Best Bass Compressor?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by timwoodie, Apr 15, 2014.


  1. timwoodie

    timwoodie Supporting Member

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    Hey guys! Right now I'm in the market to buy a new compressor and I can't decide which one I like the most. I'm stuck between 3 pedals, the Keeley 4 knob, Aguilar TLC, and the MXR M87. I play a variety of music, from using a pick playing rock, to using my fingers playing r&b. I want something that could be very versatile to my playing style but I can't figure out which one I like the most. And there are no shops around me where I can test these out (just my luck) so let me know which one you like best and would work well with me! Thanks!
  2. ZtuxBP14

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    All compressors you list are good, but you really can't go wrong with the MXR M87. I just got mine last week and absolutely love it.

    You will be getting a lot of suggestions here from many others I'm sure.
  3. FrenchBassQC

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    Got mine a year ago and I still love it, can't go wrong with the M87.
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    If you are in a hurry, knock the Keeley off the list, because it is not so great for low frequencies. If you are not in a hurry, Keeley is coming out with a new comp soon that is supposed to be better for bass.
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  6. timwoodie

    timwoodie Supporting Member

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    The "bassist" pedal right? Cause I heard they cancelled that product.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    They are instead putting out one marketed for full-range use, i.e. not "for bass" but inclusive of bass.
  8. Hellbastard

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    Have you considered the empress compressor? I believe it is the best, most transparent compressor you can get in Pedal Format. Plus, the MIX and Side chain features make it more versatile than any of the three compressor you listed.
  9. StraightSix

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    I love my Boss LMB-3 compressor/limiter...you may find it's all you need.
  10. timwoodie

    timwoodie Supporting Member

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    I actually had that pedal and absolutely hated it haha
  11. timwoodie

    timwoodie Supporting Member

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    I was thinking about this one but its a little out of my price range :(
  12. StraightSix

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    Different strokes for different folks :smug:
  13. Spent

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    I'm a huge fan of the Wampler Ego. I love the blend knob. I was very happy with my MarkBass Compressore until I came across the Ego.
  14. timwoodie

    timwoodie Supporting Member

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    How is it with the lower notes?
  15. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    Don't get a compressor. Just sit there and fiddle with your eq for 5 hours & turn down your volume. & practice more.
  16. punchdrunk

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    Try a DBX rack compressor and be done with it.
  17. Spent

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    Sounds great across the whole spectrum. There's a tone knob, but that's primarily for guitar, it doesn't have much effect on my bass. I play a Spector Euro 4 into a Demeter vtbp 201s/Crown xls1000 and Hartke HyDrive 410. In 15 years, I've never been happier with my tone. IMO, the Wampler is totally transparent.
  18. bobicidal

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    Well I love the sound of the Diamond BCP-1 gives me on my clanky P-bass. It's not transparent and I like it that way. I tried the MXR and the TLC and both of them zapped my tone while the BCP1 improved it. YMMV
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  21. tgouh

    tgouh Supporting Member

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    I have Aguilar TLC, its quite transparent and so versatile. But I must admit that the reason I bought it because I saw demo of it by Leslie Johnson, sounds killer!!!

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