to a MesaBoogie tube sound. The 300 also has a "definition" knob, so there is plenty of tweaking room for you to find a good sound. It's also priced at a decent level, $350. After learning about all the cool things about this power amp, I feel a lot more comfortable and also encouraged to switch over from a tube fender amphead to a soon to be complex rack unit system.