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  • charly700charly700

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 09/15/07 at 14:00
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    Test this with APRS noon shop stratocaster standard amp marshall vintage modern (and clean mode satursur orange cab 4 x 12 celestion vintage 30.

    Trs effective as pedals.

    breath? yeah makes sense. Pq? the device enhances weak signals (and those strong lime). So the noise level increases if we increase the sustain knob.

    Clearly there are the blows because pparatus doing its job.

    I compared with the compressor diamond on the same line and same amp in the same store today: the boss works, but the diamond certainly diffrent autant.Pq breath? such, it compresses the sound so enhances weak signals and thus the noise level.

    When you…
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    Test this with APRS noon shop stratocaster standard amp marshall vintage modern (and clean mode satursur orange cab 4 x 12 celestion vintage 30.

    Trs effective as pedals.

    breath? yeah makes sense. Pq? the device enhances weak signals (and those strong lime). So the noise level increases if we increase the sustain knob.

    Clearly there are the blows because pparatus doing its job.

    I compared with the compressor diamond on the same line and same amp in the same store today: the boss works, but the diamond certainly diffrent autant.Pq breath? such, it compresses the sound so enhances weak signals and thus the noise level.

    When you put an overdrive or distortion derrire this phnomne is accentuated. and this is normal and it means that everything works. The more you compress and sustain the more you put on a noise.

    diamond better boss? yes no doubt the quality of components, not because it is DIFFERENT: the boss allows more compression, but also allows the diamond to cut or increase the treble without coloring the sound.

    attention: to boost a solo, it's better to put an overdrive to boost the saturation or volume. The compressor acts only on the intelligibility of the notes.

    Not bad: putting the diamond cs3 APRS: I found the sound INTERESTED trs.

    For newbies

    OVERALL OPINION

    I find it a lot without being extraordinary. I Nanmoins a diamond or even a kind SETTING THE compression even more pronounced.
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  • lobolobo

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 05/07/08 at 04:07
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    I read things completely wrong in these opinions.
    A compressor is indeed difficult to understand! That is the role of the buttons: <ul>
    level is the level of output after the effect (the master of sorts)
    tone is a course correction bass / treble (like radio)
    attack is the attack time. The longer this is maintained over the initial attack before compresses
    Sustain is the gain before the compression.Plus we put, the more you will have the sensation of "pumping" sound.

    UTILIZATION

    There are many different uses. <ul>
    synth: 0 attack, lots of sustain, chorus behind: the sound will be compressed when the attack
    may be required to submit with the Treble tone. The breath is i…
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    I read things completely wrong in these opinions.
    A compressor is indeed difficult to understand! That is the role of the buttons: <ul>
    level is the level of output after the effect (the master of sorts)
    tone is a course correction bass / treble (like radio)
    attack is the attack time. The longer this is maintained over the initial attack before compresses
    Sustain is the gain before the compression.Plus we put, the more you will have the sensation of "pumping" sound.

    UTILIZATION

    There are many different uses. <ul>
    synth: 0 attack, lots of sustain, chorus behind: the sound will be compressed when the attack
    may be required to submit with the Treble tone. The breath is inevitably raised.
    clean / half blues attack, sustain the same, then there are the notes ataque while controlling aggressive peaks. Low drool least, the highs are more mellow.
    OverDrive one before it can be used to boost the gain and sustain to have "infinite"
    compreseur goes before the amp in 99.99% of cases if it is useless
    before a very large saturation it will not help the already saturated pad!
    When the amp is very loud, the compressor may become useless.

    SOUND QUALITY

    We must spend time to find the setting.
    On stage settings will certainly be a little different.
    The sound is OK, without charm but does not alter too much the guitar either.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have the BOSS and Dynacomp. On the latter lacks the setting time of attack.
    The BOSS allows me to return home without playing a punchy sound too hard. My amp on stage compress itself not bad, I see less utility.
    The value for money is good (bought used)
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  • papatourspapatours

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 11/01/08 at 11:58
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    This is the compression / sustain is a rebalancing of the levels of what he was going home.
    analog technology.

