Shine On You Crazy Diamond (David Gilmour) – Mild compression with moderate gain and peak reduction settings. A mild compression tightens up clean tones and overdrives sound more focused and sustained. Thanks to Bjorn Riss of Gilmourish for recording this sound sample.
Sultans of Swing (Mark Knopfler) – Using light compression here to enhance and add sustain to a stock Strat. This sample was recorded direct using the the PC-2A straight into an Edirol UA-25 sound capture device. Reverb and cab sim. were added post recording using EpicVerb and Lecab VST plugins. Backing rhythm guitar, drums and bass by Dan Steenson.
Once Upon a Time in the West (Mark Knopfler) – Using subtle and light compression here to fatten and smooth out my Strat. Backing rhythm guitar is Strat with Phaseomatic on it.
Blues breakup/drive – Using the PC-2A tube compressor with ‘Peak Reduction’ knob set to zero so that the pedal works as boost to push a Fender Tweed further into drive. The PC-2A is in true bypass for the first 4 bars then I kick it in for some additional grit and drive.
Jangly Tones – Using subtle and light compression here to add some life and warmth to my Strat. This track was recorded using a stock Strat, Fender Tweed and a Palmer PDI-09 DI box.
Sex Machine (J. Brown) – Fire Bottle tube boost and PC-2A compressor together. This cool James Brown groove was recorded by Dan Steenson of Majika
Every Breath You Take (Andy Summers) – Andy Summers is an innovative composer and one of my all time favorite guitarists. Here I’m using the PC-2A Compressor in ‘Limit’ mode and the Blackbird tube preamp to add a little harmonic richness and warmth to ‘Every Breath You Take’ (no speaker emulation was used). Some chorus and delay were added post recording using Kjaerhus Audio VST plug-ins.
Message in a Bottle (Andy Summers) – Using ‘Limiter’ mode to create a heavier compression. The guitar was recorded direct into soundcard – the PC-2A is so forgiving, warm and musical that I didn’t see the need to use speaker emulation or run the guitar signal through an amp. A little chorus and reverb were added post recording.
Fingerstyle (electric) – Thanks to Phil Gooch for making this beautiful sound sample.
Rhiannon (Lindsey Buckingham) – PC-2A in ‘Limit’ mode with ‘Peak Reduction’ knob set at 1 o’clock. The guitar is recorded direct to soundcard with no speaker emulator, preamp or signal conditioning. A little reverb was added post recording.
Binson Echorec tone enhancement – Here I’m using the PC-2A comp as a tone enhancer by placing it before the input of a Binson Evo Special – a transistorised model designed by Marcello Patruno. The first four measures are with the PC-2A in bypass and the effect on the tone is very obvious when the pedal is engaged as it opens out the sound to let it breathe making a huge improvement on dynamics and clarity. Just imagine what this little tube compressor can do for your core guitar tone – it even makes tube amps sounds better!
Red Barchetta (Alex Lifeson) – Using medium compression to post Tube Drive (distortion) to smooth and level out the sound.
Four Twelve Strings – Just having fun here at layering up tracks to create a lush wall of 12 string guitars – who needs keyboards, eh!?
Turn, Turn, Turn (Roger McGuinn) – Rickenbacker 330 12-string recorded direct via the PC-2A tube compressor pedal. This is the same process that was used to record Roger McGuinn’s guitar for many of the original Byrds tracks – Rickenbacker 12-string direct onto tape via a Teletronix LA-2A tube compressor. The story goes that the sound engineer was concerned with overload damaging his monitor speakers so he insisted that guitars were run through a compressor during recording to limit any signal peaks – McGuinn loved the sustaining tone of the Rickenbacker through the LA-2A and the Byrds sound was born!
Mr Tambourine Man (Roger McGuinn) – Rickenbacker 330 12-string recorded direct via the PC-2A tube compressor pedal.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Roger McGuinn) – Three Rickenbacker 330 12-strings! Recorded direct via the PC-2A tube compressor pedal. I added some reverb post recording using Kjaerhus Audio VST Classic Reverb plugin. Backing bass guitar also uses the PC-2A to add some subtle leveling and tone enhancement.
Fingerstyle (acoustic piezo) –
A Waltz for Leah (Adrian Legg) – A beautiful tune by Adrian Legg. Recorded live at McCabe’s.
Acoustic I (Adrian Legg) –
Acoustic II (Adrian Legg) –
Clean compression –
Acoustic (Adrian Legg) –
Money (bass) – Sample recorded by Phil Shiell of BantabaX on 5-string active Status bass.
Walking on the Moon (bass) – Sample recorded by Phil Shiell of BantabaX on 5-string active Status bass.
Broken Wings (bass) – Sample recorded by Phil Shiell of BantabaX on 5-string active Status bass.
Fields of Gold (NS stick) – Sample recorded by Phil Shiell of BantabaX on NS Stick.
Once in a lifetime (NS stick) – Sample recorded by Phil Shiell of BantabaX on NS Stick.