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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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In short, it's a winner. Don't hesitate.
I like to use some compression to fatten up my clean tone for some funkier rhythm playing. I play both a strat and a tele through a Marshall tube combo amp. I run my signal through a compressor, a Blues Driver with the gain real low that stays on all the time, and then an overdrive pedal as needed. All this goes into the Marshall's clean channel with the gain set at about 50%.
There were a few things about the HyperGravity that led me to return it:
1) It's not plug-and-play friendly. Yes, it has the ability to dial in some custom tones, but that takes work. I want something I can drop on a pedal board and tweak right out of the box, and this pedal doesn't do that.
2) It makes my overall tone dark, swampy, muddy. Strats in particular have this great shimmering tone, but the HyperGravity kills that.
3) It adds noticeable gain. In one sense, this pedal by itself adds some of that subtle gain that I get from running my Blues Driver all the time. There's a quality similar to a transparent overdrive. But, unfortunately, this just isn't practical. It makes it more difficult to dial in a true clean sound, and then there's what it does down the signal path..
4) It makes my other pedals sound like garbage. Though when used by itself it makes the tone muddy, it also somehow manages to make overdrive pedals farther down the signal path tinny, with a less pleasing breakup.
I've previously been using the Joyo compresser, which costs $37: https://www.amazon.com/JOYO-JF-10-Dynamic-Compressor-Guitar/dp/B007T8CUNG/
With the Joyo, I had a real nice twangy sound with my bridge pickups and a great bluesy, funk thing going with neck pickups. Just swapping out the Joyo for the HyperGravity, I ended up with very aggressive tones, with a lot more breakup and distortion from the drives. It's as if the HyperGravity was trying to do JOYO JF-10 Dynamic Compressor Guitar Effect Pedalmore to my signal than it was supposed to, and just not playing well with others.
I could see this pedal playing an important role for a musician that maybe plays through solid state gear, or primarily uses clean tones. Otherwise, it's honestly just not fun to play with. It's too much work to get good tone.