Hoping to find a savvy bassist to help me out. I am not very sophisticated when it comes to these issues, so please bear with me.
I recorded a couple of records with Ken Scott and he always advised me not to compress my bass but only to limit it. He wanted to keep as much dynamic range as possible in the sound - but he was a big fan of limiters and always used an expensive LA/2A on my bass.
At the advice of my friend Neil Dorfsman, I have been using an Aguilar DB 680 in my home studio for a number of years. I have really grown to love the sound of it - but I have been trying to use the Summit Audio limiter TLA 100-A on the effects loop of the Aguilar - so when I get the rig dialed in just right, I can move it from place to place and know I am taking along my signature "sound" - without having to rely on the collection of gear that the studio may or may not have.
I am happy with the sound of the Aguilar and the Summit limiter - it is actually quite beastly - but I have over a dozen basses and I have to stop and work with the limiter every time I change basses - and it is getting to be a pain and takes away from the creative aspect at times.
I realize a lot of this is very subjective and of course, affected by the output of the bass itself, but would I be better off to just bite the bullet and pick up say a DBX 163X where I can move the slider with a bass change and be off and running? Is there a "set it and forget it" solution for me?
I used to use the 163X live and I was pretty happy with it, but for studio use will the compression "squash" the bass and defeat the purpose of the dynamic range the Aguilar provides? I guess what I am asking is - without spending the big bucks on an LA/2A is there a cheaper alternative that won't necessarily compromise the sound? If so, I am up for suggestions.
Thanks so much,