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is so simple once we understand the system: the attack increases the rise of the note (above definition), sustain increases the level by amplifying increasing soft sounds and limiting the maximum the other has a defined level.
    the goal is reached, the sustain comes quickly saturated and therefore the harmonics and sonuffle too, but clearly the "attack" gives the definition for a humbucker.
    To eliminate the breath, lower the "tone" to the grave.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Well I have not tried other compressors, other than those of cakewa…
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    This is the compression / sustain is a rebalancing of the levels of what he was going home.
    analog technology.

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is so simple once we understand the system: the attack increases the rise of the note (above definition), sustain increases the level by amplifying increasing soft sounds and limiting the maximum the other has a defined level.
    the goal is reached, the sustain comes quickly saturated and therefore the harmonics and sonuffle too, but clearly the "attack" gives the definition for a humbucker.
    To eliminate the breath, lower the "tone" to the grave.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Well I have not tried other compressors, other than those of cakewalk or cubase or my GSP 21, so live it fast and efficient as desired. I put in last day behind a RV-3 and Boss MT-2 to remove the side aigrillard the MT-2 to an input of transistor amp I had the impression of having a tube amp (well just for the compression).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 10 years and I rediscovered, I do not do the scene and take in general to limit and enhance the sound before the amp.
    Value for money it does but you have to use it.
    Unless you have a lot more money for a compressuer Lampre I would do to this choice.
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  • laurentdomlaurentdom

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 08/10/09 at 02:46
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    Buy a little blind to try to improve my sustain.
    Occaz 40 euros on eBay.

    A rception, my first attempts were disastrous. Not by difficulty rglages but by the breath and the feedback on this omniprsents pedals. Submitted so that I feel the pedals unusable. It screams piercing ds amp, my cat has failed to go hang himself ...
    So, no!

    Then consult with the forums here and I am interested in the mod called "Big Jack" which is via an electronic kit, modify certain components of the motherboard of the CS-3. All for a 12aine euros (go to EBay to find AC).
    A pal hacker hack ca me in 20 minutes.

    New tests and .... shock!
    The PDAL has nothing do with the original! More feedback parasit…
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    Buy a little blind to try to improve my sustain.
    Occaz 40 euros on eBay.

    A rception, my first attempts were disastrous. Not by difficulty rglages but by the breath and the feedback on this omniprsents pedals. Submitted so that I feel the pedals unusable. It screams piercing ds amp, my cat has failed to go hang himself ...
    So, no!

    Then consult with the forums here and I am interested in the mod called "Big Jack" which is via an electronic kit, modify certain components of the motherboard of the CS-3. All for a 12aine euros (go to EBay to find AC).
    A pal hacker hack ca me in 20 minutes.

    New tests and .... shock!
    The PDAL has nothing do with the original! More feedback parasite omniprsent of breath, nothing! Knobs and even the bottom!
    The pedals thus becomes sublime.
    Sounds are rehausss, especially clean. The attack results in a note his own note, while both ds enhanced treble and midrange. This is perfect for blues, especially if you add a slight chorus.

    the rglages require a little time to find his research ... but there's no need going through polytechnic to do so.

    In rsum pedals crap home, after great changes. <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt="mrgreen" />

    Note origin: 2 / 10
    Note pedal changes: 12/10

    Site Reseller Kit: http://msm.workshop.free.fr/modCS3.html
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  • Mr High GainMr High Gain

    Very complicated

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 07/02/11 at 08:29
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    digital pedal that adds sustain. Indeed very much thinking.

    UTILIZATION

    Hyper complicated configuration should be to equip a monster patience. Pedal blows a lot! buying a noise gate with this effect is required to take advantage of this effect.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect itself is very good and think but the breath is unacceptable because it is a monster from the middle of the knob is making it hard to master effect but if you have a noise gate jump on it a very good effect.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Try in the store yesterday I did not catch. But if you have the best noise gate take this effect is worth it but if you do not have noise does not even think about this eff…
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    digital pedal that adds sustain. Indeed very much thinking.

    UTILIZATION

    Hyper complicated configuration should be to equip a monster patience. Pedal blows a lot! buying a noise gate with this effect is required to take advantage of this effect.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect itself is very good and think but the breath is unacceptable because it is a monster from the middle of the knob is making it hard to master effect but if you have a noise gate jump on it a very good effect.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Try in the store yesterday I did not catch. But if you have the best noise gate take this effect is worth it but if you do not have noise does not even think about this effect.
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    Last comp

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 07/13/11 at 13:27
    This is Boss's third and final installment of the compression pedal. They took what they weren't able to do with the Boss CS-2 and compounded upon that platform to create the Boss Cs-3. They have been producing this pedal since 1986 and is still available today. So in 25+ years they haven't updated this pedal.

