Compressor Questionare

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Squawk, Apr 3, 2014.


  1. Squawk

    Squawk

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    Feb 19, 2014
    Anyone willing to give me input, I appreciate it. I have room for two more pedals. One being a compressor. The other TBD.

    Anyways here are my questions:

    What compressor do you use currently?

    What compressor(s) have you used?

    What type of music do you play with current compressor?

    Thanks
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Location:
    White Plains
    Currently? Empress
    Have used? Lots
    Music? Rock and hard rock mainly, but it's useful for any type of music
  3. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2012
    Location:
    guelph ontario
    Compressor owned in the last 2 years.

    Mark bass compressor
    Empress
    Fea db cl
    Fea opti feta
    Mxr m 87
    Rane dc 24
    3 leaf pwnzor

    Current use and love Cali 76. And onvilabs smoothie.

    Play rock
  4. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2009
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Currently - plain ol' Boss compressor
    Have used - Fat Man, EH Black Finger, DBX 160 & 166, LA-2a, 1176
    I've never had much luck with onboard comps that are featured on a lot of amp heads.

    If I use compression at all, it's usually for pop or pop/rock.
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  6. callofcthulhu

    callofcthulhu

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    Oct 16, 2012
    MarkBass Compressore.

    Settled on it after trying the EHX Black Finger and the JoeMeek FloorQ.

    I'm playing it in/have played it in psychedelic, stoner/prog, prog/metal, heavy alt rock, and thrash metal projects.
  7. Swift713

    Swift713

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Location:
    The Berkshires, Ma
    Currently use a Zoom B3
    Previously used a Maxon CP pro +
    I play mostly "rock"? Or garage fusion/experimental gibberish.
  8. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Location:
    Texas
    Currently? MXR Bass Compressor
    Previously? None
    What do I play? Rock, jazz, and electro.
  9. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Location:
    Scotia NY
    Well, I would vote Markbass Compressore, but it's gonna take up both of those spaces. :meh:

    That said, it's a warm, full-featured compressor that kills anything in its price range, IMHO.

    I play fusion, and have also used the pedal for prog-rock. Actually, I've used it a little bit for straight hard rock too. I don't hear it as a genre-dependent pedal. I bought it to use for slapping, but ended up liking it so much I just leave it "always on".
  10. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

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    Location:
    paris, france
    de nada :)
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Location:
    The Great Midwest
    Currently using a Cali76 w/transformer
    Have used used in the past:
    Empress
    FEA DE-CL
    MXR M87

    I play everything from Rock to Funk
  12. afb0032

    afb0032 Supporting Member

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    Jan 7, 2014
    Location:
    Texas
    What compressor do you use currently?
    - Aguilar TLC

    What compressor(s) have you used?
    - no others

    What type of music do you play with current compressor?
    - Progressive rock/metal
  13. MikroKev

    MikroKev

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    Dec 27, 2013
    What compressor do you use currently?

    Xotic SP - compact, transparency, blend.

    What compressor(s) have you used?

    (1) Digitech Bass Squeeze - poor.
    (2) Boss CS3 - lost low end.
    (3) Mooer Blue Compressor - good dynamic control & sustain but colours the sound too much.
    (4) Keeley 4-knob - I was very happy the sound of this one, and would recommend it. I only switched to the SP as it gave me a similar sound in a smaller package.

    What type of music do you play with current compressor?

    A variety, but nothing too heavy, nor 'slap' styles. I'm looking to increasing sustain and smooth levels.

    Have you checked out the Ovnilab website?
  14. Lownote38

    Lownote38

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    Aug 8, 2013
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Markbass Compressore, and I have used it for rock, jazz, R&B, and well, just about everything. It's the only compressor I have tried that I can't hear engage and disengage, and I've tried just about everything out there.
  15. Rob22315

    Rob22315

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    Location:
    Alexandria Virginia
    Tried a BBE Optostomp, one of the old models with no noise isses. Didn't like the compressed sound so no compression now.
  16. Marihino

    Marihino

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    Mar 25, 2010
    Location:
    London
    I use Cali76 now (basic version, non-transformer, I'm going to upgrade to it though). Tweakability, great sound and action, no noise, awesome metering.

    In the past I've used:
    MXR Super Comp
    MXR M87
    EBS
    Demeter Opto-Compulator

    of which Compulator was my favourite. In fact I still have it and cannot think about selling, it has one (for me) usable setting, but it is great.

    I play mostly jazz/fusion and heavy rock.
  17. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    Nov 11, 2012
    Markbass Compressore, EBS Multi Comp, MXR M87

    Just went back to the Compressore as it does sound best to me, even though powering it can be a beech on a pedalboard but I vowed not to make compromises because of that anymore.

    The EBS is easier to use but tends to do too little or too much, I couldn't really find my sweet spot with it. It does sound good but rather on the "too little" end of its spectrum.

    The MXR was good but not really that rock type of a compressor. It sounded very cold compared to the Markbass.

    Other than that I've tried the Compressors in the Boss ME50B (awful) and GT6B (a tad better) but I wouldn't recommend those today anymore. Hope that helps.

    Edit: Forgot the genres. It's rock/metal. No treble stuff! :D
  18. Yango

    Yango

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    Apr 14, 2008
    Location:
    53.0000° N / 71.0000° W
    Demeter COMP-1 Compulator

    Ross compressor, Boss CS2; CE3; RCL10, Aphex Bass Xciter

    Rock, Blues/Rock, R&B, Motown
  19. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Location:
    Santa Rosa, CA USA
    Start here http://www.ovnilab.com/faq.shtml - http://www.ovnilab.com/index.shtml then I'd be inclined to checkout bongomania's new OVNIFX Smoothie compressor http://www.ovnifx.com/

    PS: I've tried several compressors, and I'm currently using an Xotic SP, but I think the MXR M87 had the most control - however, I found the MXR's LED’s distracting, plus personally I'm really into Nano (1590a) size petals right now.

    EDIT: Tip - you may want to stay away from EBS - http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/ebs-service-1043059/
  20. Hellbastard

    Hellbastard

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Location:
    Bremen, Germany
    - Empress Compressor

    - Trace Elliot Dual SMX, Modded Boss CS3

    - Hard Rock and Heavy Metal
  21. DieterVDW

    DieterVDW

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    Location:
    Gent, Belgium
    I used the Boss LMB-3 for a while (got that one quite cheap), and then shelled down a decent amount for a MXR M87.
    However I must admit I don't feel I find the M87 worth the price. It's not bad, but I don't feel it offers that much more than the cheap Boss LMB. Attack and release controls don't offer that much extra I feel (OK attack maybe a little).

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