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Compression

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by L1nt84, Apr 11, 2014.


  1. L1nt84

    L1nt84 Supporting Member

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    I recently got a hollow body bass, and I notice its louder than my jazz bass when the amp is at the same volume. Also, the g string will feed back at times, which is odd. So I never have really messed with compression before, but this sounds like an instance where I would probably need it.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on compression pedals that are light on the wallet? I see that sansamp tech 21 has one that is nicely priced.
     
  2. adamaarts

    adamaarts Supporting Member

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    That's not what compression is for. You'll want either a boost pedal to boost the gain of the jazz to equal the hollow body, or a more expensive multichannel pedal.

    The hollow body will feed back a lot, that's just the nature of the beast.
     
  3. David Jayne

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    You don't need anything except your volume knob, unless I'm missing something?
     
  4. L1nt84

    L1nt84 Supporting Member

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    Yea, I adjusted the volume knob on the hollow, which worked... I guess I was just more concerned with the feedback.

    I was under the impression that compression evened out the volume of what you are playing. Maybe enlighten me a little?
     
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  6. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

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    If you are truly looking for enlightenment re: compression, then: ovnilab.com

    But it doesn't sound like a compressor will really help in this situation (unless you use it as a volume boost/cut to even out the two basses).
     
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    A compressor can even out the volume, but it will make feedback problems much worse. A better solution would be an EQ pedal; this will allow you to cut the frequency range where the hollowbody feeds back, and if it has an overall volume knob then it will also allow you to match the levels.
     
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    They USED TO make a couple of really terrible compressor pedals, but both were discontinued years ago.
     
  9. L1nt84

    L1nt84 Supporting Member

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    Bongomania - thanks! Not sure why I didn't think EQ first. Now I know where to look!
     
  10. Swift713

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    I think a lot of uptight/acoustic players use a variable notch filter to reduce offending frequencies.
     

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