From 1981 to 1986, the Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer was one of the few go-to compressor options. Over thirty years later, people still seek out this rugged and reliable classic for its smooth tone and even response.
Used in the Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour and the Division Bell tour alongside the MXR Dynacomp. (http://www.kitrae.net/music/David_Gilmour_Tone_Building.html#ToneBuildingPulse http://www.gilmourish.com/?page_id=156) "Additional pedals include a Boss CS-2 Sustainer, MXR Dyna Comp, Iba- nez CP9 Compressor-Limiter, Boss Hyperfuzz, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, two Chandler Industries Tube Drivers and three Boss Graphic Equalizers. He also operates several master volume pedals: one for his 4x12 cabinets, another one for his rotating speakers, another for his voice box and a speed control for the doppolas." - [Phil Taylor, David Gilmour's guitar tech.](http://www.pink-floyd.org/artint/dagear.htm) "After extensive tests David decided on the following list of effects to be incorporated: Boss CS-2; Pete Cornish G-2 Fuzz; EH Big Muff; Pete Cornish Soft Sustain-2; Chandler Tube Driver; Pete Cornish Tape Echo Simulator; Pete Cornish Custom Stereo Chorus using a modified Boss CE-2." - [from Pete Cornish website](http://www.petecornish.co.uk/dgtt.html)more
At 0:20 in this video, Juan Alderete explains his history with the Boss CS-2 compressor stating, “I have this compressor. It’s this Boss CS-2 compressor. I’ve been using that since RazorX. That was in 1986. I started using it because I started going to passive pickups but you know like back then everybody was doing harmonics.” Juan explains what he likes about the CS-2 compared to other compressors by saying, “It’s just the most musical one. I’ve tried so many of them.”more
"Now I use a compressor when I play slide, and with that you can sustain a note as long as your emotions will hold. It’s like surfing— you can ride that wave of emotional intensity and taper it off and build it up, depending on how you work your volume knob. It’s really an exciting way to express yourself."more
A thread on Gearslutz detailing the custom pedalboard built for Roland by Pete Cornish lists the following pedals as part of the board: PC Buffer/Line driver Boss CS-2 Boss SD-1 Spare send/return 1 Boss CE-2 Boss VB-2 Spare send/return 2 DDL send/return (type of delay not known) Master Effects Bypass EQ send/return (type of EQ not known) System Mute PC Line Driver/ground isolation/Booster feed to amp (possibly Roland JC120)more
"It's just an old school, old CS-2. Compression is all the way off, and I use the buffer in it, because the buffer is also a lot important. Because if you have pedals with buffers, it gets your signal back to the place where you've had your cord straight in." - Greenberg about Boss CS-2.more
"The main effector board is the main effector board from the upper left, the boss made tuner, the arion stereo chorus, the shigemori made of shigemori (the best), the shigemori made of shigemori (Supreme), the ruins fuzz made by Pahntom FX (gain large size), and the boss made cs-3 , boss made cs-2, digitech made by digitech, suspended from left to line6 2, digitech made by digitech, micro amp made from mxr, under the boss LS-3, This is a pec2 made by xp100, Providence made by digitech. The Shield is used by mogami (Takamatsu Handmade). I didn't use a lot of effector in the "gift" but I use an effector like distortion and xp300+xp100 in the key point. By the way, the boss's comp is around XP-300, and it is used to adjust sound like synthesizers (the sound of the sound, and the adjustment of the suspension). The sound is that you can get a core synthesizer sound by mixing a certain reverb with a line selector." / Ken,more
the CS-2 gives you an attack control on the front and it is probably the first comp pedal to do that... but I still prefer the sound of the dynacomp. If I played more country back when I owned both I probably would have kept the CS-2 though because it really did great country chickin' pickin' sounds through a fender amp... it could get a Gibson to sound country. Defintiely has more bass reduction going on than the dynacomp and all of its cousins.