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  • yoTrakkzyoTrakkz

    Love it

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 11/29/11 at 21:26
    The Boss CS-3 Compression is an analog compressor designed for use with the electric guitar, but is suitable for any electronic instrument. It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and has a specific power supply that will power it in addition to the battery compartment. It is a pretty sturdy pedal and is overall made pretty well. This is not a rackable piece of gear - it is a stomp box.


    UTILIZATION

    The make up of the CS-3 Compression is really simple and easy to follow as it has a series of four knobs that each will control a different aspect of your sound. From right to left it has knobs for compression, attack, volume, and emphasis, the latter of which is kind of like a tone kn…
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    The Boss CS-3 Compression is an analog compressor designed for use with the electric guitar, but is suitable for any electronic instrument. It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and has a specific power supply that will power it in addition to the battery compartment. It is a pretty sturdy pedal and is overall made pretty well. This is not a rackable piece of gear - it is a stomp box.


    UTILIZATION

    The make up of the CS-3 Compression is really simple and easy to follow as it has a series of four knobs that each will control a different aspect of your sound. From right to left it has knobs for compression, attack, volume, and emphasis, the latter of which is kind of like a tone knob. This is pretty much all there is to it and anyone with any sort of experience with guitar pedals or compressors won't have too much trouble with it. I don't have the manual for this pedal but it is easy enough to use that you don't really need it.


    SOUND QUALITY

    The sound of the CS-3 Compression is a bit above average and will definitely do what it advertises to do, which is compress your guitar signal in any way you see fit. I usually use this pedal with a Fender Strat and a 1976 Fender Twin Reverb and I'm always pretty happy with the results I am able to get. There is a good amount of control over your tone available, which adds to the overall number of sounds that are possible with this pedal. While I've used some better compression pedals before, the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is a nice pedal in its own right.


    OVERALL OPINION

    I first used CS-3 Compression guitar pedal about two or three years ago and since then it has always done well for me. I like the overall tone it has and the ease of use makes it a good option for players on all experience levels. The price is very reasonable if not downright cheap and certainly gives you some bang for your buck. While I prefer the Boss CS-3 compression pedal to this one, the CS 3 is a good pedal and will last a while if you treat it properly.
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  • King LoudnessKing Loudness

    Eh...

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 10/13/11 at 09:24
    The BOSS CS3 Compression Sustainer is the third generation compressor pedal by the company and it basically is designed to do what the name implies. It compresses the signal going into the amp to give it a bit more punch and sustain to the sound. Lots of country and other real tone gurus use them and so I figured I'd give this famed unit a try. It features four controls which are level, attack, tone and sustain. It's housed in the typical BOSS casing and is powered by either a 9v battery or a power adaptor.

    UTILIZATION

    Setting up this pedal to get tones happening is pretty simple. BOSS has a great way of interfacing their pedals intuitively, which is great for first time users. Th…
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    The BOSS CS3 Compression Sustainer is the third generation compressor pedal by the company and it basically is designed to do what the name implies. It compresses the signal going into the amp to give it a bit more punch and sustain to the sound. Lots of country and other real tone gurus use them and so I figured I'd give this famed unit a try. It features four controls which are level, attack, tone and sustain. It's housed in the typical BOSS casing and is powered by either a 9v battery or a power adaptor.

    UTILIZATION

    Setting up this pedal to get tones happening is pretty simple. BOSS has a great way of interfacing their pedals intuitively, which is great for first time users. That being said, I don't care for the tone of this compressor at all in its stock form. It has a very dead and lifeless quality to it that I just cannot get into. It might have been my particular pedal but I just found it to sound fairly anemic and not add the punch that I assumed it was going to.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Perhaps I'm spoiled by the boutique and vintage pedal market, but I honestly find it rare that BOSS makes a pedal (with a few exceptions) that sounds legitimately good. As I stated prior, I really just found this compressor to sound pretty bland and dull. I didn't hear any real chime or sparkle in the clean tones, nor any real increase in punch or sustain. The drive tones lost a lot of clarity and definition and overall I just ended up taking the CS3 out of my rig after about a week of fighting it to get it to sound good. It actually turned me off the idea of using a compressor for a long time and that didn't change unil I tried and subsequently bought a Diamond Compressor. I hear the nodded BOSS Compressors sound better than the stock ones but I've never tried those personally.

