Boss CS-3 for bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by santamarana, May 6, 2008.


  1. santamarana

    santamarana

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    Hey all.

    I was wondering If anyone uses a CS-3 compression/sustainer for their bass.
    I am new at using compression for the bass and would like to get an idea as to what I should set the pedal at for getting a good sound without losing tone.
    I play Blues/Rock.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    You can check out my review linked in my sig. With or without modding, a good setting would be: sustain at around 9:30, attack around 12:00, and tone set to taste.
  3. santamarana

    santamarana

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    Thank you very much
  4. tumpinjahosafat

    tumpinjahosafat

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    hey bongo, i know you don't have a review for the CS-2, but have you tried it and/or heard enough about it to gauge an opinion?
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  6. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    The bit I've read has indicated to me that it is similar to the CS3 but without the tone control.
  7. tovey87

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    I've got a couple of questions after reading FAQ on compressors. I understand the "Sustain" and "Attack" dials but for some reason I am struggling to come to terms with the "Tone" and "Level". (I may just be being stupid).

    Does the "Level" dial set the level that the compressor starts working or is it just the level that the pedal will be in the mix?

    What does the "Tone" do for the sound of the entire mix and also what does it do within the pedal itself?
  8. syisrad

    syisrad

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    On the Boss pedals, Level is usually the overall volume of the pedal (post effect)
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmm, sorry I missed that nearly-year-old question. "Tone" just rolls off the highs a bit; it does not affect "the entire mix" per se, just whatever signal enters the pedal. "Level" is the output volume, and no relation to the performance of the compressor.

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