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Whirlwind OC Bass Optical Compressor

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by stingray56funk, Dec 29, 2013.


  1. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    Just got this in from Sweetwater. Very nice comp! Love having the switch between compression and limiting in conjunction with the different attack settings.

    I thought the pedal would be physically larger than it is but it turns out it is a nice size and doesn't take up too much real estate on my board.

    I was hoping it would have the same juicy EQ effect the Diamond has but it does not. Just as Bongo has said, it is cleaner but not completely on the clinical end either. What it does have is headroom for days and no noise! Love it!

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  2. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    California
    Right on. I bought mine directly from Bongo and I love it. I don't change the settings, but it's good that they give you lots of options.
     
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  4. rmars

    rmars

    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia
    Cool. I recently switched from a Markbass to a Diamond but the Whirlwind was on my short list as well. Still want to try one. I like the effect the Diamond adds but I'd kind of like to have a second compressor that's more transparent. How is the Whirlwind at adding punch? The Diamond is a punch machine.
     
  5. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    Definitely adds punch. Transparent with headroom and punch. I'm not as much a slapper as I used to be, but this thing is fantastic for slap bass and cool effected slap bass like the 80's. Think The Time.
     
  6. Jman2089

    Jman2089 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    Have you had a chance to try a pwnzor for comparison? I'm drawn to the limiter portion of the whirlwind. I like the reviews this pedal is getting.
     
  7. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    California
    I recently A/Bed the Whirlwind with a Diamond and I actually prefer the Whirlwind. The attack is a lot more natural sounding to me and that's great for punch. I like how the Whirlwind handles the lows without the need for a Tone knob too.
     
  8. rmars

    rmars

    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia
    My Diamond can add a ridiculous amount of punch so if the Whirlwind adds more that would be impressive. Not sure what you mean about the lows though. Set flat I have no loss of lows with the Diamond, it does tighten up the bottom so I can see how someone might initially perceive it that way (especially at higher compression settings). Set flat the eq tilt is true to my tone and it just boost highs or lows depending on how I turn the knob.
     
  9. eeyorebass

    eeyorebass

    Jan 2, 2008
    Anyone had a chance to A/B the Whirlwind with the Empress comp?
     
  10. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    I have not used a pwnzor, but have heard good things. The limiting portion of this pedal is very usable and adds the versatility to it that I like.
     
  11. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    Fantastic!

    May I ask which basses you were using? Passive or Active?
     
  12. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    +1
     
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    Disclosures:
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I didn't directly AB them, but I can tell you the main distinctions IMO are that the Whirlwind has a stronger low end, while the Empress offers more detailed/refined controls and metering.
     



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