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Hey folks. I currently run bass into tuner into di into desk. Thinking of adding a compressor just to tighten levels. 

Whose using them and what ones

Cheers 

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I run through an amp into a desk.

tried with and without compressors and like both!

i can never decide which way to go.

currently running without.

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If running a clean sound I’d say it’s got to be worth a go.

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I used a boss cs2 for years swore by it but after I joined my latest band I found it a bit noisy so I just do without now but I did like the punch of a compressor.

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I had an EH Black Finger.  Everybody telling me how it would revolutionize my tone.  Couldn't tell the difference to be honest.

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I’m in the ‘yes’ camp - an EBS black label Multicomp on my main originals band pedalboard, a Boss BC-1X on my occasional covers project pedalboard, and a Markbass Compressore for recording in the studio.

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I use one when recording, but not live.  If you're looking at getting a compressor, try & get one with a meter, it makes life sooo much easier.

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I've tried a lot of compressors. My favourite is the TC spectracomp, which along with my tech 21 VTbass and thumpinator is an 'always on' pedal on my board.

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I'm a comp nerd, and use tons! On plenty of gigs I just use a small multi-effect now, but use different models on there for different basses.

Many, many, great hardware units out there, but don't overlook the Boss Bass Limiter. The enhance function isn't very nice, but despite the name it is great for general subtle levelling, ideal for a DI'd signal.

A lot of people seem very happy with the Spectracomp. I've not used one, but can't help but be interested. To many it is so good because the default preset is said to be pretty much plug-and-play, however I'm excited by the chance to delve right in and tweak every parameter to within an inch of it's life!

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Most of the people have tried one or three compressors and may be able to tweak that one a bit. This guy has tried a few:

http://www.ovnilab.com/

There are very good pages (like S.O.S. = Sound On Sound) that have (more or less) simple descriptions how a compressor works and how the settings affect sound. Take a look and learn about attack, hard knee and other details.

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/classic-compressors

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/compression-made-easy

See that short note on Max bass and if in need, search after other articles. Hope this helps.

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Boss LMB3 if travelling light otherwise a dbx160a lives permanently in the rack case with the head - FOH guys always love it if you set it up fairly subtle it is quite transparent but stops any unwanted booming surprises making their way to the desk

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There's a really authoritative thread from way back by @51m0n on here somewhere. Hopefully he'll know where it's hidden all these years later!

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I've got a TC Electronic RH750 head which has the built in Spectracomp compressor. It's a handy tool to rein in unwieldy bass sounds (P-Basses immediately spring to mind). However, for the past while I've been using my hand painted edition of the JHS Pulp 'n Peel v4. It also works as a DI unit to feed the front of house. 

 

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I've just acquired an Ashdown ABM500, which has a built in one-knob compressor. I'm still playing with gain levels and compressor settings, but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised how much variety in compression attack and ratio you can get. So at the moment, it's yes, but the built in Ashdown, the Boss and TC that I had on my board are in the cupboard.....

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On 15/06/2019 at 21:43, Delamitri79 said:

Hey folks. I currently run bass into tuner into di into desk. Thinking of adding a compressor just to tighten levels. 

Whose using them and what ones

Cheers 

If you're going straight to desk odds are they will have compression running on your signal already. If you want more texture or whatever your first chat should be with the sound guy/gal I think.

 

I use a Cali76 compact. Used a MXR basscomp for years but decided it was too clean.

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Infamy infamy, they've all got it in for me...

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Another Keely Compressor Pro/Bassist or GC2 supporter. Also the Markbass Compressore is very good. Did not like the Spectracomp at all, to offer some balance against some of the above.

Point is I guess that compressor preference is very personal. I generally like DBX160 based compressors (the Keeley's are), others like Urei based pedals, others like Multiband compression.

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I have tried the boss limiter enhancer, line 6 constrictor and Ashdown amp onboard comp. The line 6 was more of a guitar pedal but it has three settings that are very easy to use and some knobs to tweak, quite cheap second hand. The Boss unit I preferred to use on "enhance" for my fretless. The Ashdown amp compressor I was leaving on most of the time of I had no compressor pedal and couldn't really tell you what it was doing but it certainly wasn't making anything sound bad. I've now got quite a sophisticated Boss multi FX with loads of different compressor models so will be playing around with that when I get time to create my own patches. Overall I'd say use one for live or recording to add presence, but that's just me with my kit and my playing. 

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some gigs I play through a Keeley Bassist - on other occasions just direct to the amp. It's how I feel on the day as to what sound I want. I like it 'on' but I like It 'off' just as much if not more, as 'off' is more versatile. It's the only pedal I use, the rest have been ditched as redundant; I'm tempted to move it on but I haven't quite got there yet.

The Keeley does the job very well and adds a very musical/complementary sound if that's what you want.

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