This knowledge should help you get the most flexibility and usage from your compressor. Many bloggers will tell you what the “perfect” vocal compression settings are. Clean Sustained Lead. And I don’t want to mislead you. It is quite difficult to give very specific advice about suitable compression settings for acoustic guitar when mixing — the details will depend upon both what the role of the guitar part is within the mix and the style of the part played. There is no one-size-fits-all formula to vocal compression. I always use a compressor pedal with a blend knob, and the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip is a perfect pedal for keeping the presence on the acoustic guitar. But the truth is, it’s not that easy. I applied a preset bass guitar setting to my channel which included eq, compression, and a gate. I will show you how to find the best setting for an acoustic to make it sit well in a mix without clashing with other sounds. I set the volume to be the same volume when off as when the pedal is on. Heck, it’d certainly save me a few keystrokes. I wish I could do that too. I generally keep the Sustain up to about 11:00, and the Blend right up at 12:00. Can someone give me some pointers as to changes to the preset? Acoustic guitars are central to many live performances, but making them sound good through a PA isn't as straightforward as you might imagine. I want high notes to sustain, and low notes to be heard balanced with the high strings. I don't know a lot about compressors and my pedal was pretty easy to setup. After vocals, acoustic guitars are probably the most common instruments a live sound engineer has to deal with. If your compressor has a tone control, a brighter setting would be appropriate. I really like the way my bass sounds thru the mixer but I'm not sure that the compressor is doing much with the preset stuff. As a bonus, he says, a compressor pedal can also make a solid-state amp respond and sound more like a tube amp. The aim of this two-part article is to explain how a guitar compressor works from a practical view, highlight some features of compressor pedals, show some tried-and-true compressor uses, and introduce some not-so-obvious ones. There are no magic settings that work 100% of the time. Whether the acoustic is recorded via an amp or audio interface, make sure it sounds good from the source before mixing it. Obviously, the compressor isn’t a perfect replacement for these pedals, but as Phillip demonstrates, it can sometimes help you achieve similar goals, making them one of the most valuable tools you can have in your setup. These EQ techniques will work well for a live recorded guitar as well as a VST guitar. Attack – all the way up; Sustain – 12 o’clock; Set the Volume for a slight, audible boost so when you engage the comp, the single notes appear louder than your rhythm parts.