    OVERALL OPINION

    All in all I advise you to stay away from the BOSS CS3. it really doesn't improve the tone all that much and when put next to a REAL compressor like a Diamond, Keeley or vintage MXR, it's all but totally outclassed. I would personally much rather save up extra and get one of the above three comps as they sOund far superior to this BOSS unit by far.
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  • zakk wyldezakk wylde

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 07/02/04 at 09:27
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    It is his job to top

    UTILIZATION

    Use very simple

    SOUND QUALITY

    Quality sound with return
    excellent for tapping or hammer ....
    Class

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had one years ago
    very strong
    impressive quality prices
  • Ceddie1974Ceddie1974

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 12/19/04 at 01:20
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    Comp sustainer ... Ultra Basic ... very simple!

    Pedal-powered by battery or can connect a power supply like all the Boss.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple setup ... 4 knobs ... you turn, you find your sound and you play! Point bar!

    Obviously no manual ... should not exaggerate!

    SOUND QUALITY

    Sound quality to go! The only downside ... as with most comp ... important if a breath was heavy handed on the level!

    But after all this is the art of mastering the knob of his scratching, his comp and possibly his table ...

    For a big power game ... I think a noise gate will not be too many!

    OVERALL OPINION

    Simple, inexpensive, readily usable, its repection the guitar…
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    Comp sustainer ... Ultra Basic ... very simple!

    Pedal-powered by battery or can connect a power supply like all the Boss.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple setup ... 4 knobs ... you turn, you find your sound and you play! Point bar!

    Obviously no manual ... should not exaggerate!

    SOUND QUALITY

    Sound quality to go! The only downside ... as with most comp ... important if a breath was heavy handed on the level!

    But after all this is the art of mastering the knob of his scratching, his comp and possibly his table ...

    For a big power game ... I think a noise gate will not be too many!

    OVERALL OPINION

    Simple, inexpensive, readily usable, its repection the guitar ... breath to control ... regret this purchase = 0 ... it's cheap and it's worth it as long they are needed ... what is the case today for all users of multi-effects, amp simulators, preamp and co ...

    Do not hesitate ... a small object that will fit into your set!
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  • BassistutaBassistuta

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 03/15/05 at 04:03
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    It's solid
    Or battery power supply
    4 rglages = Volume, Tone, Attack and Sustain

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is simple but then use = WARNING!
    The edition of his INTERESTED is not easy but if you get there.
    The knobs until the first quarter do not leave anything in the last quarter and is trs trs ugly.
    Sustain us with a great buzz (prvoir a noise-gate) from the middle of the race, which challenges the prsence this option on the pedals.
    I actually tried a guitar, thinking it might be n'tait not "think" for bassists. But there is no AIM at all. Too many blows and parasite, which is the height of a compression pedals.
    It does not support the comparison with a Marshall…
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    It's solid
    Or battery power supply
    4 rglages = Volume, Tone, Attack and Sustain

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is simple but then use = WARNING!
    The edition of his INTERESTED is not easy but if you get there.
    The knobs until the first quarter do not leave anything in the last quarter and is trs trs ugly.
    Sustain us with a great buzz (prvoir a noise-gate) from the middle of the race, which challenges the prsence this option on the pedals.
    I actually tried a guitar, thinking it might be n'tait not "think" for bassists. But there is no AIM at all. Too many blows and parasite, which is the height of a compression pedals.
    It does not support the comparison with a Marshall or a DBX.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Trs mean not to say anything else but each must be his opinion.
    The sustain is horrible and always will be a zero-if the cans in the face in concert.
    The sound is not Exceeds either to half the risk of big surprises in addition to other effects.
    The roundness is difficult to find trs.
    All horribly lacking warmth.
    It is true that AZF I trimballe has not help. But even alone, it is not convincing at all.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have been offered my beginners.
    What I saw was not too used to the end, j'tais not happy at all sound.
    The particular feature I like best?? Frankly, I have not found.
    C'tait my first model and then what I tried bcp silent most convincing (especially the ED1)
    Report honnte quality price is not the ruin and is sold as easily.
    The choice of exprience again arises since the n'tait not a purchase but if I had tried with my friends the pedals, I think that I will have bought.
    She did not covenant so I sold it.
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  • patvmaxpatvmax

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 02/01/06 at 16:19
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    bof, very useful .. it has been used against the varieties of the 80's, the typical "My Legionnaire" Gainsbarre awful song, it's that sound in intro (pun intended) and some titles DURAN DURAN ..

