EBS Multicomp vs Markbass Compressore vs Rothwell Love Squezee
I have a big love\hate relationship going on With compressors. I had used 2 so far (aguilar TLC, Seymour Doubleback), but tried many more, never really satysfied.
As for my gir I use a US jazz With sjb3 and Obp3 preamp, form my head I use GK 2001RB, and 2xEBS 410CL as my cabs (want to change to 2x212 GK neo).
As for the compressor I have some basic questions\concerns (yes I have read Bongs reviews, not only on those comps ;) ) about those compressors.( I can get all 3 used in nearly the same price)
Love its simplicity, like the tubism mode, adds a nice vibe to the sound. It's a plug'n'play comp which is great 'cause I'm a guy that sometimes gets cought in knob tweaking (especially wih comps) and after a while when I can't find 'the perfect' sound (because I always try to tweak to be better and fall into this donward spiral), get angry and sell it :o
My only concers With EBS is that the pedal is used (2-4years don't reallly remember now) and Bong warned about EBS pedal getting bad over time, the second concern is (maybe) having to strong outup, and distortion as a consequence of tha (but that can be solved With the internal pots if I understood correctly?), and my last concer is the small ratio (1:5 max) that is okey for now I think (play mostly punk\ grunge and stoner rock in second band With a pick and lots of distortion pedals), but can be too little in the future.
Here the list is shorter :p
I haven't tried it (I only had the possibility of trying a neb multicomp With not my bass :/)
I understand that it has a tuby vibe as EBS on the tubism mode, it has a lot of more tone opptions and a bigger ratio.
For the flaws:
It's damn big, I never liked the sound of markbass cabs or amps, but the compressor might be a different thing. I'm afraid of getting cought in the knob tweaking hell etc... you know the story :p
Rothwell Love Squeeze
Basicly I know nothing about it. Found it used on allegro.pl (a polish site) read a bit about, found an ok review about it at Bongos, read some on TB.
The good sides are the same as for multicomp, it's simple.
It has less noise then multicomp or compressore.
It lacks the tuby vibe that EBS, Markbass has, it has the same ratio 'problem' as EBS. I have no idea how good does it handle low bass, (tuned to D or drop C)?
The comps would cost me in zloty
EBS 380zl (125.50 USD)
Markbass 470zl (155.22 USD)
Rothwell 500zl (165.13 USD)
I think I could get those last to for around 134-145 USD
Which one would you reccomend. I'd appreciate all comments :)
i voted ebs, having a ebs rig and a few ebs pedals i can assure you that
they make quality equipment, best advice is to try/test as many different
comp pedals as you can. also, dont overlook mxr.
My limited experience with compressors is that you have to try them. Owned an MXR M87, didn't like it. Parallel tested it with a a Cali76, Empress and two Mad Professor Forrest Greens. The Cali76 was the most transparent. The others sounded somewhat different, but too close to the MXR. Ended up with an EBS Multicomp in the end. Yes it has a lower compression ratio, but it doesn't kill the dynamic of the playing, which I think the others do at even quite low ratios. My 2 cent.
I had an EBS amp in the past, the TD 660, but changed in favor of the GK 2001RB which I love.
I would maybe try the Mxr but there are none used in Poland and a New one it too expensiwe.
Ok so 2:0 for EBS!
I've been using the Love Squeeze as an 'almost always on' pedal for several years, so it's the only one I can provide feedback on. I can't image taking it off my board. But I think, based on your comments, that it's not the type of compressor you're looking for.
I'd disagree with you on Bongo's take on the Love Squeeze. He lists it in his "top tier pedals", and sums up the review with "There is no noise, even at maximum compression. I consider that a small miracle. I don't know what more to say--this is just the most transparent, lowest-noise comp pedal I've tried."
It's dead quiet, compresses well but doesn't change your tone and no problem handling the lows. That's it's strength. So if you're looking for something to add some "tuby vibe" it's not the one.
Good thing is that in Sweden where I live you can get an EBS Muliticomp second hand for 250 Zloty (or equivalent).
So you're looking for a tone-sweetener?
The markbass is a pedal i will ALWAYS support, its just an amazingly versatile Compressor... that being said i wouldn't count on TOO MUCH tubey vibe from it.. it does sound great and warm recorded but its not fuzzy or tubey per se, though it does have some fattening qualities at low ratio / lowish threshold
If you want tonal magic, search out a diamond or similar, or an FEA..
I didn't vote in the poll because the Compressore is the only one on the list I've used. So I've just got a few thoughts about the Compressore you might want to weigh into your decision.
At the same time, this is one of those pedals where you really have to work harder to get a bad tone than you do to get a good one. Just point everything at 12 o'clock and it's an instant tonal upgrade.
Compressore is a great pedal even when you consider the size and power requirement. I wouldn't get rid of mine. The EBS just didn't do it for me and I am unfamiliar with the Rothwell but after reading Bongo's review it sound like a strong candidate as well. Good luck with your selection.
I have some pedals at the moment that is why Space is a concern.
I use a Boss tu3, aguilar agro, exar bass distortion, darkglass B7K, aguilar tone hammer, Ebs Dynaverb, Ehx small clone :p
I power my effects by using a T-Rex fuel tank, I would be able to Power the compressore with it?
As I'm a student at the moment every 10bucks make a difference for me, that is why even if I take compressore under consideration it all comes down to the money :crying:
But at the moment it seams that the Battle is mostly between the EBS and Markbass.
My Markbass compressore is always on. Warms and fattens the tone with the tube, otherwise doesn't color. You can get one cheap (~$100-$120) thru Guitar Center Used Gear. Just make sure it comes with a power supply. With that said, I've only used the Markbass. I did do a fair amount of research before buying though ...
I'd say lovesqueeze...
EBS pedals tend to stop working in my experience-had all of them and most of them broke.
Sound alright whilst working however.
I never liked Markbass.
I used EBS almost exclusively for some years but my pedals have also begun developing problems, some noise in pots, failing power jacks, and my EBS combo amp's input stage died (the amp also had very scratchy pots). So based on this I can not recommend EBS anymore, I think the build quality is questionable.
Hymm a got a nice price on the Pigtronix bass philosophers bass compressor. So at the moment I'm thinking about the pigtronix, EBS or any other user friendly 2-3knob compressor in this price range.
Has anyone any opinions on the Pigtronix?
I've had the Markbass for a couple of years and love it.
And the Demter compulator, I found it to be often put up against the EBS?
I've used the Compressore for quite a while now and I love it!
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