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Does a compressor pedal need to be for bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassistcali, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Bassistcali

    Bassistcali

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    Looking at the boss cs-3...will I lose any low end I usually only get pedals designed for bass.
  2. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

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  3. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

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    The simple answer is it really doesn't matter. find one you like. I use the Empress Compressor on my bass....works great, and it isn't bass specific.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    +1

    sooooo many better choices than a Boss
  5. Joe Louvar

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    No, you won't lose low end and it has a tone knob too. Its a "one trick pony" type compressor/sustainer, but it does what its made to do well. They sell for about $40-$60 used.
  6. mmbongo

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    Well...actually...from bongo's review of the Boss:

    There is some noticeable loss of lows at the minimum end of the Sustain knob range. As you turn up the Sustain, the whole signal is boosted, raising the lows as well, while leveling everything out at the threshold. The low frequency range is strongest at around 10:30, and by this point all dynamics are pretty well crushed. This hard leveling also limits the big wave peaks that give bass its feeling of depth and heft, so even at the point where it is not losing lows, they will sound weak.

    I call that 'avoid at all costs'.
  7. JellinWellen

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    I heard the CS-3 is good for making everything evenly squashed volume wise. Supposedly its usable if you keep the attack really low.
  8. Joe Louvar

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    Well yeah - it squishes the $#!^ out of the signal. When I use my CS-3, I set everything to about 12-1 o'clock. IMHO the BOSS CS-3 does exactly what it was made to do - unfortunately its pretty much a "one trick pony" but if you like the effect - it does it well.
  9. Bassistcali

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    What do you guys recommend?
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    EBS Multicomp is my choice because I like to be able to have different compression levels for lows and highs.
  11. AaronVonRock

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    I use a DOD Milkbox FX84 which I don't believe is made exclusively for bass. It sounds good and adds some fatness and sustain. And it's not expensive. I bought mine off Ebay for about $50. I bought it mainly based on the review:

    http://www.ovnilab.com/reviews/milkbox.shtml
  12. basmicke

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    Diamond bass compressor is the best I've had so far. It doesn't really affect your tone and the compression is very musical and natural. It's not for hard, squeezed more limiter sounds though with its fixed threshold.
  13. Joe Louvar

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    Well, IMO both the Diamond and MXR compressors sound nice. I've been using a tiny Xotic SP mostly lately - because I have nano GAS.

    EDIT: PS, you really should take some time to look at this http://www.ovnilab.com/ its very helpful and full of insight.

    Cheers and best wishes with your compressor hunt.

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