    UTILIZATION

    My boss who likes the same is not worth it, except for sounds weird .. By against it gives a good sustain for a guitar pickups very low .. but hello breath!

    SOUND QUALITY

    if you find japan is ok, you have a good sustain, but the breath + feedback are awful (yes I repeat myself) with a powerful amp. (Especially lamps) is prohibited.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I do not recommend it.
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    bof, very useful .. it has been used against the varieties of the 80's, the typical "My Legionnaire" Gainsbarre awful song, it's that sound in intro (pun intended) and some titles DURAN DURAN ..

    UTILIZATION

    My boss who likes the same is not worth it, except for sounds weird .. By against it gives a good sustain for a guitar pickups very low .. but hello breath!

    SOUND QUALITY

    if you find japan is ok, you have a good sustain, but the breath + feedback are awful (yes I repeat myself) with a powerful amp. (Especially lamps) is prohibited.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I do not recommend it.
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  • MattJiMattJi

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 08/30/06 at 02:56
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    The PDAL is a compressor / sustainer of rglage possdant 4 knobs:
    level: compression ratio,
    Tone: capacity to bring out your notes and chords,
    Attack: range compression (min you compress the bass and treble to max)
    Sustain: attack your notes and chords.

    It can be battery powered or AC adapter (ACA Boss prefrence).

    UTILIZATION

    With this kind of pedals you must be patient enough to find the desired sound. Thanks 4 the pedals and the knobs you can get any sound for any musical genre. In the beginners you will configure and as and when you change it for anything other than dpart, it will spend a little time consuming but when you have the config you are looking for will be …
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    The PDAL is a compressor / sustainer of rglage possdant 4 knobs:
    level: compression ratio,
    Tone: capacity to bring out your notes and chords,
    Attack: range compression (min you compress the bass and treble to max)
    Sustain: attack your notes and chords.

    It can be battery powered or AC adapter (ACA Boss prefrence).

    UTILIZATION

    With this kind of pedals you must be patient enough to find the desired sound. Thanks 4 the pedals and the knobs you can get any sound for any musical genre. In the beginners you will configure and as and when you change it for anything other than dpart, it will spend a little time consuming but when you have the config you are looking for will be the r ve for you. I did not have a manual because I had used but there is frankly not necessary.
    For my part I have rglages 8/7/6/6 in the order in NONC CHARACTERISTICS for his mtal mtallica or the Black Label Society.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect is trs trs ffective compression is good nickel is this view l. But I use it with the noise suppressor in the Boss (NS2) to eliminate the noise it produces standard saturated so I can play all the time otherwise it is virtually impossible compress. Unless you put your knobs below half and it's possible but you will not be at maximum potential of it. In his clear is a DLIC, no need noise gate, I limpression I play with an amp lights when I possde MG100DFX a marshall and the notes are saturated trs pr cises but I also possde EMG 81 on my grates so has helped a little.
    I put 6 without and 10 with NS2, normal

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a month and I redcouvre other opportunities for solo playing and I could not do before. I have not tried other models but I have seen a lot in a magazine a little bit o Students they all compressors. In this j'apprcie pedals especially not attack knob Submitted on all compressors. In OCCAZ 45 euros hsit I do not for one second, well I repeat that choice sr without problem. But it's true that if you possdez a noise gate and more in your set, Do not hesitate.
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  • BerzinBerzin

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 12/08/06 at 04:53
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    The CS3 is a compressor with four rglages: level, tone, attack and sustain. It can be battery powered and AC adapter. The case is solid and compact. Attention, with some power supply, it produces a trslgre distorition.

    UTILIZATION

    There are few buttons, but it is true that it is difficult to find a really nice sound without tampering with the knobs a good time. I got it used, I do not know the manual, but it should not be necessary.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I use this amp with modeling lamps and, guitars and various single and double coils. Must be assayed attack and sustain with caution, failing to have its synthetic trs. However, for some music (rock or funk Genre Year 70), may…
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    The CS3 is a compressor with four rglages: level, tone, attack and sustain. It can be battery powered and AC adapter. The case is solid and compact. Attention, with some power supply, it produces a trslgre distorition.

