explain compressors to me and why I "need" one

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by b-bottom, Nov 17, 2012.


  1. b-bottom

    b-bottom Supporting Member

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  2. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

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    you might not need one.
    start here
  3. Inconnu

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    What he said... and, well, a compressor can be used as an effect or to even out the overall levels of your bass. Ever though your volume seems louder when you hit your low B or your low E then the other strings, however you play? Ever noticed a difference of volume between techniques? These are things a compressor can help you with... among others.
  4. Massimo636

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    You don't necessarily NEED one. If you use any distortion or overdrive on your main tone you have a form of compression going on right there. If you ever record in a studio they'll add it. You can live without it playing live, but it's definitely helpful for evening out your volume.
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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  6. runmikeyrun

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    you shouldn't need a compressor if your playing style is consistent and your amp is eq'd properly, slap/pop guys excluded.
  7. b-bottom

    b-bottom Supporting Member

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    Sounds like I don't need one. Rock
  8. cheapbasslovin

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    It's not as simple as all that, but for the most part, you probably don't. I generally prefer not to use comps, but that's mostly because after trying a bunch of them I don't want ONE comp for everything, I want one for this and a different one for that. Since I'm so cheap, and none seem to provide me with any sort of holy grail of tone, I get none :).

    If you have a few dimes to spare and are missing something consistent and identifiable from your tone that EQ can't seem to fix, you should poke your nose into a few stores that sell some good ones and see if a comp works for you. If you don't have that problem, you're probably good.

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