    The CS-3 saw a chip replacement during the early 90's. Early pedals used a voltage controlled amplifier (VCA) DBX1252 but it was changed to a THAT2159 some time in the early 90s. The pedal was modified for the PSA adapter in 1997.

    UTILIZATION

    Specifications

    Controls: Level, Tone, Attack, Sustain
    Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
    Current Draw: 10 mA (…
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    This is Boss's third and final installment of the compression pedal. They took what they weren't able to do with the Boss CS-2 and compounded upon that platform to create the Boss Cs-3. They have been producing this pedal since 1986 and is still available today. So in 25+ years they haven't updated this pedal.

    The CS-3 saw a chip replacement during the early 90's. Early pedals used a voltage controlled amplifier (VCA) DBX1252 but it was changed to a THAT2159 some time in the early 90s. The pedal was modified for the PSA adapter in 1997.

    UTILIZATION

    Specifications

    Controls: Level, Tone, Attack, Sustain
    Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
    Current Draw: 10 mA (DC 9V)
    Weight: 400g (15 oz.)
    Recommended AC Adaptor: ACA (black label) or PSA (silver label)


    SOUND QUALITY

    The Boss CS-3 will compress high input frequencies and boost low input signals which will in turn give a much better sustain to the notes you on the guitars.. However, by boosting the lows of your signal comes a lot more noise in the circuit. This will increase the amount of noise you hear in the signal.

    The compression pedal in general works best with effects such as choruses and delays. This give the needed boost in order for those repeats and lush chorus modulations to jump out in the mix much better.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This pedal is still around today. At new they come in at around $99. That is a good price for this pedal. Not really the pedal I would get for compression, but a decent one nonetheless. I prefer the Keeley Compressor. that pedal is probably the best pedal out on the market today.
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  • fifiou_123fifiou_123

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 12/16/09 at 22:57
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    compressor

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple one obtains immediately a good sound deal at twelve o'clock

    SOUND QUALITY

    sustain breath after midday but it crushes the sound too so it's not worth going there

    OVERALL OPINION

    Thanks to this pedal my marshall amp has a warm sound, like jazz or blues good. And then there are more attack. I do spend more, it is always connected. All sets at noon there is little wind. It does not bother. So it amplified the effects (chorus, delay). And for the rhythmic dechannées is genial, the volume remains regular, very effective ...
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    compressor

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple one obtains immediately a good sound deal at twelve o'clock

    SOUND QUALITY

    sustain breath after midday but it crushes the sound too so it's not worth going there

    OVERALL OPINION

    Thanks to this pedal my marshall amp has a warm sound, like jazz or blues good. And then there are more attack. I do spend more, it is always connected. All sets at noon there is little wind. It does not bother. So it amplified the effects (chorus, delay). And for the rhythmic dechannées is genial, the volume remains regular, very effective ...
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  • denieddenied

    I'd pass

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 05/19/11 at 17:54
    - Controls for level, tone, attack, and sustain

    - LED battery indicator

    - Easy access battery compartment

    - Powered by 9v battery or Boss style adapter

    - Solid enclosure

    - Boss buffered bypass

    UTILIZATION

    Quite a bit of control actually. The volume knob is self explanatory, as is tone. Sustain lets you dial in how long you want your notes to ring. Compression dials in the extent to which you are squashing the signal volume, boosting lows, and bringing down anything loud.

    The Battery change feature actually really nice, a lot of pedals require unscrewing the bottom of the pedal, this is quite a bit simpler.

    Generally, I've found the buffer to be very low quali…
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    - Controls for level, tone, attack, and sustain

    - LED battery indicator

    - Easy access battery compartment

    - Powered by 9v battery or Boss style adapter

    - Solid enclosure

    - Boss buffered bypass

    UTILIZATION

    Quite a bit of control actually. The volume knob is self explanatory, as is tone. Sustain lets you dial in how long you want your notes to ring. Compression dials in the extent to which you are squashing the signal volume, boosting lows, and bringing down anything loud.