    UTILIZATION

    There are few buttons, but it is true that it is difficult to find a really nice sound without tampering with the knobs a good time. I got it used, I do not know the manual, but it should not be necessary.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I use this amp with modeling lamps and, guitars and various single and double coils. Must be assayed attack and sustain with caution, failing to have its synthetic trs. However, for some music (rock or funk Genre Year 70), may be pleasant. Also, the pedals quickly trs noisy, producing a large breath. There should be a noise gate Intgr.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for six years. J'apprcie compression rate strong enough, but I regret the breath. I Line 6 possde a constrictor, which is more versatile, gives more natural sound and a noise gate possde trs is effective. It is unfortunately a little more than CHRE CS3. Boss should modernize the MODEL (the addition of a noise gate would not hurt). DEFINITIONS in, it colors the sound great, which is not INTERESTED in you love the type of sound it offers. It is therefore essential to try before you buy. Trs type, it will not fit everyone.
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  • ClayguesClaygues

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 08/12/07 at 04:08
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Compression analog mono guitar.

    UTILIZATION

    4 knobs. We must learn to use it, and ill rglages may render it unusable.
    The tone really changes the rendering, but an equalizer before and / or APRS can still amliorer things.
    The attack played his rle of rglage time dclenchement of rduction level.
    The argument is sustain most ractif, 12 as its neutral position. Below is a short sound, and above it the extension. But it must be measured, because the higher up the knob, the breath becomes more tempt see hurricane.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The range of possibilities is quite wide.
    TRS Compression is pronounced, the rate is high.
    I like this, the compression, but the sound neve…
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    Compression analog mono guitar.

    UTILIZATION

    4 knobs. We must learn to use it, and ill rglages may render it unusable.
    The tone really changes the rendering, but an equalizer before and / or APRS can still amliorer things.
    The attack played his rle of rglage time dclenchement of rduction level.
    The argument is sustain most ractif, 12 as its neutral position. Below is a short sound, and above it the extension. But it must be measured, because the higher up the knob, the breath becomes more tempt see hurricane.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The range of possibilities is quite wide.
    TRS Compression is pronounced, the rate is high.
    I like this, the compression, but the sound never got compltement satisfactory. There are too many blows, and then the sound becomes muddy.
    Grant in the game well on the instrument you get to shine, the resort is ice on the harmonics and dtails movement of fingers.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is not an easy effect to use. He asks a game prcis.
    Plus I used it more I'd have to try other models.
    The effect is INTERESTED but the sound was too much wind.
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  • cedartcedart

    Blues box ...

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 09/22/11 at 14:21
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    A compressor sutainer transistor ... Everything has been said in previous posts.

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is relatively simple, the knobs all have an effect on the sound, to put all the setting to 12 and gradual change each setting to get the sound for you .....

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect of compression and very effective and also sutainer. I use it mainly with a Gibson Custom Lespaul and a Fender Stratocaster Japan 54.
    The effect gives a coloration very "blues" sounds to you crunch the legendary solos without forcing and without loss of momentum in the cascades of notes.
    For clean sounds emerge from the arpeggios mix easily by adding a color just flapping in th…
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    A compressor sutainer transistor ... Everything has been said in previous posts.

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is relatively simple, the knobs all have an effect on the sound, to put all the setting to 12 and gradual change each setting to get the sound for you .....

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect of compression and very effective and also sutainer. I use it mainly with a Gibson Custom Lespaul and a Fender Stratocaster Japan 54.
    The effect gives a coloration very "blues" sounds to you crunch the legendary solos without forcing and without loss of momentum in the cascades of notes.
    For clean sounds emerge from the arpeggios mix easily by adding a color just flapping in the rather pleasant.
    It is true that it generates a little breath in the extreme settings, but nothing really disturbing was the transistor so people sensitive to winds will turn to an optical compressor ... (BBE or Aphex example)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a month, the first compressor I use and should be fully in my use.
    The value for money is not bad but try before you buy any effect as it brings a particular grain can not please everyone!!
    I would do this choice without blinking ....
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