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"best" DIY bass compressor?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by deepestend, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member

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    I'm getting back into pedal building and would like to make myself a bass compressor. I've been reading around a bit on this and other forums and like anything, everyone has a different opinion. The one piece of advice I keep picking up on, though, is to have an idea of what "kind" of compressor sound would be best for you.

    So here, goes: I'm looking for more of a tone machine kind of compressor that tightens up the sound and makes me a little bit more pronounced in the mix while giving me some sustain. I've had the EBS multicomp and I feel like it gives me that tight sound that stands out in the mix, but doesn't quite have the sustain. I have a Ross for guitar which has a very nice sustain to it, but doesn't keep the low end frequencies.

    Any advice based on that? I've found some Diamond clone schematics, but I would have to build that on vero and overall that looks like too ambitious of a project. So, def looking for something a little less complicated.

    What do you think? Bongo?
  2. MPU

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    I hope Diamond is great because that's what I'm making at the moment.
  3. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member

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    Nice. Do you have board?
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd say start with the BYOC optical comp. It's cheap, very easy to build, and works well on bass.

    The Diamond, well, it partly depends on the components--so building a copy with cheap/poor components probably wouldn't get you anything better than the BYOC; and it largely depends on the power you feed it, so you would want to make sure that the schematic correctly allows for higher voltage supply; and of course the Bass version might have a couple different component values for more low end.

    That last point I'm not positive about--there is conflicting info on the web about differences between the Bass and standard versions.
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    I have you tried the afterlife by Madbean? Also optical and an easy build. It's on my radar too.
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    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    A guy was supposed to send me one of those (well, a DIY Hollis Flatliner, which is what the Afterlife also is) but he hasn't yet.
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    I've built a lot comps:
    http://johnkvintageguitars.homestead.com/Compressors.html

    ....the Demeter Compulator may not be the 'best' but is one of the easier builds that sounds very good:

    [​IMG]

    I've built the Flatline/afterlife, but just haven't boxed it yet. IMO, it's also a nice comp that pretty easy to build DIY.
  8. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member

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    What afterlife values did you change?
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    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    I just looked at it and I didn't change anything.
    here's a vero that I drew up for it:

    [​IMG]
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    Looks good. Let me know if you test it out. I'm thinking of a 3-1 pedal of a comp-Ginger-Fatpants boost. W/ a blender on the pedal.
  11. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    I already did test it (just haven't mounted it in an enclosure yet) and it sounds very good.
  12. deepestend

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    Is there anything you would compare it to?
  13. MPU

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    No. I'm following Sabrotone vero layout.
  14. deepestend

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    Bongomania, I heard that Jon sent you an Afterlife compressor. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

    JR
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    Cool, I'll keep an eye out for it.
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