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TC Electronic HyperGravity Compressor
- Studio-quality Multiband Compressor
- Vintage Mode for classic stompbox compression
- TonePrint enabled - for a world of signature and customizable effects
- True or Buffered Bypass
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Adding to TC Electronic's successful line of TonePrint pedals, HyperGravity Compressor is the perfect tool to make any guitarist's tone go from good to great and features three outstanding and powerful compression modes. Despite this power, HyperGravity Compressor is still extremely simple to use and includes a built-in limiter for extra "effect-type" squashed compression tones. The multiband compressor is based on the same MD3 compression algorithm as featured in TC's definitive studio processor System 6000, giving a much more even and natural sounding compression across the frequency spectrum, a vintage-style compressor adds classic stompbox compressed tones plus endless compression combinations are available through TonePrint or via the TonePrint editor.
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1- the preset settings (vintage and spectra) sound good at first but are pretty awful after some play, mostly because of the massive amount of gain they come with. It is therefore well worth getting into Toneprint and creating your own 3-band compression profile. Just a few minutes of tweaking will yield satisfying results.
2- in Toneprint, start by turning off the “autogain” function, responsible for background hiss and also for the annoying latency response that many reviewers complain about.
3- also, make sure your dry signal is not turned off when “blend” is at zero (as it is in the default Toneprint setting), something which is counterproductive. Instead of no volume at zero level and zero blend, set the “level” to go from unity (same volume as your dry sound) to a good amount of gain without excess – mine is set to go from 10db at zero to 30db at full volume. This allows you to truly blend dry and compressed signals to your taste with the blend control, from fully dry to fully compressed. (not going crazy on the maximum gain will ensure that the Hypergravity does not throw off the settings on your other pedals, as some reviewers complain.)
4- now you can get into tweaking the 3 bands of compression if you wish, but just performing steps 2 and 3 will give you a gorgeous sounding compressor with plenty of gain and blend, sustain and attack. Compared to the Walrus Audio that has the same 4 controls, it sounds different but just as fantastic.
5- it took me a while to realize that you tweak the Toneprint settings by changing the curves on the graphics… neither the pedal nor the Toneprint manuals tell you that… Don’t forget to save your settings in Toneprint and also to your pedal.
6- the pedal did crash and reset itself a couple of times, as mentioned by another reviewer, when switching between compression profiles (spectra-toneprint-vintage). However it does not crash if you take the trouble to turn it off before going from one profile to the other and then turn it back on. Again, the suspect here seems to be the brutal “auto-gain”, which comes back on in "spectra" and "vintage".
7- as for its compatibility with other pedals, my experience is that it varies. Some overdrives/distorsions do not like it too much, some do and are enhanced by it. Position before or after matters. Also, I suspect proximity to fuzzes and buffers matters too. But isn't this true of numerous other pedals?
In conclusion, avoid this pedal if you are allergic to app editing and want your settings achieved quickly using a couple of knobs. Get it if you don’t mind spending a few minutes on your laptop to carve a great compressed sound. Thanks to the Toneprint editor, this pedal has incredible flexibility, and when set properly, few compressors can rival. As for analog vs digital, well, between the Walrus and the TC, it is hard to decide which one sounds better. I love them both. Five stars but the Toneprint instructions should be a lot more helpful.
In short, it's a winner. Don't hesitate.