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Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 17th, 2012, 1:28 pm
by Laz
What do you recommend as a compressor for bass guitar? I need it mainly to smooth out the levels and increase sustain, so transparency is key.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 17th, 2012, 3:14 pm
by Derek Wilkerson
the electro harmonix black finger is outstanding as a compressor. another great compressor is the markbass compressore. both are tube and both are high end. if you want a cheaper one.. the electro harmonix soul preacher is a really good alternative.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 18th, 2012, 7:51 am
by Nuno
I have read many good reviews on the Aguilar compressor. No direct experience with Aguilar

And I have the EBS octave and I love it. The pedal is absolutely transparent. They also have a nice compressor.

Ed Friedland uses many MXR pedals for basses but I don't know if it is a kind of endorsement. I have the analog delay and it does not modify the original tone.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 18th, 2012, 11:57 am
by Laz
Thanks guys. Anyone played the Boss bass compressor?

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 18th, 2012, 1:51 pm
by Derek Wilkerson
Laz wrote:Thanks guys. Anyone played the Boss bass compressor?
i tried one and quite frankly i think it could have been more transparent.. its buffered bypass, and boss usually does a very good job with buffered bypass but there is a significant tone suck on that pedal.. and fyi, i tried two of them out.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 18th, 2012, 2:07 pm
by Nuno
Almost no experience with Boss pedals, I have always been discouraged from them. I have the Boss looper for practicing. I don't know if it "sucks" the tone but I sound completely different when the pedal is in the chain (I don't say it sounds bad, it sounds different).

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: April 21st, 2012, 4:49 am
by jwmartin
I've used the Boss CS-1 on my bass for a while and haven't been happy with it. I just got the LMB-3 (Limiter Enhancer for Bass) and it works better. The Enhance knob should be labelled Suck knob because it scoops the mids. My biggest complaint about it is the hiss while it's on and I'm not playing. It's not very loud, but I hear it. I haven't had a lot of time to really play with the settings yet. I want to get the MXR Bass Compressor (M-87).

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: August 10th, 2012, 3:09 pm
by Laz
Update. The reviews for the MX-87 were very good, and I discovered that MarkBass also made a compressor, at the same price. I finagled GC to let me try them both, and there was really very little difference - both were very quiet! So I bought the MarkBass because it matches my amp.

http://www.markbass.it/product_detail.php?id=121

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: August 10th, 2012, 5:21 pm
by jwmartin
Laz wrote:Update. The reviews for the MX-87 were very good, and I discovered that MarkBass also made a compressor, at the same price. I finagled GC to let me try them both, and there was really very little difference - both were very quiet! So I bought the MarkBass because it matches my amp.

http://www.markbass.it/product_detail.php?id=121
I finally ended up getting a deal on the MXR compressor and love it. Very quiet, very transparent.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: August 22nd, 2012, 10:07 am
by kc0bbq
Laz wrote:Update. The reviews for the MX-87 were very good, and I discovered that MarkBass also made a compressor, at the same price. I finagled GC to let me try them both, and there was really very little difference - both were very quiet! So I bought the MarkBass because it matches my amp.
I use the Markbass Compressore for guitar. It's just a nice, transparent compressor for the price. Sturdy and well built.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: November 28th, 2012, 2:53 pm
by JohnC
+1 for Markbass compressore or EBS Multicomp. I think its worth getting a "high end" compressor instead of Boss or Digitech ones which you might just replace soon after.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: January 13th, 2017, 11:24 am
by mccoy2015
Laz wrote:What do you recommend as a compressor for bass guitar? I need it mainly to smooth out the levels and increase sustain, so transparency is key.
An EQ, Preamp, and Compressor - can shapen and smoothen things up.

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There are lots of good compressor, but I recommend a MXR M87 and the Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor and Sustain. For Preamp and EQ Pedal -Ampeg SCRDI Bass DI Preamp and MXR 10 Band Graphic EQ.

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: March 24th, 2018, 3:30 am
by DanielRid
I would recommend harmonix black finger compressor!

Re: Bass Compressor?

Posted: March 28th, 2018, 7:54 am
by waylon