|BrewsterRooster ||08-24-2013 07:47 PM |
Empress Compressor with 5-String Bass?
I like what I've been reading about the Empress compressor and may pick one up soon. I'm curious if anybody has experience using this pedal with a 5-string bass, and what your take on it was? The pedal specs have the frequency response going down to 40hz, which is comfortable 4-string territory. I play 4 string 95% of the time anyway, but if I'm going to invest in a new stage comp I'd like one that will work with whatever I may throw at it in the future.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
|BigEarl ||08-25-2013 03:02 PM |
I just bought my first compressor (Empress) and my first 5-string (MIA Fender P V) and used them together for the first time last night, see/hear it here (iPhone sound not so good)... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_uFr0ZxbfE
I'm using it at 2 to 1, with mild attack and release, knocked out at how transparent and smooth the Empress is, I will never play a show without it!
|BrewsterRooster ||08-25-2013 07:02 PM |
Thank you! I'm at a work computer that blocks YouTube, but I'll check it out from home.
I've heard great things about the Empress comp, glad to hear you like it.
|bongomania ||08-26-2013 03:17 AM |
The way I often describe it is the lowest notes sound "tightened up" rather than "cut off". It's great for people trying to contain a boomy low end, but not ideal for somebody who wants more huge booty.
|Downunderwonder ||08-26-2013 03:37 AM |
Put a fdeck HPF in the chain so you don't have to worry about low mud busting out. Few bass cabs are making anything below 50hz in any useful amount.
|BrewsterRooster ||08-26-2013 04:43 AM |
Originally Posted by Downunderwonder
Few bass cabs are making anything below 50hz in any useful amount.
Precisely why I asked the question - I run a GK1001RB and an Acme cab. The bottom is titanic - great for outdoor gigs as it sits, but sometimes tough to control in specific rooms. I typically play a 4 on stage, and that's ballsy enough from this rig, but I also want the flexibility to use the revoicing feature and move to a 5 without having to roll off any low end EQ. The latter sort of defeats the purpose of even having this cab. So I like the sound of "tightening." That's exactly what I want from a stage comp, not necessarily a hard squeeze. And from everything I'd read this looked like a really flexible unit. I'd just never heard anybody talk about how the 31-41Hz range was affected by it.
|Zoomie ||08-26-2013 06:05 AM |
I too run an Empress for light compression and only at certain times, in conjunction with the Super J5. It tames the low B just enough for those times that I get a little enthusiastic with attack on gigs.
Best compressor that I have ever used.
Most recent pic of the board, posing with one of the 4's.
|bassgod0dmw ||08-26-2013 06:05 AM |
I run one with a 5er all the time. It works great. I don't notice any difference between my 4's and 5's in regards to frequency response.
|BigEarl ||09-02-2013 11:48 AM |
Finally got a chance to open up my rig (MB800/Epifani UL2-410) with the Empress outdoors yesterday at a frat gig, it worked wonders on the B string of my American Standard P V. I've had it for a couple of weeks now and this was the first time I really crank to volume and it made all the difference! I've said this elsewhere on TB, if it were lost or stolen, I would replace it immediately!
|pbass6811 ||09-02-2013 05:06 PM |
I've been using the Empress for a while now and I just play 5s for now. It's the one pedal that stays on all the time. It is definitely more of a tightening up as Bongomania says. That's what I wanted, so I'm very pleased with the Empress. I'm on the FEA Labs waiting list, but my Empress is safe. I also agree with BigEarl, if I lost my Empress, I'd get another one...
|BrewsterRooster ||09-27-2013 09:43 AM |
Chiming back in to thank you guys for your input. I'll trust the observations of my fellow bass players over marketing hype all day, every day.
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