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It’s easy to overlook the humble compressor, but Dave has two of them on his board – the Barber Tone Press and the BOSS CS-3.
“The Barber is an awesome compressor,” says Dave. “You can blend your compressed signal and the dry signal so it’s not just completely compressed the whole time.
But what about the humble CS-3?
“This thing I don’t actually really ever use during a song,” he says sheepishly. “I use it between songs when I want to sample something. I turn this on to lower the signal so that it’s not going through the front-of-house at full volume. I don’t ever use that in a song because it’s just… [makes a disgusted-looking face]… y’know? [Laughs] Actually I think I should just paint this another colour or something to hide it!”
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