Bass Compression Pedal Suggestions

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by chunkydigits, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. chunkydigits

    chunkydigits Guest

    Jan 6, 2009
    I'm looking to get a compression pedal and I'm not really sure where to start. Is the Boss CS-3 good for bass and will the Boss Bass Limiter/Enhancer do what a compression pedal does? I'm not particular to Boss pedals, those are just the ones that i have looked at. I just want to know what compression pedals everyone is using and if they like them.
  2. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    check out bongomania's reviews.
  3. wizay


    Mar 5, 2008
  4. jimmyjammer


    Jul 28, 2008
    + for Bongomania's page. He's da man
  5. All you need to know, is Bongo.

    Bo' knows Bo'.
  6. Kingkananga

    Kingkananga Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    Hey! first post for me but i can tell you what i have come to use today, Electro-Harmonix Black Finger.
    For me, it has provided an unbeleivable tone and one which i could'nt get through standard compression on a solid state amp.
    They are pricey but they do provide you with great flexibility and a real nice warm tube tone. also you can tweak it to get real gravelly punchy tone from it too.
    I play a mix of blues and rock, suits the warm fat tone nicely. then when i want to play some popping funk or harsher punk sound i would tweak it to a really punchy sound.
  7. Chris V.

    Chris V. Guest

    Jun 8, 2007
    Guildford / Exeter
    I just got an EBS MultiComp today and it sounds fantastic. I'm very happy.
  8. harrythehatchet

    harrythehatchet Guest

    Nov 16, 2008
    check bongos facts,then buy the maxon.its awesome.
  9. chunkydigits

    chunkydigits Guest

    Jan 6, 2009
    Thanks for the help. I think I will check into those reviews then go try the pedals that got positive reviews.
  10. bongo's reviews are super-helpful. he makes his opinion clear but he also provides enough info that you can kinda figure out if you would like it more than him.
  11. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The Black Finger is awesome, as is the TRex Squeezer. Tube comps in general can really warm up your tone.
  12. pbassist


    Nov 2, 2008
    I had a Boss CS-3 for a couple years, and I think that there are better compressors out there, the CS-3 filters a lot of lows and it's not well suited for a bass. In order to give you some advice I would need to know which music style you do and which sound do you want to get.
  13. Antman3820

    Antman3820 Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Toms River, NJ

    Bongo's reviews helped me with my choice.....I got the Maxon cp-9pro

    I havent looked back
  14. afroman


    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Demeter Compulator and EBS Multi-Comp are some of the most popular but in the $200 range.

    Lower range: Aphex Punch Factory, BBE Opto Stomp, MXR Super Comp, etc
  15. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I had an EBS MultiComp then went to a BBE Opto Stomp. I've been very pleased with both units.
  16. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Yes, check out Bongo's thread. ALL of it. It'll take a while, but its worth it. I go between and Demeter Compulator and an EBS Multi-comp depending on the bass and the kind of music. I think its like pre's, at some point you just gotta try 'em. I guess that applies to basses too, huh:bag:
  17. pringlw

    pringlw Guest

    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    +1 Great unit
  18. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Don't buy anything until you've tried the Keeley comp.
    I have the 2 knob version. Absolutely the most dynamic ,AND more importantly, totally transparent stomp box comp available (IMHO).
    It costs a little more than the Boss but it's worth every penny.

  19. Units that get good to great reviews around here:

    Demeter Compulator (I own this one)
    Diamond Compressor
    EBS MultiComp

    The Diamond is the cheapest of them. I believe Bongo has this pedal on his list of reviews to come in the near future.

    Since the Bongo reviews have been referenced already, I'll add these links:

    Demeter HC Reviews
    Diamond HC Reviews
    MultiComp HC Reviews

    Keep in mind, the majority of reviewers for the first two pedals are guitarists.