Setting Compressor (which string/note)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jd_watt, Mar 10, 2014.


  1. jd_watt

    jd_watt

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    Hi All,

    I'm wondering something, many notes on my bass have different output (volume). For example, my low E is much louder than the E on the next octave up.

    So, when I'm setting up my compressor, is it optimal to use the louder note or softer note when determining the amount of compression. As always, thanks for you time!
  2. JohnDavisNYC

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    A compressor can be used in that manner, but its best to adjust your setup (strings, action, pickup height) and technique so that the volume is consistent, and then use the compressor for its tone/transient modification rather than to correct problems.

    John
  3. bongomania

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    Agreed. However IF, for whatever reason, it is not possible to fix the volume imbalance with setup and technique, THEN I would say set your compressor based on the higher-level notes, so that your signal is not overcompressed all the time. But again, JD is really right that the problem should first be addressed by setup of the bass, and playing technique.
  4. JohnDavisNYC

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    As always a true post from bongo on compression!
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  6. jd_watt

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    Thanks guys - good stuff!

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