    The Battery change feature actually really nice, a lot of pedals require unscrewing the bottom of the pedal, this is quite a bit simpler.

    Generally, I've found the buffer to be very low quality, and really does a horrible job of preserving your bypass tone.

    SOUND QUALITY

    To be honest, this is one of the very worst compressors that I have had the pleasure using. In a nutshell, it turns your guitar into a rubber band. Some compressors will do a pretty good job of retaining some dynamics. This one pretty much steamrolls your playing, you get one one volume, that is it. The higher up the compression and sustain settings, the more noise you get. And forget about using it with anything high gain, that will take you right into the land of feedback.

    Very little that I like about the sound of this pedal at all. I found it to be pretty much unusable.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Save your money. Compression isn't really an effect that you ever want to cheap out on. It can destroy your tone far too easily. At this price point, look into the MXR dynacomp. For a little more, the Barber Tone Press is killer. And for a little more than that, the Diamond Compressor is hands down the best I've used, topping an $800 BJFE compressor in my opinion.

    There really isn't any budget or setup that I would recommend this under.

    Pass.
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  • tasektasek

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 01/23/10 at 02:40
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    I just give an opinion specifically on the amendment called "The Squeezer" pedaldoc.com supposed to give a sound more organic and warm to the pedal, while reducing the breath.
    To know that I do not use this pedal on a guitar but on a MPC1000 to compress my kicks and my rhythm.
    Level of grain is perfect I change the sound I desired, treble sound better one really understands why we sell more organic sound.
    When the breath nothing has really changed, once we move beyond noon on characterizing breath back pedal.
    In summary if you do not wish to sustain too hard and you want to give more to his personality that his amendment is perfect.
  • Audiofanzine FRAudiofanzine FR

    Boss CS-3 Compression SustainerPublished on 12/15/08 at 03:24
    (Originally written by Marty62100/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
    4 knobs:

    Tone, Level, Attack, Sustain

    9-volt operation.

    --- EDIT ---

    The pedal has been modified;

    UTILIZATION

    Quite easy but it's a compressor so you have to get used to the way it works.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I'm satisfied with it but I think I will test other models. Considering its price, you could even buy it just to get to know what a compressor is.

    I find the effect pretty effective especially on the attacks. It's also possible to use soft compression.

    It is more effective with a clean sound than with an overdrive. With distortion the effect didn't convince me at all.

    But it does enhance cl…
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    (Originally written by Marty62100/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
    4 knobs:

    Tone, Level, Attack, Sustain

    9-volt operation.

    --- EDIT ---

    The pedal has been modified;

    UTILIZATION

    Quite easy but it's a compressor so you have to get used to the way it works.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I'm satisfied with it but I think I will test other models. Considering its price, you could even buy it just to get to know what a compressor is.

    I find the effect pretty effective especially on the attacks. It's also possible to use soft compression.

    It is more effective with a clean sound than with an overdrive. With distortion the effect didn't convince me at all.

    But it does enhance clean sounds and balances the overall sound (especially when it comes to level, which is normal for a compressor), and it provides a wonderful color to the attacks. I find the effect excellent for blues and even better if you add a slight modulation. (a chorus for example, although I prefer a hi-band flanger). BTW, Boss even recommends doing this.

    With an overdrive, the pedal softens the sound (I have a SD1 which sounds quite dry). With the right setting you can easily get a TS9 tone.

    With this pedal I use mainly my guitar's neck pickup so my clean sound becomes rounder and nicer.

    ------ EDIT --------

    I modified it today.

    Now it's a killer pedal!! The sound changed radically: less noise, no feedback with high compression ratios. The tone is clean, rich and thick. The compression effect didn't change.

    I can now play a clean sound with full compression... With overdrive the sound becomes thicker but not dirty. It's AWESOME!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I review this small compressor without having tested many others so I'm trying to be objective.

    First of all, you have to understand how a compressor works (see forums and other information sources) if you want to make the best use of it.

    I give it a 9 because I haven't tested many others.

    --- EDIT ---

    After I modified it, this pedals does deserve 10/10 or even a 12/10 considering its price and the cost of the modification. It's mind-blowing!!
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